Open Space & Recreation Committee

The Open Space & Recreation Committee advises the Mayor, City Council, City departments, private organizations and the general public on matters concerning open space and recreation, and works to acquire and preserve land and ecosystems within Beverly. The Committee's functions include preparing updating a five-year open space and recreation plan for current and future use, preparing a continuing inventory of open space in the City, researching and recommending financing alternatives for acquisition and preservation of open space and the development of recreational facilities, and recommending any changes in state and local laws to facilitate acquisition and preservation of open space.

Meetings

  • 7:00 pm
  • 1st Wednesday of every month (see schedule below)
  • Meetings are held virtually currently. See the City Calendar for access information. 

Meeting Schedule

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes | View Archived Agendas and Minutes

Members

MemberTerm Expires
David Alden-St. Pierre, Chair, Ward 5 Representative
August 31, 2023
Charlie Mann, Community-at-Large RepresentativeAugust 31, 2023
David Brewster, Vice Chair, Ward 1 RepresentativeAugust 31, 2022
Todd Callaghan, Harbor Management Authority August 31, 2023
Alison Dudley, Ward 3 RepresentativeAugust 31, 2023
Elizabeth Dunne, Ward 6 RepresentativeAugust 31, 2021
Marilyn McCrory, Ward 2 RepresentativeAugust 31, 2023
Wayne Miller, Planning Board RepresentativeAugust 31, 2022
Gregory Sharp, Community-at-LargeAugust 31, 2023


What We Do

Beverly's Open Space and Recreation Committee work to acquire and preserve land and ecosystems within Beverly. These areas provide a healthy environment for wildlife and plants and areas for passive or active recreational use by the public. Areas of high natural, scenic and/or recreational value are priorities for the Committee. In order to assure the protection of valued land, we assist in the creation of trails for passive recreation, community gardens, playing fields, beaches and playgrounds.

Public education is an important part of our mission, which involves providing informational signage at several open space properties, outdoor educational activities and land use and protection workshops. The Committee also provides opportunities for the public to appreciate and enjoy Beverly's:

  • Beaches
  • Gardens
  • Parks
  • Playgrounds and fields
  • Preserved natural areas
  • Water resources
  • Wetlands

Mission Statement

The mission of the City of Beverly Open Space and Recreation Committee is to preserve, maintain and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Beverly by developing and maintaining an open space plan. The plan identifies and recommends open space acquisitions and identifies other creative strategies to preserve open space based on public input and in consideration of City government policies and action and the City's Master Plan.

Earth Day Walk Series

Check back in the spring for next year’s walk schedule!

Resources

Open Space Plan Update Presentations (January 2015)

Ownership of Beverly's Open Spaces

OwnersAcreage
Beverly Conservation Commission423
Beverly Park and Recreation Department98
Beverly Golf and Tennis Club, City Owned160
Other City-owned160
Non Profit Organizations309
Total Open Space (not all is permanently protected)1,150
Total Land in Beverly9,680