Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
Cultural Nonprofit
Town of Manchester

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 95 acres, theGoogle Map newly erected Park House, 6 lane swimming pool with diving board, three baseball diamonds, softball field, 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), newly constructed (2019) skateboard park, three 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 Park is open daily until 10:00 PM and is located off of Bonnet Street (Route 30) on Recreation Park Road in Manchester Center.

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The Park House is located at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park. Built in 2013, this newly erected 4,500 square foot facility includes a 900 square foot Activity Room (complete with gas fireplace, kitchenette, tables and chairs for about 90 people, large screen high definition TV, blu-ray player, Wii, and sound system), vending machines, public Wi-Fi, first-aid room, bathrooms, changing rooms and showers, and houses the Parks and Recreation Department offices. The Activity Room is available for rent. For more details contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (802) 362-1439 or The Park House address is 340 Recreation Park Road in Manchester Center.

Town Swimming PoolThe Manchester swimming pool, located at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park, is open in the summer months, typically from the middle of June to just before Labor Day. The 6 lane swimming pool includes a diving board and an outdoor sound system. The pool is available for private parties. Public Wi-Fi is available. For more details about the pool, user fees and the pool schedule please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (802) 362-1439 or

The Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park includes several athletic fields, including Applejack Stadium, a championship quality regulation (up to 120 yards by 75 yards) soccer, football and lacrosse field complete with lighting, announcing booth, historic grandstand and food concessions. Applejack Stadium hosts a variety of sports including soccer, football and lacrosse from middle school to high school to college (Division I, II and III) and professional — Black Rock FC, who plays in USL League Two. 

Eckhardt Field and McClellan Field are located just north of Applejack Field. Each field is 125 yards by 75 yards. The fields include benches and electronic scoreboards. Applejack Stadium, Eckhardt Field and McClellan Field use is by permit only; contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 802-362-1439 to obtain a use permit.

In 2020, Burr and Burton Academy and the Town of Manchester reconstructed Knapp Field, named for Burr and Burton student-athlete Eric Knapp. The new field will be realigned, enlarged to 120 yards long and 75 yards wide, and improved. The new facility, located in the northwest quadrant of the Park include The Track at Knapp Field, a modern, rubberized 400 meter six lane (8 on the straightaway for the 100 meter dash) track and field facility open to the public except during high school track and field practices and meets. The facility includes the following field facilities: two long jump / triple jump pits; high jump; pole vault; shot put and discus. Knapp Field is used for javelin.

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Become a sponsor of Applejack Field. Call Brian Van Horn at (802) 362-1439 or to learn more. Use of Applejack Stadium  is by permit and for sporting events only. A fee of $400 for day events and $600 for evening (lighted) events applies. For more details contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (802) 362-1439 or

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Factory Point Town Green is located in the heart of Manchester on Depot Street near the intersection of Main Street. The nearby waterfall provides for perfect setting for sitting on the grass and enjoying the sun or throwing a frisbee with friends. The Town Green hosts two historic items, an local history interpretative marker and a marble monument from 1912 that was part of the original Center Bridge.Google Map

The stage in the Town Green, used in conjunction with the summer concerts series, was constructed by the Town’s Department of Public Works in 2014 using blocks of marble from the arch of Center Bridge that were removed during the rebuilding of the bridge in 2012 and 2013. The stage was later covered with a post-and-beam structure and named for long-time Selectboard chair Ivan C. Beattie. The Town Green was donated to the Town of Manchester by the Manchester Conservation Commission and Town residents.

Google MapAdams Park, the smallest park, is named for long time resident Harry Adams. The Park is located at the intersection of Main Street and Center Hill Road, just north of the downtown area. Between June and October, on Thursdays between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM, Adams Park hosts the Manchester Farmers’ Market.

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Operations Director
Mailing Address: 
340 Rec Park Rd
Manchester, VT 05255
Physical Address: 
340 Rec Park Rd
Manchester Center, VT 05255
Last Name: 
Van Horn


Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Non-Arts / Non-Humanities
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Institution/Business Type: 
Government - Executive (Municipal)
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City