Open Space & Recreation Plan

Lake in the City Methuen

Methuen has updated its Open Space and Recreation Plan for the 2020s, a decade which marks our community's tricentennial. The plan update has been an opportunity for the City to assess its existing park facilities, conservation lands and open areas and build local capacity to finance, maintain and manage recreation and land conservation programs.

The plan includes an inventory & condition assessment of Methuen's conservation land and recreation resources, documents needs and capacity constraints, and outlines priorities and opportunities for improving Methuen's park facilities and protecting its natural resources, all as part of a 2020s action agenda by the City. The plan maintains the City's eligibility to apply for state and federal funding programs for park improvements and conservation land acquisitions.

Methuen's Updated Open Space and Recreation Plan

You can also view the Appendix GIS Map series by MVPC (PDF) and the Land Preservation Prioritization Maps done by Essex Greenbelt (PDF).

Also now available is the Documentation of Public Process and Comments Regarding the Plan and Open Space/Recreation Needs Survey (PDF).

Mayor Perry has named an advisory committee of citizens representing recreation, conservation, cultural and neighborhood interests throughout the City to guide the plan development process. View the Advisory Committee Members (PDF).

View the Open Space and Recreation Plan Photo Gallery.

Presentations / Documents from Advisory Committee Meetings

For more information about Methuen's Open Space and Recreation planning process, email Joseph Cosgrove Environmental Planner.

Important Documents & Links