The Friends of Memorial Park Improvement Project, Inc.

509 (a) (2) Public Charity No. 83-1522096

The FOMPIP is happy to announce the formation of a "Tennis Courts" sub committee chaired by Ms. Jodi Harris.  Jodi, Ryan Madrigal and Melanie Hassel Healey will continue working with the DPW, CPC and Selectmen to coordinate the planning, fundraising and repair/construction of the tennis courts at Memorial Park. 

The total cost for this project is approx. $132,000.00. The CPC has  approved funding for the project for $49,999.00 (for materials only, per rules) and town meeting has already voted to approve that Warrant. 

We have fundraised a very good amount to date. We are presently looking for approx.$25,000.00 to complete the  fundraising and hopefully start the build in Spring/Summer of 2023. 

 You can reach out to Jodi at (508) 596-3767 or  for more info on the tennis buildout or to coordinate donations.  



Tennis Court Project : click here to make a Paypal/ credit card donation.  You may also send a check to: 

Friends of Memorial Park Project Inc.

Note: Tennis Courts 

PO Box 505, Manchester, MA 01944.  Thank you!

Thank you to our Grand Slam Partners, Bank Gloucester, Kelly Automotive Group and Mr. Ralph Bates, we could not have completed the baseball and Vet projects without their very generous donations!!

field plans with patio and ADA compliant walkway.pdf

The Friends of Memorial Park Improvement Project, Inc. (FOMPIP), a non-profit organization, was established by several Essex and Manchester Massachusetts residents, in August of 2018 with a common goal of making  Memorial Park's adult baseball facility and its adjacent War Memorial, improved and updated for all to enjoy for generations to come.  We work under the supervision and control of the Essex DPW and  in tandem with the the Veteran's Subcommittee.

We have completed the project and have elevated the ball park and the historic memorial to the level they deserve, so they can proudly be used by the entire town of Essex, Manchester Essex Regional High School Sports, Manchester Essex Little League Junior's Level, Manchester Essex Mariners Men's Baseball and the community at large for special events and ceremonies. 

Board member, Eric Gjerde, of Seaglass Architecture created the plans while keeping in mind the beauty,  integrity and environmental qualities of the property.  


It was a fun night and a fundraising success!

A special thank you to the following Essex restaurants for graciously donating food:


Windward Grille

The Farm

The Blue Marlin / The Boathouse

Cape Ann Pizza

Essex Pizza

We would also like to thank the following business for their donations to our silent auction and raffles: 

Bank GloucesterMike Ray and The Boston Red SoxEssex Clam Bake,Samuel Adams BreweryRusty Tucker of Manchester Mariners and Legends BaseballMarianne Round, Coldwell BankerManchester Athletic ClubSharon’s Studio, Kendra DottFIT House, Emily McCavanaughCuddlefishLeonhards FloristInvisawearTracking JewelryPeach clothing, Lauren HarrisonEssex River CruisesShea’s restaurantRyan and Wood DistilleryCape Ann Chamber of CommerceTotal WineEssex Wine ExchangeAllie’s Beach Street CaféCala’s restaurantCK Pearl restaurantBrenda & Kevin Johnson, RichdalesKat Chrzanowski, local artistGerry O’Leary, local artistAlice Gardner, local artistCaptain Dusty’sJungle, Inc.Beverly Golf & TennisTrue North BrewingMaxx Clean LLC Carpet CleaningExecutive Auto DetailNor’East CleanersThe Grind Factory, Freedom BaseballStarbucks, Beverly NH Fisher Cats Lowell SpinnersMirak Automotive GroupBrookwood Landscape Design, Peabody

FOMPIP Board Members:  Marty Flood,  Jim McKenna, Eric Gjerde, Mike Ray, Kathleen Quill, Dina Flood, Andy Gardner, Paul Steriti and Veterans Sub Committee Walter Rich, David Oliver and Chris Osbourne and Tennis Sub Committee, Jodi Harris Ryan Madrigal and Melanie Hassel Healey

If you would like to learn more about our organization or make a donation,