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Boston seeks public advice for plan to protect, develop parks throughout city

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  May 14, 2013 03:14 PM

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Boston officials are seeking suggestions from the public to help create a multi-year plan ffor protecting and developing parks and other open space throughout the city.

The Open Space Plan for 2015 to 2021, “will look at all public open space, regardless of ownership, including parks, playgrounds, squares, malls, urban wilds, community gardens, cemeteries, greenways, trails, thoroughfares, and harbor islands,” city officials said in a statement Tuesday.

“The plan will also look at city residents to understand demographic and socio-economic trends which impact the use of open space,” the statement added.

The effort to create that plan is ongoing.

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department has developed a questionnaire that asks for information, from residents and visitors alike, about how they use open space in the city, their preferences and how their experience can be improved.

“Public participation is crucial to the success of the plan and the key ingredient to helping us make our parks and open spaces better,” the city said. “Mayor Thomas M. Menino understands the importance that Boston's citizens place on open space and parks and the need for balanced development.”

The parks department said the Open Space Plan’s data collection process will also include compiling an “environmental inventory” that will target “natural areas” – including places with rivers and harbors, wildlife, geologic features, soils and vegetation – for protection and stewardship.

The public survey can be filled out online at www.cityofboston.gov/parks/about/questionnaire.asp. Copies of the survey will also be available during the week of May 20 at all Boston Public Library branches and selected Boston Centers for Youth and Families community centers.

The online and print versions of the questionnaire are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Cape Verdean Creole, and Portuguese.

Surveys can also be obtained by e-mailing openspaceplan2015@cityofboston.gov, with the subject line “Open Space Plan Questionnaire Request” or by mailing: Boston Parks and Recreation Department, 1010 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02118, Attention: Open Space Plan Questionnaire Request.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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