Save the Date: Dedham Trails Day has moved to Sunday, August 19th!

Save the date for our annual Dedham Trails Day event taking place Sunday, August 19th at the Dolan Center, 269 Common Street from 9:30-1:00pm. Registration will be up soon for the 5K Trail Run/Walk with prizes from L.L. Bean going to first and second place winners in mens, womens, kids, and masters age groups. Each participant will receive an amazing Legacy Place Swag Bag. In addition to the run we will be hosting a paddle race at 11:00am as well as trail day activities, food and family fun from 9:30-1:00. Check back soon for registration and event details!

Dedham Open Space and Recreation Survey Results

The focus of the survey was on what Dedham residents think about open space, environmental and recreation issues in Dedham. The Town is updating its Open Space and Recreation Plan so that Dedham can continue to be eligible for state funding and map out goals and objectives for the community. The purpose of the plan is to inventory and assess current open space and recreation resources, to articulate community needs, goals and objectives, and to prepare an action plan for the next seven years.

Survey Results

Dedham Heritage Rail Trail Feasibility Study Presentation

The Dedham Heritage Rail Trail is a community-led effort to transform a 1.5 mile stretch of abandoned railway into a new linear park and cultural greenway. The proposed project would convert the abandoned railway into a pedestrian and bike path, which will incorporate public art and community gardens, as well as connect the adjacent neighborhoods to each other and to Boston. Join us on Tuesday, June 13th, 7pm at the Dedham Middle School for a presentation of the study by consultants Weston & Sampson.

Dedham Heritage Rail Trail Feasibility Study

If you would like to support this initiative, please contact the Friends of the Dedham Heritage Rail Trail by visiting their website at or email

2017 Dedham Park and Recreation\Open Space Master Plan

The purpose of the project is to develop a comprehensive Parks and Recreation and Open Space Master Plan for the Town of Dedham. The goal of the project is to develop a mutually supported plan that provides guidance for future development and redevelopment and maintenance of the town’s parks, recreation programming, which also includes open space, trails, facilities, natural features and landscape. The Master Plan will guide policy development, delivery of services, prioritize demands and opportunities, and generate a strategic action plan to be updated every seven (7) years. It will support expansion opportunities for ground-breaking amenities by creating a facility and space needs assessment using population growth, and be rooted in innovative strategies including all-inclusive public engagement and cross-boundary/collaborative approaches. In addition, the project will seek to incorporate accessibility and environmental & conservation opportunities.

The Park and Recreation\Open Space Master Plan Committee has chose Horsely and Witten as the vendor for the project.

To stay in the loop with the process, subscribe to Parks and Recreation Commission Event emails, as well as Parks and Recreation News on the Town of Dedham's eNotifications page.