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Open Space and Recreation Plans

Find details on Open Space and Recreation Plans (OSRPs) and links to resources you may find helpful in preparing your community’s OSRP.

Open Space and Recreation Plans are a tool through which a community plans for the future of its conservation and recreation resources.   OSRPs are informed by a thorough public participation process and reflect the needs of its community members.  The plans are reviewed and approved by the Commonwealth to ensure that they conform to the OSRP requirements.  When a community has an approved OSRP, it becomes eligible for DCS grant programs for up to seven years.

OSRP Review Process

  1. Send an electronic copy of your OSRP to Melissa Cryan at melissa.cryan@mass.gov with a cover letter identifying a contact person.
  2. OSRPs are reviewed in order received for completeness and conformity with OSRP requirements. For more information on the requirements, see the Open Space and Recreation Planner’s Workbook below.
  3. A conditional approval letter is sent, which details remaining items that need to be addressed prior to plan receiving final approval.
  4. Once those items are addressed, and a completed electronic copy of the plan with the changes/additions is emailed to DCS, a final approval letter is sent.

Additional Resources

Contact   for Open Space and Recreation Plans


100 Cambridge St, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02114

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