Created by a vote of Town Meeting in April 2004, the Open Space & Recreation Committee conducts continuous review and oversight of the Open Space Plan for the Town. Its duties include:

  1. Keeping the Town current with State requirements for open space or recreation plans and with opportunities and eligibility for State funding;
  2. Reviewing and revising a Five-Year Action Plan for open space preservation and recreational needs;
  3. Increasing public awareness and support of open or recreational space through education, advocacy, and promotion of land trusts, conservation, or agricultural restrictions for suitable properties; and
  4. Submitting an annual report to the Board of Selectmen

View the 2010 Open Space & Recreation Plan


The Open Space & Recreation Committee has five members who are appointed to 2-year terms. Current members include:

 Frederick Civian    Conservation Commission 
 Georganna Woods At Large   Town Moderator
 Jonathan Briggs    Parks & Recreation Commission 
 Michael Podolski    Planning Board
 Brendan Keogh    Board of Selectmen
 Dennis Cunningham    
 Stephanie Radner At Large  Town Moderator


Town boards and committees consist of volunteers who may not be available during business hours. If you need a response during business hours, please contact the Planning & Zoning Department.


The Open Space & Recreation Committee typically meets the third Monday of every month. Public meeting dates and times are posted at Town Hall and the Dedham Public Library at least 48 hours before each meeting in compliance with the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law. Meeting agendas will also be posted on this website.