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Parks and Recreation Plan
Posted: March 19, 2019
Greener by Design (GbD), the environmental consulting firm contracted by the Township to develop the Parks and Recreation Plan (PRP), anticipates completing a draft plan by February 2020. This document will be available for review by the Town Council and will be subsequently published to the website.
Since the last update in March, drone flights, parks inventory, trails inventory, asset management model, and stakeholder meetings have all been completed. Ron Farr has similarly completed the Forest Stewardship Plan, which will be integrated into the PRP. Maps of township parks and trails are being updated with information from the New York- New Jersey Trails Conference (NYNJTC) and the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. The promotional video, branding and marketing materials, and economic development plan are in progress.
GbD thanks all of the residents, stakeholders, and Byram Township officials who have supported the development of the PRP. Participation in the online survey, along with public meetings and individual meetings has greatly enriched GbD’s understanding of the Township.
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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