Open Space and Recreation Plan

The completed 2020 Longmeadow Open Space Plan is now available for viewing. 

Questions on the Open Space and Recreation Plan? Call or email the Parks and Recreation Department: 413.565.4160

Longmeadow Open Space and Recreation Plan

We would like to thank the community of Longmeadow for your participation in this process.  Your feedback made for a thoughtful and inclusive document. 

We would also like to thank the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) and especially Emily Slotnick, for their hard work and dedication to this process and the final plan preparation.

Last, we would like to thank the OSRP committee for their dedication to this 13 month process.  Your hours of meeting, planning and participating made this working document come to life.

Kristin Carnahan- Longmeadow Resident

Patrick Carnahan- Tree Committee

Andrea Chasen- Conservation  Commisison and Energy & Sustainability Committee

Walter Gunn- Planning Board and Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

Jamie Hensch- School Committee

Bari Jarvis- Longmeadow Parks and Recreation

Tim Keane- Town Engineer

Geoffrey McAlmond- Deputy DPW Director

Arlene Miller- Recycling Commission

Margaret Rakas- Chair, Parks and Recreation Board

Lyn Simmons- Town Manager

  1. Goal #1 - Town owned parks and conservation areas are used for their intended and allowed purposes and safe for all users.
  2. Goal #2 - Recreation needs of all Longmeadow residents are met by expanding opportunities and upgrading conditions of existing facilities
  3. Goal #3 – Local parks and conservation areas are well cared for, managed and maintained.
  4. Goal #4 – The Connecticut River and its floodplain are protected as a wildlife corridor and used for passive recreation.
  5. New: Goal #5 – Strengthen Longmeadow’s climate change resilience through park and open space design and preservation.
Objectives: Actions:
• Improve compliance with posted rules and regulations for each town owned park and/or conservation area • Promote/post current rules and regulations at town parks and conservation lands and at edge of abutting property where access is observed.
• New: Expand educational resources about existing open spaces, trail networks, and other resources • Develop “ticketing” system implemented by volunteer core for local park rule violators (i.e. not picking up after your dog) (moved from Goal #3)
• New: Expand community programming to increase residents’ exposure and awareness of existing conservation lands and passive recreational resources   
• New: Ensure Town recreational resources are accessible to residents of all physical abilities