Open Space & Recreation Plan


The Town of Amherst is updating it's Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP), which has not been updated since 2009. The updated Plan will be used to guide the Town's decisions regarding the use, management, and acquisition of Amherst's valued open spaces, conservation areas, parks, and recreational resources over the next seven years.

Town staff is working with the Conservation Commission, Leisure Services and Supplemental Education (LSSE) Commission, and the public to gather input and prepare the updated Plan, which will be valid through 2024.

Public Participation

Town staff encourage residents to participate in the process of updating the OSRP. The Town needs your input! There are three options for providing your ideas and opinions on open space and recreational resources in Amherst: fill out the public survey, attend a public meeting, or provide comment on the draft updated plan.

Public Survey
Please complete this short survey on what you currently value in Amherst's open space and recreational resources, and what you'd like to see happen with these resources in the future. A link to the survey is provided. The survey will be available on-line through April 14, 2017. 

Complete online at:

Or download document

OSRP 2017 Survey

and email or mail to:


Nate Malloy
Senior Planner
Department of Conservation & Development
4 Boltwood Avenue
Amherst, MA  01002
(413) 259-3322

Public Meetings

Public meetings discussing the OSRP Update were held on Thursday, February 23rd and Wednesday, March 1st. Plans are underway for additional public meetings and we will post the date, time, and location as soon as possible. 

Provide Comment 

The Town is currently looking for your comments and suggestions on the draft updated plan. Links to the draft plan are provided below, as well as links to the existing 2009 approved plan for comparison. What are your ideas, thoughts, and visions for Amherst's open space and recreation resources? Comments on the draft or existing OSRP may be submitted by email, postal mail, or by phone to Nate Malloy at the address above.

2017 Draft Updated Plan 
2017 Draft Updated Plan 

Required Maps
Map 1: Regional Context
Map 2: Population Characteristics - Env Justice Populations
Map 3: Zoning
Map 4: Soils and Geologic Features
Map 5: Scenic Resources and Unique Features
Map 6: Water Resources
Map 7: Inventory of Protected Lands
Map 8: Action Plan

2009 Approved Plan  


Required Maps






Nate Malloy
​OSRP Update Coordinator


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