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2017 Open Space & Recreation Plan Update

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 Space

DATE/TIME  Thursday July 6,  3:30 – 5:00 PM

Location:  Selectman’s Conference Room

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   Thursday July 27, 3:30-5:00 PM

Location: Selectman’s Conference Room

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.


Please email Anna at anna.brigham@town.barnstable.ma.us to let us know which meetings you will be able to attend.


2010 Open Space & Recreation Plan







Elizabeth Jenkins
Assistant Director
Liz Hartsgrove
Conservation Commissioner
Darcy Karle
Office Manager
Jennifer Englesen
P 508-862-4678
F 508-862-4782
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