The Planning Department, with a 2017 District Local Technical Assistance Grant from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, has coordinated an update of the City’s Open Space and Recreation Plan. The plan was guided by public visioning sessions that were held in June, an online survey that was available through July and a plan development committee, whose meetings were open to the public.
Open space and recreation planning considers many aspects of land use throughout the City – public and private parks, farmland preservation, aquifer protection, scenic views and corridors, hiking and biking trails, wildlife habitat, river recreation and fishing access… among others. This planning effort helped identify which of these resources and values are important for Westfield, and how we might ensure they will be available for future generations. The 2018 Open Space & Recreation Plan will help guide local policy decisions and funding priorities over the next 7+ years. In addition, having a current plan meeting the requirements of the Massachusetts Division of Conservation Services enables the City access to certain state grant opportunities not otherwise available.
The 2018 updated plan document is currently being finalized and will soon posted here for public review. The City’s previous and expiried Open Space & Recreation Plan (2010) can be viewed here.