Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park
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.
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!
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.
I love this place it's great pet friendly kid friendly bike friendly quiet peaceful big enough to wander around pool tennis jungle gym swing ball field picnics love it love it
great park, with a nice walking trail and playgrounds. wish the dog park were a little bigger but it's the only one around here so we love coming here. very helpful that the park does not close at dusk.
Beautiful family place with trails to walk a couple playgrounds a new pool house anf a skate park