Open Space & Recreation Committee

The Open Space and Recreation Committee consists of 7 members, each serving a 3-year terms. It was formulated to create and implement an Open Space and Recreation Plan for the City which will: 

  1. Ensure the existence, smart use, and access to open space in perpetuity
  2. Ensure that contiguous areas, functions, and values that depend on them are maintained
  3. Propose a process for agreements with abutters with shared use/conservation interests for enhancing open space
  4. Recommend planned city growth and business development in a way that fully contemplates and strives to maintain the functions, values, uses, and vision for open space in Gloucester 
  5. Establish a criteria and process for ceding open space to development or dedicated use
  6. Promote awareness and use of open spaces through a descriptive inventory of open spaces


  • Open Space and Recreation Committee meetings are scheduled on an as needed basis to guide the development of the Plan.  
  • Meetings will be held in person and posted on the Public Notices page. 
  • Please visit Past Remote Public Meetings on the City's website to view meetings that were held virtually in the past. 

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meeting.
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Meeting results are available, following approval.
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First NameLast NameTitleTo Expire
HeidiWakemanChairFebruary 14, 2024
NoelMannMemberFebruary 14, 2024
DanMorrisMemberFebruary 14, 2023
DaveSargentMemberFebruary 14, 2024
Fulfilling the unexpired term of Patty Amaral
MarkPoulinMemberFebruary 14, 2023
Fulfilling the unexpired term of Charles Crowley
LiamAnastasia-MurphyMemberFebruary 14, 2024
Richard QuatemanMember               February 14, 2023
Fulfilling the unexpired term of Jerome Goularts

Open Space & Recreation Committee Staff  and Consultants 

To speak with the Open Space & Recreation Committee’s professional staff in the City's Planning Division, please call (978) 325-5230 or email

During planning for the 2022 Open Space and Recreation Plan, the City engaged consultants with experience in the preparation of Open Space and Recreation Plans through the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)'s Land Use Department.

Open Space and Recreation Plan 

The Open Space & Recreation Committee is currently developing a new 2022 Open Space and Recreation Plan The public is encouraged to attend the Open Space & Recreation Committee meetings for updates on the plan. For reference please visit City of Gloucester 2011-2017 Open Space and Recreation Plan to view the previous plan for the City.