Recreation & Open Space Plan Update

The City of Newton is nearing completion in the process of updating its Recreation and Open Space Plan. The Plan expresses our collective vision for the City’s open space and sets out priorities to enhance and protect our natural and recreational resources. An updated plan is also necessary to make the City eligible to apply for certain State funding programs.

                Click here for the 2013-2019 Recreation and Open Space Plan Update

The Recreation/Open Space Plan Advisory Committee has met monthly since Fall, 2011, to guide the update process, review opportunities and constraints surrounding our natural resources, establish goals and priorities regarding open space and recreation, and assist in engaging the wider public in the process. A public workshop on March 21, 2012 helped gather input on passive recreation, active recreation, and conservation needs, opportunities, and priorities. If you missed the Recreation and Open Space Public Workshop, please click here to see the presentation. In addition, the Committee held an Open Space Public Outreach Survey during Feb. 7 – May 22, 2012. We thank everyone who took the time to participate in the survey. Charts showing the results can be seen here.

The Planning and Development Board held a public hearing on the Draft Recreation and Open Space Plan Update. Here is a link to the presentation from that meeting: July 9, 2012 - Recreation and Open Space Plan Update Public Hearing Presentation. On August 6, 2012 the Planning and Development Board approved the Recreation and Open Space Plan Update.
Following conclusion of the extended public comment period, the Recreation/Open Space Plan Advisory Committee reviewed the feedback and incorporated  changes in the current document version. The City extends its sincere appreciation to the Advisory Committee for all its diligent work in helping to prepare this important Plan Update, which will be submitted to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council for regional planning agency review and input.  After receiving and considering MAPC comments, the final Plan Update will be submitted to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Division of Conservation Services for approval.

For the state's guidance on and requirements for updating Open Space and Recreation plans, use the following links:
http://www.mass.gov/Eoeea/docs/eea/dcs/osplanreq08.pdf
http://www.mass.gov/Eoeea/docs/eea/dcs/osrp_workbook08.pdf

The update process is informed by the City's Comprehensive Plan, found here: Comprehensive Plan
The previous Recreation and Open Space Plan can found here: 2003-2007 Open Space Plan
Please click here for the Recreation/Open Space Plan Advisory Committee's meeting schedule and agendas.

For more information, please contact Juris Alksnitis at (617) 796-1122 or jalksnitis@newtonma.gov or openspace@newtonma.gov.