The Town of Burlington wants to hear from residents. It is updating its 2011 Open Space and Recreation Plan, which inventories and assesses current open space and recreation resources, identifies community needs, and outlines an action plan for the next seven years. On September 25, 2018, a public workshop will be held at the library of the Marshall Simonds Middle School, 114 Winn Street at 6 pm. It will give residents an opportunity to talk about why protecting open space is important, what lands need protection, what type of recreation is needed most, and how existing recreation and conservation areas could be improved. There will be a short presentation, followed by facilitated small groups to talk about future needs for open space protection and recreation needs.
Public input is important, and in addition to the workshop on September 25, a community survey is available through September 21 online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BurlingtonOSRP. Paper copies are also available at the Burlington Public Library, Town Hall and Annex, and Human Services Building (61 Center Street).
The update process includes reviewing inventories of environmental resources, open space and recreational lands, and unique historic and cultural resources. It also requires evaluating current goals and objectives and the action plan of the 2011 Open Space and Recreation Plan. Discussions during the public workshop and responses to the community survey will help inform this evaluation. A second public workshop will be held to present the updated plan to the public for review and comment.
The Open Space and Recreation Plan must be current and have state approval in order for the Town to continue to be eligible for state funding, which can be used for such projects as creating new parks, acquiring lands with critical habitat, and expanding trail networks.
The update process is being led by an Open Space and Recreation Plan Subcommittee made up of representatives of town departments, committees, and boards to ensure the plan is relevant and feasible. It is very important that there is public input into this process.
For additional information, contact John Keeley, Conservation Administrator, at 781-270-1655 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the current Open Space and Recreation Plan and keep up to date on the update process, visit http://www.burlington.org/community_development/open_space_recreation_plan.php.