For Immediate Release
September 30, 2013
Parks and Recreation
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino has announced that the October 1 deadline for residents to participate in the City’s Open Space Plan survey has been extended to Thursday, October 31.
The City of Boston is preparing a new citywide Open Space Plan for the years 2015 to 2021. As part of this effort, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department has developed a questionnaire to enable the public to provide valuable input about their park use and preferences.
Mayor Menino understands the importance that Boston's citizens place on open space and parks and the need for balanced development. With that in mind, the Parks Department is developing a multi-year integrated plan for open space protection and development.
“This document provides a blueprint for the use, maintenance, and development of open space in Boston,” Mayor Menino noted. “We want as many residents to participate as possible so that their voices may be heard as we examine our priorities in handling these valuable resources.”
The Open Space Plan 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. The Plan will also look at city residents to understand demographic and socio-economic trends which impact the use of open space.
As part of the data collection process, an environmental inventory is compiled enabling natural areas to be targeted for protection and stewardship in a priority plan. Natural features of our parks, rivers and harbors, wildlife, geologic features, soils, and vegetation become part of this truly comprehensive Open Space Plan.
The Department is reaching out to users of the parks, playgrounds, and other open spaces in the city, both residents and visitors, to learn about how they use open space in Boston and how their experience can be improved.
The questionnaire can be filled out online with links in English, Spanish, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Cape Verdean Creole, and Portuguese at www.cityofboston.gov/parks/about/questionnaire.asp
For residents who cannot make use of an internet-capable computer, tablet, or mobile device, paper copies of the questionnaire in all seven languages are available at all Boston Public Library branches and selected Boston Centers for Youth and Families community centers. Please call ahead to see if the survey in the language you desire is in stock.