Open Space & Recreation Plan Committee

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About the Committee

The most recent Shrewsbury Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP), prepared in 2012 has expired. The Town is eligible for certain open space and recreation grant programs if they have a valid OSRP. An OSRP also allows a municipality to maintain and enhance all the benefits of open space that together make up much of the character of the community and protect the "green infrastructure" of the community. Planning this "green infrastructure" of water supply, land, working farms and forests, viable wildlife habitats, parks, recreation areas, trails, and greenways is as important to the economic future of a community as planning for schools, roads, water, and wastewater infrastructure.


The Board of Selectmen appointed the At-Large Open Space and Recreation Plan Committee Members on July 12, 2011. The Planning Board, Conservation Commission, and Parks and Cemetery Commission appointed 1 member from their respective groups to serve on the Open Space and Recreation Plan Commission in June of 2011.


The Open Space and Recreation Plan Committee will be hosting a virtual public forum Monday, August 31st 6:00-7:30 PM. Come share your vision for the open space in Shrewsbury! Please use the link above or contact the Planning Department to be added to the guest list.

Shrewsbury 2020 Draft OSRP Section 3

Shrewsbury 2020 Draft OSRP Section 4

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agenda (PDF) | View All Agendas and Minutes

Committee Members

  • Prashanth Ram, At Large Member
  • Paul Gannon, Jr., At Large Member 
  • Tom Siwek, At Large Member 
  • Martha Gach, Conservation Commission Representative
  • Peter Collins, Lake Quinsigamond Commission Representative 
  • James Brown, Parks and Cemetery Commission Representative 
  • Joseph Thomas, Planning Board Representative 
  • Susan Colwell, Trails Committee Representative

Staff Liaison

  • Kristen Las, Assistant Town Manager/Economic Development Coordinator

Shrewsbury Trail Maps

Review a townwide view of some of the walking trails in Shrewsbury, compiled by the Shrewsbury Trails Committee and Engineering Department.

Open Space & Recreation Plans