Public input sought on open space and recreation.
Agawam residents are invited to discuss their views on the Town’s parks, playgrounds, and open spaces at a public information session to be held on April 1, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the Agawam Senior Center. The Town is in the process of updating its Open Space and Recreation Plan. An Open Space and Recreation Plan outlines a strategy for maintaining and enhancing a community’s resources for current residents and generations to come. A Massachusetts community with an approved Open Space and Recreation Plan is eligible to apply for a number of open space and recreation grant programs. The Plan ordinarily must be updated every five years.
In the Fall, Agawam’s Open Space and Recreation Advisory Committee prepared and distributed a survey to Agawam residents. Eighty-five percent of the respondents indicated that the Town should promote and enhance existing recreational facilities and open space, seventy-four percent stated that the Town should protect its natural resources (i.e., wetlands, watersheds and waterbodies). Regarding future open space investments respondents gave the following the highest priority: walking and hiking trails (58%), bike trials (47%), and a Town-owned youth recreation center (45%), a new High School track (45%) and a Dog Park (45%).
Those wishing to participate in this important forum are asked to notify the Office of Planning and Community Development at 786-0400, extension 8738 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pizza and beverages will be served.