Open Space & Recreation Committee

The Open Space & Recreation Committee (OSRC) 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.

Recent News!

The Open Space and Recreation Plan is being updated, and we want your feedback! Please take our survey using the link below.

The public survey for the Open Space and Recreation Plan will be open from Monday, September 20th at 12:00 PM to Friday, October 15th at 12:00 PM.

Click this link to take the survey.

Hard copies of the survey are available in the Planning Department in City Hall at 191 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915. If you need assistance accessing the survey, please contact Chelsea Zakas in the Planning Department (978) 605-2346.

Fall 2021 Public Forum

The City held a public forum for the 2022 Open Space and Recreation Plan update on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the City Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall. During the public forum, City staff and Open Space and Recreation Committee members shared information about the plan, discussed next steps in the planning process, and gathered feedback from Beverly residents. Below is a link to a recording of the public forum. It is also available on BevCam's YouTube channel.

Click this link to view the recording of the public forum.


Meetings

  • 7:00 pm
  • 1st Wednesday of every month (see schedule below)
  • Meetings locations may vary. Please see the meeting agenda for the meeting location.

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 RepresentativeAugust 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, 2024
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

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