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We are updating its Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP). The OSRP is a tool the City uses to protect its natural environment, preserve biodiversity and wildlife habitat, improve water quality, upgrade and expand recreational facilities, update its inventory of open space and environmental resources as well as recreational resources and areas, evaluate current policies, goals, and priorities and identify new ones for the maintenance and future needs of such community assets, provide information to the public through text, maps and other forms of illustration, and to help in making important decisions about future open space and recreation opportunities.
The plan must have state approval in order for the City to remain eligible for state grant programs, which can be used for such projects as creating new parks, new playgrounds, acquiring lands to protect critical habitat and ecological resources, and building connections between resources and neighborhoods.
It is very important that there is public input into this process. The City is sponsoring a public workshop on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at City Hall, 77 Park Street, from 6:30-8:00 pm. The workshop gives residents an opportunity to talk about why protecting open space is important, what lands need protection, wildlife habitat and biodiversity protection, what type of recreation is needed most, how existing recreation and conservation areas could be improved, future needs, climate change and the Community Preservation Act. There will be a short presentation followed by facilitated small groups to talk about these topics and generate ideas. This effort is being led by a working group of City staff in coordination with a Steering Committee, municipal committees and boards, and consultant.
Please visit www.attleboroosrp.com to stay current on events and project updates. If you have any questions or would like additional information about the Attleboro OSRP or the update process, please contact Nick Wyllie, Environmental Planner/Conservation Agent at firstname.lastname@example.org.