Open Space & Recreation Plan


The Town of Amherst is updating it's Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP), which has not been updated since 2009. The updated Plan will be used to guide the Town's decisions regarding the use, management, and acquisition of Amherst's valued open spaces, conservation areas, parks, and recreational resources over the next seven years.

Town staff is working with the Conservation Commission, Leisure Services and Supplemental Education (LSSE) Commission, and the public to gather input and prepare the updated Plan, which will be valid through 2024.

Public Participation

Town staff encourage residents to participate in the process of updating the OSRP. The Town needs your input! There are three options for providing your ideas and opinions on open space and recreational resources in Amherst: fill out the public survey, attend a public meeting, or provide comment on the existing Open Space and Recreation Plan.

Public Survey
Please complete this short survey on what you currently value in Amherst's open space and recreational resources, and what you'd like to see happen with these resources in the future. A link to the survey is provided. The survey will be available on-line through February 27, 2017. 

Complete online at:

Or download document

OSRP 2017 Survey

and email or mail to:


Nate Malloy
Senior Planner
Department of Conservation & Development
4 Boltwood Avenue
Amherst, MA  01002
(413) 259-3322

Public Meetings

Public meetings discussing the OSRP Update will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, February 22nd at 7:00 pm, Town Room, 2nd Floor, Town Hall as part of a Conservation Commission meeting,
  • Thursday, February 23rd at 7:00 pm in the LSSE Office, Amherst Regional Middle School, as part of an LSSE Commission meeting, and
  • Wednesday, March 1st at 7:00pm in Glass Room, Lower Level, Bangs Center.

Please come and offer your comments and thoughts on updating the Plan!

Provide Comment 

The Town is currently looking for your comments and suggestions on Sections 6,7,8, & 9 of the current OSRP. What are your ideas, thoughts, and visions for Amherst's open space and recreation resources? Links to the existing OSRP, approved in 2009, are provided below. Comments on the existing OSRP may be submitted by email, postal mail, or by phone to Nate Malloy at the address above.

  The Plan


Required Maps






Nate Malloy
​OSRP Update Coordinator


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