Project Overview

The Dedham Parks and Recreation Commission and the Open Space and Recreation Committee are combining efforts to develop a Parks and Recreation and Open Space Master Plan and Open Space and Recreation Plan Update. The update is for the existing 2010 Open Space and Recreation Plan.

The purpose of the project is to develop a comprehensive Parks and Recreation and Open Space Master Plan for the Town of Dedham’s parks and recreational programming. The goal of the project is to develop a mutually supported plan that provides guidance for future development and redevelopment and maintenance of the town’s parks, recreation programming, which also includes open space, trails, facilities, natural features and landscape. The Master Plan will guide policy development, delivery of services, prioritize demands and opportunities, and generate a strategic action plan that will be updated every five (5) years. It will support expansion opportunities for ground-breaking amenities by creating a facility and space needs assessment using population growth, and be rooted in innovative strategies including all-inclusive public engagement and cross-boundary/collaborative approaches. The project will seek to incorporate accessibility, environmental and conservation opportunities.

In addition, the findings from the Parks and Recreation and Open Space Master Plan will be incorporated into the Open Space and Recreation Plan Update. The update will focus on passive recreation and open space-related topics and include costs related to passive recreation and open space needs.

What's Happening Right Now?

Public Workshop

  • When: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Where: Oakdale Elementary School – Gymnasium, 147 Cedar Street, Dedham
  • CLICK HERE for more information

Town-Wide Community Survey

Thank you to the over 500 respondents who completed the Community Survey regarding the open space, environmental, and recreation issues in Dedham.  Your input is appreciated!  Check back soon for the raw data and summary of findings.

Feedback from the March 7 Public Workshop is Ready!

CLICK HERE to see the presentation and a summary of what you and your neighbors had to say.

Project Team

The Horsley Witten Group, Inc. and Birchwood Design Group (Project Team) have been hired by the Town of Dedham to complete the project.  The Project Team has initiated Phase 1, evaluating the existing inventory of parks and recreational facilities, as well as updating the background sections of the Open Space and Recreation Plan.

Project Steering Committee

  • Dan Hart
  • Kevin Hughes
  • Jim Maher
  • Stephanie Radner
  • Clarissa Robyn
  • Mac Sterling
  • Tracey White

Municipal Liaisons

  • Rich McCarthy
  • Bob Stanley

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