Park & Recreation Commission

March 14, 2022 Announcement: The Town of Needham Park and Recreation Commission and Select Board are seeking a volunteer to serve on the Park and Recreation Commission. Normally an elected office, this appointment would serve to fill the position until the Annnual Town Election on April 11, 2023. If you are interested, please apply via the Applicant Interest form on the Town website.


The five members of the Needham Park and Recreation Commission are elected by residents to three-year terms.

  • Cynthia J. Chaston, Chair
    Term Expires: 2022
  • Christopher J. Gerstel, Vice-Chair
    Term Expires: 2024
  • Michelle S. Geddes
    Term Expires: 2022
  • Dina R. Hannigan
    Term Expires: 2024
  • Frederica Lalonde
    Term Expires: 2024


Empowered by Chapter 45 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Park and Recreation Commission:

  • Serves as steward of over 300 acres of parkland, including the Town Forest
  • Administers and schedules all outdoor athletic facilities
  • Oversees the Pools at RRC, an outdoor summer aquatics facility
  • Develops long-range plans related to open space and recreation
  • Coordinates and provides support services to many community organizations
  • Provides youth leadership training and volunteer resource development