Lawrence Open Space & Recreation Plan 2018—2025 Public Comment Draft

The City of Lawrence is fortunate to have a large park system providing opportunities for active and passive recreation.  This system is comprised of 48 city parks (340 acres), three park units managed by the Commonwealth’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (46 acres), and three city managed cemeteries (140 acres).  The management of this system is guided by the city's Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP). 

Updated every seven years, the OSRP provides an inventory and assessment of the condition of open space, natural resources, parks, and other recreation facilities.  Based on this assessment as well as input from the community, a set of goals and objectives have been developed to outline a vision for the community relative to its parks and other open spaces.  The OSRP also contains a Seven-Year Action Plan, which outlines specific tasks city departments and its partners will accomplish to advance the goals the community has identified.

A current OSRP allows the City to be eligible for state, federal, and non-profit funding for park land improvements and acquisition. These funding sources are allocated to communities that have undergone planning to determine how the community needs can best be met using comprehensive programs and investments to address multiple objectives.

Over the past year the city has worked with Groundwork Lawrence to conduct public meetings, stakeholder interviews, and a survey to better understand the needs of the community.  The draft plan is now available for public comment between May 1st and 30th.  This is an opportunity for residents and stakeholders to better understand the plan and advise the city on how to make it better.  Comments can be sent by mail or email to its park planning partner at:

Brad Buschur
Groundwork Lawrence
50 Island Street, Suite 101
Lawrence MA 01840 

Public comments on the plan are greatly appreciated. 


Vilma Martínez-Dominguez

Community Development Director

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