The Parks Commission was established in the 1954 Village ordinance. It was allowed to lapse approximately fifteen years later, but was re-established in 1988 by unanimous vote of the Council. The present Parks Commission has seven members (each appointed for a 3 year term) and meets monthly with additional meetings as necessary. Its responsibilities include drawing up the annual parks budget, and after Council approval at the beginning of the budget year, administering the budget with periodic reports to council. The Parks Commission is also responsible for the development of a five-year plan that outlines proposed enhancements to Manchester’s Parks system.