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Park & Recreation Commission
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The five members of the Needham Park and Recreation Commission are elected by residents to three-year terms.
  • Christopher J. Gerstel, Chairman
    Term Expires: 2021
  • Cynthia J. Chaston, Vice-Chairman
    Term Expires: 2019
  • David C. DiCicco
    Term Expires: 2021
  • Michelle S. Geddes
    Term Expires: 2019
  • Matthew M. Toolan
          Term Expires: 2020

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 Rosemary Pool, a 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