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 will help identify which of these resources and values are important for Westfield, and how we might ensure they will be available for future generations. In addition, having a current Open Space and Recreation Plan meeting the requirements of the Massachusetts Division of Conservation Services enables the City access to certain state grant opportunities not otherwise available.
The Planning Department, with a District Local Technical Assistance Grant from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, is coordinating the update of the City’s Open Space and Recreation Plan. Targeted for completion by the end of 2017, the plan will be guided by public visioning sessions, a web and paper-based survey and a plan development committee, whose meetings are open to the public. As the planning process gets underway, additional information will be available on this page.
The City’s current and expiring Open Space & Recreation Plan (2010) can be viewed here.