The Community impact of Parks, Recreation, and Open Space
March 26, 2020
The Derry Parks & Recreation Department is pleased to present the Recreational and Facility Needs Study which was completed by the Department of Recreation Management and Policy, Community Planning and Research Collaborative (CPARC), at the University of New Hampshire.
To go directly to the Study, CLICK HERE
It has been important to the Town of Derry Parks & Recreation department to have a wide scope of community input with this project and we greatly appreciate the considerable community support received in completing this assessment. The UNH Project team met with 6 focus groups which included senior citizens, school faculty and participants, sports leagues and organizations, non-profit organizations, volunteers, and Parks & Recreation employees. In addition, there was an interactive public forum with wonderful resident participation, in-person as well as online and at home. Lastly, thank you to the 479 individuals and families who completed the lengthy survey electronically or on paper.
This document is an important and valuable tool that we hope will be used to develop future improvements to the facilities and open spaces you use. Especially at a time where we feel as though there are so many uncertainties, we like to remind you, our community, that we are here with you and here to support you. We’ve been seeing a substantial increase in visits from residents to enjoy miles of trails, open parks, and green space. Here is some guidance from the Nation Recreation and Park Association on Using Parks and Open Space While Maintaining social distancing In addition, we understand the importance Parks & Recreation plays to mental health as shown here. The National Alliance for Mental Health has also provided additional resources on their website which provides a crisis helpline that’s available by phone call, text, and email.
The Recreation assessment for the Town of Derry is only one piece of what could become a plan for your community. To move any plan forward, we need you! It’s important to us that your voice continues to be heard, so we ask you today for your feedback on this study. We also ask that if we can support you at this time, that you reach out- even if it's to share a friendly hello! At this time, we are still available Monday through Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm and can be reach by email or phone at (603) 432-6136 While we have slightly shifted our work, we are also simultaneously using this time to plan and then take action for future facility improvements.
Please feel free to email or call us with any comments, suggestions, questions, etc. We thank you for your continued support.
Stay healthy, social distance, and please wash your hands.
Your Derry Parks & Recreation Department