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Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park

340 Recreation Park Road

The Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park, also known as the Rec. Park by local residents, was named in honor of Police Chief Dana L. Thompson, who was killed in the line of duty in 1972. The Park encompasses more than 88 acres, the newly erected Park House, 6 lane swimming pool, diving board and kiddie pool, three baseball diamonds, multipurpose athletic fields, three playgrounds for kids of all ages, one-mile walking path, a dog park that is owned and operated by the Manchester Dog Park (a not-for-profit organization), a skateboard park, outdoor basketball courts and three tennis courts. A trail in the northeast corner of the Park leads to Riley Rink and a trail in the southeast corner leads to Manchester Elementary-Middle School (MEMS) and downtown Manchester. Restrooms are available at the Park House.


Martin Cohen

Monday, July 9, 2018
Excellent! Great local swimming pool. Free to locals, fee ($10 adults) for nonlocal. Clean life guard and wifi. Shade picnic tables, pavilions, and chairs.

Justin Sweeney

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Very nice people, awesome place to spend time with friends and family!

Marietta Trombley

Saturday, March 17, 2018
We had a baby shower here it was easy to get to and a very nice place to have a gathering.

Eva Csuhai

Friday, July 28, 2017
The best-designed park I have ever been to! There is something here for everybody, from birds to dogs, to kids and parents, to gardeners and ball-players. Lots of space, lots of venues, but still everything is very accessible and well-maintained. Thanks for a great experience in Manchester!

Karen Preissler

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017
Pool was more warm than I expected for an outside pool. Is heated. Closed early this year (2017). Good walking paths. Bike trails. Skate board ramps. Picnic, play, b-b-q, team practice and events, group meets. Dog park. Mountain views. Conference area.

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