Open Space & Recreation Plan
The Planning Department, with a District Local Technical Assistance Grant from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, is coordinating an update of the City’s Open Space and Recreation Plan. Targeted for completion by the end of the year, the plan will be guided by public visioning sessions that were held in June, an online survey that was available through July 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.
Comments and questions about the project can be directed to: Jay Vinskey, City Planner, 413-642-9307 firstname.lastname@example.org