Board of Park & Cemetery Commissioners


  • Mr. Robert Benjamin, Chairman
  • Mr. Steve Mscisz
  • Ms. Gretchen Rehak

Park and Cemetery Department


  • Stephen J. Shepard, Superintendent
  • Paul Fontaine, Assistant Superintendent
  • Peter Miller, Lead Person
  • Connie Rowe, Secretary

Contact Information:

Park and Cemetery Office

Pine Grove Cemetery

Haverill Road

(978) 887-1525

Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 to 12:00

After hours emergency: please call (978) 887-2116



The three elected Park and Cemetery Commissioners are responsible for overseeing the Park and Cemetery Department. The Commissioners set policies and rules and regulations regarding use of Town parks and cemeteries. It is also their responsibility to review for approval projects proposed for the utilization, improvement and/or alteration of the Town properties for which the Park and Cemetery Department is responsible.

The Topsfield Park and Cemetery Department is responsible for managing and maintaining the parks and cemeteries of the Town of Topsfield. The Town parks include Klock Park (located between North Street and Route 1, with access from North Street), Pye Brook Park (located between Bare Hill Road and Route 97/Haverhill Road, with access from Haverhill Road). Other parks in the Town include Emerson Park, Normandy Row Park and the Common.

Information concerning the use of the Town parks by athletic teams or other groups is available at the Topsfield Park and Cemetery Office. For the Park and Cemetery Field Use Policy, please click here.

The Topsfield Park and Cemetery Department offers active and leisure recreation activities. These many activities include soccer, baseball, lacrosse, football, volleyball, horseshoes, nature observation and picnicking. The Park and Cemetery Department works closely with the Topsfield Athletic Association.

The cemeteries in the Town of Topsfield are multi-denominational. There are residence requirements to purchase lots. Information concerning the purchase of lots or rules and regulations may be obtained from the Superintendent. The Pine Grove Cemetery is located on Route 97 (Haverhill Road) and has approximately forty acres. Boston Street Cemetery is located on Route 1 near the Topsfield Police Department and has approximately two and a half acres. South Side Cemetery is located on Rowley Bridge Road and has approximately one acre. All of these cemeteries include graves of historical interest. Some of the graves are dated to the earliest period of settlement in Topsfield.

The Topsfield Park and Cemetery Department also maintains the grounds of the Topsfield Town Hall, the Topsfield Town Library, Public Works Facility, Police Station, Steward Elementary School, Proctor Elementary School, Emerson Park, Grove Street Tennis Courts, Steward Tennis Courts, Normandy Row Park, Commuter Lot, Wheatland (Sled) Hill, ten baseball diamonds, properties at the Fairgrounds which are utilized for Town sports and infrastructures within these properties.

Board Meeting Schedule

Agendas and Minutes

Second Tuesday of each month, 7:30, Pine Grove Cemetery Building unless otherwise posted.


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