Parks and Recreation

The Dover Parks and Recreation Department reports to the Parks and Recreation Commissioners who are elected. The Dover Parks and Recreation Department develops and implements recreational activities for all ages. It is in charge of the care, maintenance and planning for all park lands as well as Dover school grounds, protective agency grounds, and the grounds of the library, Town House and Caryl Community Center. Dover Parks and Recreation coordinates special events and summer camps.

Contacting the Parks and Recreation Department

Please visit the Parks and Recreation website: www.doverrec.com
Office Hours:
Monday-Friday
9-11 am – open to public
11–1 pm – closed to public
1-5 pm – open to public

Office Location: 2nd Floor of the Caryl School building. (Across the street from the Town House.)

Phone: 508-785-0476
Fax: 508-785-8123

Mailing Address:
Parks and Recreation
P.O. Box 250
Dover, MA 02030

Position Employee Email
Director David MacTavish dave@doverrec.com
Assistant Director Mark Ghiloni info@doverrec.com
Programming Assistant Amy Caffrey office@doverrec.com

Parks and Recreation Commission Members

Position Member Term Expires Email
Member Nancy Simms 2017 nsimms@doverma.org
Member Peter Davies 2018 pdavies@doverma.org
Member Valerie Lin 2018 vlin@doverma.org
Chair Christopher Boland 2019 cboland@doverma.org
Member Eric H. Loeffler 2019 eloeffler@doverma.org

Meetings

Meetings are generally held the first Wednesday of the month. Check the meeting calendar for specific dates and times. Review the Parks and Recreation Commission’s meeting minutes for a record of their meetings.

Dover Town Code Description of Responsibilities

Town Code
There shall be a five-member Park and Recreation Commission elected on a rotating basis of one or two members each year for three-year terms. The Commission shall have jurisdiction over all park lands and public recreation programs within the Town and shall have powers and duties which shall include, but shall not be limited to, those specified in M.G.L. ch. 45, §§ 2, 5.

Frequently Asked Questions

Many questions can be answered by visiting the Parks and Recreation website.

How can I get a sticker for the boat landing?
You can get one in our office for $10. See the Parks and Recreation website for more information.

When is Dover Days Fair?
Visit the Parks and Recreation website for information.

Can anyone use the tennis courts?
Dover residents may use the courts when they are not scheduled for lessons or tournaments.

What programs are available for children?
Visit the Parks and Recreation website for information.

Are there walking trails?
Yes. Visit the Conservation Commission page for more information and to find info on Wylde Woods. You can also visit the Parks and Recreation website for information.

How can I get approval to put a sign on the Town Common?
Signs can be put on the Town Common if your organization is a non-profit and is located in Dover. Contact Parks and Recreation for details at 508-785-0476.

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