(l to r) Marilyn Frank, Danielle Evans and Bill Harman discuss OSRP issues.

Foundations Laid For New Open Space and Recreation Master Plan

Westford’s Open Space and Recreation Master Plan is set to expire in December. The seeds of what comes next may have been planted on Tuesday.

(l to r) Marilyn Frank, Danielle Evans and Bill Harman discuss OSRP issues.

(l to r) Marilyn Frank, Danielle Evans and Bill Harman discuss OSRP issues.

Town employees and local residents gathered at the J.V. Fletcher Library to participate in a “kick-off meeting” to discuss ideas on what to include in a new master plan.

In addition to providing a blueprint for town government’s recreation policies, having a master plan also aids the town if it decides to seek recreation and open space grants from the state.

After preliminary results from a survey asking residents for their views on recreation in town, attendees broke into groups to discuss six separate goals that will form the backbone of a new master plan.

The event was hosted by Westford Assistant Town Planner Danielle Evans, who felt the evening was beneficial toward helping the town meet those goals.

“I’m very happy with the diversity of people who came out,” said Evans. “There were people representing different boards and commissions as well as people who were interested in it. I think we got a lot of good input.”

The six Open Space Recreation Plan (OSRP) goals

The six Open Space Recreation Plan (OSRP) goals

In the preliminary results of the survey, which included 820 responses as of Tuesday, a majority was “satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with recreation opportunities in town, with two-thirds indicating they live within a 10-minute walk of either a conservation or recreation space.

The survey closes on Sunday night; Westford residents are welcome to participate www.surveymonkey.com/r/westfordosrp.