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Parks and Recreation Plan

Posted: March 19, 2019

June Status:

The Byram Township Parks and Recreation Plan (PRP) is progressing on schedule.

Greener by Design (GbD), the environmental consulting firm contracted by the Township, has been engaging private and public stakeholders including the Jersey Off Road Biking Association, the Salt Shakers, and the Lenape Valley School District, among many others.

An additional public stakeholder meeting is planned for later this summer and will be posted once scheduled.

Feedback and comments are still welcomed on our online survey. 
Participants are encouraged to complete the survey and share it with others. Participants do not need to be residents of Byram Township to take the survey.

CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/byramparksNrec

In addition to stakeholder engagement, GbD has taken inventory of the township’s parks, trails, and other open space as part of a larger evaluation of assets.

For more information about the Township Parks and Recreation Plan, Click the following:

https://www.byramtwp.org/…/articl…/parks_and_recreation_plan

Any questions, comments, or concerns not addressed on the survey can be directed to Genevieve Tarino at gtarino@gbdtoday.com.

 

Public Participation in the Parks and Recreation Plan

The Byram Township Open Space Committee is soliciting responses from the public about the Parks and Recreation Plan through an online survey.

The survey asks questions related to each section of the Parks and Recreation Plan, including Open Space and Recreation, Trails, Eco-Tourism, and Stewardship and Asset Management.

Participants are encouraged to complete the survey and share it with others. Participants do not need to be residents of Byram Township to take the survey.

CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/byramparksNrec

In addition, Greener by Design, the environmental consulting firm contracted by the Township, will be holding a series of stakeholder meetings. These meetings will help shape the final Parks and Recreation Plan, which has an anticipated completion date of April 2020.  Subsequent meeting information will be posted on Byram Township’s official website at:

https://www.byramtwp.org/index.php/articles/parks_and_recreation_plan

This survey and meetings are part of a larger effort to engage stakeholders and the general public.  The PRP is designed to guide the responsible management of the Township’s shared assets, which requires the input from as many residents, businesses, visitors, and neighbors of the community as possible. Funds for the PRP were awarded by the Highlands Council late last year.

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From the Office of the Mayor:

Our recreational lands and facilities are some of the many wonderful resources within our Township.  Over the last fifteen years, the Township Council – guided by the Open Space Committee - has made wise investments with the acquisition of numerous tracts of land and some development work. It is now time to plan for the ongoing future use and development of the assets that we as residents own and enjoy.

The Township Council has engaged an outside consultant (Greener by Design) to help us understand those needs. During the next year, they will be helping us identify and inventory all of the assets that we own, including property, fields, facilities and trails. They will engage the public by way of an online survey, and will spend considerable time meeting with residents, employees, visitors, property owners, sporting clubs, and anyone else who cares to offer comments and opinions for us to consider moving forward.

At the end of the process, there will be a formal set of recommendations made to the town and a plan that shapes our recreational development over the next several years. This plan will help the Council and Township Management understand what is important to you, and most importantly will help us understand what grants or funding opportunities exist to accomplish the goals of the plan. Byram Township has many great assets, not only in land and facilities, but also in the residents and business owners who care and want to see improvement in this area. We are here to listen.

See link to press release that outlines the process in detail. We look forward to engaging you in dialogue over the next year.  February 2019 - Press Release

 

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