Open Space & Recreation Plan

2017 Update

Attend a Public Visioning Session - June 21 or 22 at 6:30 PM

Bring your ideas to whichever workshop is most convenient for you: Wednesday, June 21, at North Middle School Cafeteria or Thursday, June 22, at South Middle School Cafeteria.  Both sessions will run from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.  All are welcome, and we're hoping for a diverse group of interested citizens (students, seniors, conservationists, landowners, renters, sportsmen, business owners, newcomers, etc.).  View the invitation poster and please help spread the word about these upcoming events. 

Take the Online Survey - CLICK HERE !

Alternatively, a survey in paper form may be obtained at the City's Planning Office. Please help us receive a record response by asking your friends and family members to weigh in with their own thoughts about Westfield. The survey will be available through July.

Project Background

The Planning Department, with a District Local Technical Assistance Grant from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, is coordinating this update of the City’s Open Space and Recreation Plan.  Targeted for completion by the end of 2017, the plan will be guided by the public visioning sessions, survey and a plan development committee, whose meetings are open to the public.  

Open space and recreation planning considers many aspects of land use throughout the City – public and private parks, farmland preservation, aquifer protection, scenic views and corridors, hiking and biking trails, wildlife habitat, river recreation and fishing access… among others.  This planning effort will help identify which of these resources and values are important for Westfield, and how we might ensure they will be available for future generations. The final document will help guide local policy decisions and funding priorities over the next 7+ years. In addition, having a current Open Space and Recreation Plan meeting the requirements of the Massachusetts Division of Conservation Services enables the City access to certain state grant opportunities not otherwise available.
The City’s current and expiring Open Space & Recreation Plan (2010) can be viewed here.

Questions about the visioning sessions, survey or project in general can be directed to: Jay Vinskey, City Planner, 413-642-9307 or Jaimye Bartak, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, at 413-781-6045