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Norfolk to hold 2 virtual public input meetings on future of Parks and Recreation Master Plan

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – City officials announced they will be holding two virtual public input meetings to get feedback from the community on updating the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

The Zoom meetings will be held Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. and then again Thursday, Dec. 10, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Click the respective date and time to register for a spot. The meetings will include live polling, Q&A, and public comment collection.

“Diverse and equitable opportunities for recreation and vibrant parks and facilities are essential to our thriving community,” said Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander, Ph.D. “Norfolk is an innovative community, as we continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges, this refresh and update of the Parks & Recreation Master Plan will help better position our city as the premier destination for families and businesses for years to come.”

The public’s input will help with future recreational, programming, environmental, and maintenance needs, as well as establish priorities for facility improvements, future park development, and land acquisitions.

The city hired PROS Consulting, Inc. — a national leader in parks and recreation consulting. Principal Neelay Bhatt will serve as the project lead. Bhatt states, “Norfolk RPOS is a top-notch agency, selected as a National Gold Medal Finalist in 2019. Having worked with parks and recreation agencies nationwide, I have no hesitation positioning RPOS staff and team with the best of the agencies across the country. With this plan, we will implement industry trends and exceed the needs of the growing Norfolk community.”

The consulting team provided an ADA-accessible, multilingual crowdsourcing website to guide this project. “This virtual engagement is critical in the current times to ensure everyone is able to participate in the planning process in an inclusive manner. This website provides all project findings and allows residents to participate in the virtual public meetings. Survey results and recordings of the virtual meetings will be available on the site,” said Bhatt.

“During these meetings, we will introduce the master plan and engage the community through creative online mediums designed to boost public input. We look forward to the Norfolk community and key stakeholders participating to help guide our efforts to improve and redefine Norfolk’s park system, and plan for future parks and recreation services, including prioritizing projects, maintenance, policy, and funding,” said RPOS Director Darrell R. Crittendon.

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Norwell seeks input at forum for Open Space and Recreation Plan

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The town of Norwell is updating its Open Space and Recreation Plan and will seek the continued participation of residents in the final OSRP virtual public forum from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19.

The 2020 OSRP update will set the goals and priorities that will guide the town’s actions in maintaining, protecting and improving its open spaces, parks and recreational resources and make the town eligible for state funds to acquire and improve conservation and recreation land.

Hundreds of residents have made contributions to the 2020 OSRP update by completing the town wide survey and attending the first virtual public forum in October. A working draft of the 2020 Open Space and Recreation Plan will be posted on the project website at https://bit.ly/3eSETfj.

The forum will consist of a presentation, interactive exercises and small group discussions. Live virtual attendance and participation through Zoom is strongly encouraged. Participants must RSVP in advance at https://bit.ly/36hhbFn. Participants will receive a link that they can use to join the forum.

Participants that are unable to attend the meeting with a computer, tablet or smartphone through Zoom can also call in to the forum with the number 646 876 9923. The ID number is 955 3114 5040. The passcode is 024147.

To learn more about the Open Space and Recreation Plan process, visit https://bit.ly/301E51f or contact Marynel Wahl, conservation commission chair, at 617-592-5632.

The OSRP Committee is also seeking photographs that highlight the town of Norwell’s existing open space, conservation and recreation areas. These photographs will be considered for inclusion in the final 2020 Open Space and Recreation Plan. To submit any high-resolution photos, email Marynel Wahl at [email protected] Submitters should include their name, contact information and additional details regarding the photo.

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Input meeting to discuss future of Stanley White Recreation Center

Eight million dollars will go into getting the Stanley White Recreation Center back up and running again, but there is still a lot to discuss, which is why city leaders are inviting community members to attend an input meeting on Thursday. 

City of New Bern officials say the opportunities and constraints of moving the Stanley White Recreation Center will be discussed on Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Omega Center in New Bern.

“The building itself has been a safe haven for years for numerous youth,” said Robert Morgan, Jr., a Duffyfield resident.

Morgan, says the recreation center is an important topic.

“It’s our responsibility to make sure that we put something in place for the next generations that is going to sustain them,” he added.

City leaders say meetings like these will help prevent the spread of misinformation, including what will happen to Henderson Park and if it will be sold.

“That property is protected through law water conservation fund grant, so it will have to be a park forever,” said Foster Hughes, the director of New Bern Parks and Recreation. “The city can’t sell the property. We’ve also had questions about will all the $8 million be used for this project. Yes, it will, the Board of Alderman already voted on that.”

Hughes says after this meeting, officials will get input on the design of the building and present it to the Board of Aldermen, among other steps.

“Hopefully by spring of next year, things will be squared away,” he continued, “and we can hopefully start doing something to build the recreation center back.”

Morgan says it is great that the city is hosting input sessions, but people have to show up.

“We have to have the residents to come out, voice their concerns, ask questions, because nothing can be done and nothing should be done without the input of the citizens,” he said.

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Input Sought On Businesses, Recreation Along Fox River

Press release from McHenry County Department of Planning and Development:

Oct. 17, 2020

McHenry County, the City of McHenry, and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning are seeking public input on the ongoing Fox River Corridor Plan.

The project seeks to create a comprehensive plan for the future of the Fox River along the study area, which stretches eight miles from North Chapel Hill Road in Johnsburg south to Burtons Bridge at Route 176. The ongoing plan will focus on commerce along business districts adjacent to the river, public access and recreational use, environment and natural resources, and transportation connections to the river.

The public is encouraged to learn more about the plan, submit input, and take a survey by visiting the project website at https://engage.cmap.illinois.gov/fox-river-mchenry.

The Fox River Corridor planning project will outline strategies and actions for communities to take to realize their long-term vision for the corridor. The project team will engage residents, business owners and other stakeholders – such as riverfront property owners, marina operators, boaters, and environmental and bicycle advocates – to craft recommendations that reflect the needs and vision of the corridor community when it comes to recreation, open space, transportation and economic development.

The study area includes the municipalities of McHenry, Johnsburg, Holiday Hills and Prairie Grove, and unincorporated Burtons Bridge, as well as numerous conservation areas, parks and nature preserves.

This project builds upon the foundation of two previous Fox River Corridor plans – one completed in 2015 for Algonquin and Carpentersville, and another in 2018 for McHenry and Lake counties.


This press release was produced by McHenry County Department of Planning and Development. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

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Public input sought for Vernon County Outdoor Recreation Plan | News

Vernon County is in the process of updating its Outdoor Recreation Plan and is looking for public participation in a short survey.

The purpose of the Vernon County Outdoor Recreation Plan is to identify issues, opportunities, needs and organize public policy to address them in a manner that makes the best and most appropriate use of county resources. It will also describe a desired future for community outdoor recreation over the next five years and establish goals to move toward that future.

“In addition to tourism economic impacts for our local communities, outdoor recreation is a significant industry driving Vernon County’s economy and providing quality of life for our residents. Being strategic about updating this plan for improving our current and enhancing our future outdoor recreation is a great step,” says Christina Dollhausen, Vernon County’s Economic Development & Tourism Coordinator.

Vernon County’s Outdoor Recreation Plan is actively being developed with participation by county committees, outdoor recreation entities countywide and most importantly, the community. The county would appreciate people’s participation by filling out the Outdoor Recreation survey by or before Nov. 3. The survey may take 5 minutes to complete.

The survey link can be found on vernoncounty.org under Parks and Forests or click on the following like to take the survey here: https://vernon-county-outdoor-mrrpc.hub.arcgis.com/

Responses will be anonymous.

Please share widely and encourage others to take the survey on or before Nov. 3 to help describe a desired future for Vernon County outdoor recreation.

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