The Town of Barnstable is updating its Open Space and
Recreation Plan, last adopted in 2010. The plan allows the community to
identify and evaluate goals, challenges, opportunities and priorities for
open space protection, land management, and the provision of recreational
opportunities. Planning for our Town’s “green infrastructure” of water,
land, forests, wildlife habitat, parks, recreation areas, and trails is
important to our economic future, community identity, and quality of life.
The plan is being developed to comply with guidance
from the Massachusetts Division of Conservation Services and will be
submitted to that agency for approval. An approved plan is necessary for
the Town to qualify for certain land acquisition financial assistance
provided by the Commonwealth. It is also an important opportunity to
re-assess community needs and priorities for open space protection and the
provision of recreational opportunities.
Please take a moment to fill out the 2017 Open Space
and Recreation Plan Survey! This short survey is meant to better understand
the importance of parks, trails, conservation areas, recreation programs and
other opportunities to the Barnstable community. The information gathered
will help update the Town’s Open Space and Recreation Plan. www.surveymonkey.com/r/BarnstableOSRPsurvey
How to Get Involved
It is centrally important that we gain input from
community members interested or involved in the areas of open space and
recreation. In addition to the above survey, we invite you to participate
in one or more of the upcoming discussion sessions, designed to engage key
community members and local officials in a discussion of issues relevant to
the plan. Your participation and input will allow us to incorporate your
thoughts, concerns and priorities into the updated plan.
Session I: Land Management: The Functions of Open
DATE/TIME Thursday July 6,
3:30 – 5:00 PM
Topics: Management issues and challenges, working
landscapes, disposition/purchase of properties, protecting ground and
surface waters, resource needs.
Session II: Recreation: Fields, Facilities, Trails,
Parks and Programs
DATE/TIME Monday July 10,
3:30 – 5:00 PM ***NEW DATE AND TIME***
Location: HYCC Conference Room
Topics: Highlights since 2010, planned facilities and
programs, programs and partnerships, outreach to improve access for all
residents, use or maintenance issues, beaches and coastal access issues.
Session III: Resource Protection: Conserving,
Preserving and Restoring Open Spaces
DATE/TIME ThursdayJuly 27, 3:30-5:00 PM
Topics: Highlights since 2010, priority acquisition
goals, use of creative tools for land protection, habitat protection,
connectivity, climate change and resiliency, improved access for all
residents, stewardship issues, resource needs.