Five Rivers MetroParks is taking the next step in implementing its 10-year comprehensive master plan by developing subsequent park site master plans for individual parks. To engage citizens in the planning process, MetroParks is hosting open houses, as well as inviting the public to provide feedback online or by calling Five Rivers MetroParks.
“Like the comprehensive master plan, the park site master plans will be based on community input,” said Becky Benná, Five Rivers MetroParks executive director. “The individual park site master plans will be completed in phases, with five parks and conservation areas included in the first phase. Each plan will consider and identify protected open space, habitats, amenities and potential uses and improvements for each location, as well as estimated capital and operating budgets for those uses and improvements.”
Members of the community can provide feedback during one or more of the five open houses scheduled through the end of October. Open houses include both afternoon and evening sessions, one from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and the second from 6 to 8 pm People are welcome to stop in at any time to share their thoughts and ideas for each park or conservation area.
TUES, OCT. 11: DISCUSS EASTWOOD METROPARK
· Both open houses will be held at Comfort Suites Wright Patterson: 5220 Huberville Ave.
THURS, OCT. 13: DISCUSS THE WETLAND MITIGATION BANK, LARCH TREE PROPERTY
· 11:30 am till 1:30 pm at Trotwood Library Branch, 651 E. Main Street
· 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm at Adventure Central, 2222 N. James H. McGee Blvd.
TUES, OCT. 18: DISCUSS ENGLEWOOD AND AULLWOOD GARDEN METROPARKS
· Both open houses will be held at Aullwood Nature Center: 1000 Aullwood Road
THURS, OCT. 27: DISCUSS WEGERZYN GARDENS METROPARK
· Both open houses will be held at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark: 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Those who cannot attend scheduled open houses are invited to complete online surveys at metroparks.org/plan. Feedback also can be provided to Five Rivers MetroParks by contacting park planning manager Eric Sauer at 937-275-PARK (7275) or [email protected] by Nov. 1, 2016.
“Community input was invaluable to the development of the 10-year comprehensive master plan, which was completed in 2015,” Benná said. “All this work is part of Five Rivers MetroParks’ commitment to create great parks where everyone in our community can experience the outdoors and nature. Five Rivers MetroParks is committed to using citizens’ input as the guide for future planning and for ensuring MetroParks continues to offer the world-class natural areas, parks, facilities and programs our community deserves.”