Parks & Recreation Commission

Mission Statement

The mission of the Newton Parks and Recreation Commission is to act in stewardship to enhance the quality of life for all citizens by providing the highest quality parks, recreation programs and recreation areas attainable and to preserve our natural areas for future generations.  The Parks & Recreation Commission provides oversight and advice to the Mayor, Board of Aldermen, and the Parks and Recreation Department regarding sports, recreation, parks, open space, and the preservation of scenic beauty throughout the city.  The Commission attempts to balance the concerns of natural open space preservation and passive recreation with those of organized sports and active recreation by involving these and other interested parties in its planning, oversight, and decision making processes


The Parks and Recreation Department is comprised of Divisions of Recreation Programs, Maintenance, Beautification, Forestry and Administration. To meet Newton's growing interest and enthusiasm for both active and passive recreation and to provide Newton's population with meaningful recreation opportunities, the Recreation Programs Division sponsors a variety of year round programs for tots through senior adults.

Meeting Schedule

Location: Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Meeting: Third Monday of each month (If a holiday falls on the 3rd Monday, the meeting would take place on the 4th Monday)

Meeting Time: 7:00 pm

Submit a Proposal

To submit a proposal to the Commission for use of Parks & Recreation land, Please follow these steps:
(please note this is a two month process)

1. Contact the Commission Secretary to provide a written copy of the
proposal and make an appointment with the P & R Commissioner. 
Contact the secretary at 617.796.1510 or e-mail

2. You will be added to the Commission agenda for an informational meeting. 
The proposal is presented to the Commission and discussed with the Commission members.

3. The next step is a public hearing. 
Neighbors of the area will be notified of the proposal and be invited to attend the next Commission meeting to ask questions and comment on the proposal.

4. When a proposal is approved and a special permit is required, a special permit application is submitted to the Permit Manager, Sheila Butts,

Parks & Recreation Commission Manual

Commission Members
Ward 1 Al Cecchinelli
Ward 2 Arthur Magni, Chairman
Ward 3 Midge Connolly
Ward 4 Melissa Sommer
Ward 5 Byron Dunker
Ward 6 Andrew Stern
Ward 7 Richard Tucker, Vice-Chairman
Ward 8 Patty Kerwin Derrick
Alternates Michael Clarke, Jack Neville, Sam Figler, Mark Feldhusen
Commissioner Nicole Banks
Secretary Robin McLaughlin

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