Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Comprehensive Plan Update 2021-2022
PUBLIC INPUT SURVEY:
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The current Township Comprehensive Park, Recreation, and Open Space Plan (PROSP) was last adopted in 2009. The plan was a joint effort between South Whitehall Township and North Whitehall Township. The new PROSP plan update will focus on North Whitehall Township and is funded by a matching grant obtained by the Township from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).
The general purpose of the PROSP plan builds on the fact that parks, recreation programs, and open space areas improve the quality of life within a municipality. Enhancing the quality of life includes preserving natural and cultural features for the enjoyment of future generations and provides opportunities for citizens to improve their mental and physical well-being in addition to expanding social interaction. Leisure activities and the facilities needed to support these activities are therefore essential components of a healthy community.
Our kickoff meeting took place in August and the plan is anticipated to be complete in twelve months. Public participation is highly encouraged throughout the plan update process. The public will have opportunities to provide comments and input through public meetings and public surveys.
August 18, 2021 – Kick off Meeting – virtual visit to park sites
September 15, 2021 – Study Committee Meeting – preparation of resident survey, review community background and demographic data
October 20, 2021 - Study Committee Meeting – finalize resident survey, discuss upcoming public visioning meeting (December 8), and review target areas for recreation opportunities
December 8, 2021 – Public Visioning Meeting – Schnecksville Fire Company at 6:30 pm
January 19, 2022 (via zoom) – Study Committee Meeting - Review public meeting and survey comments, review Recreation Department structure, goals and objectives.
February 16, 2022 - Study Committee Meeting - Present recommendations for Recreation Department Structure and rationale, include comparisons from NRPA database from similar communities, review marketing ideas and program recommendations, discuss park improvement concepts for the Township’s parks, and iscuss priorities for improvements.
March 16, 2022 - Study Committee Meeting - Present park improvement concepts for Township's Parks based on previous discussions, discuss potential sign program and locations, development and future planning priorities, general funding options for proposed improvements, and discuss the format for the public meeting in April.
April 27, 2022 - Public Meeting - Present concept plans for parks, overall Township recreation and connections mapping (highlighting areas of change and improvements), and any recommended changes to the structure of the Township Recreation Department with rationale.
May 18, 2022 - Study Committee Meeting - Discuss prioritizing recommendations in areas of land and facilities.
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Final Draft Comprehensive Parks, Recreation & Open Space Plan