Open Space & Recreation Plan 2020

2020 North Reading Open Space and Recreation Plan   

Enjoy North Reading's parks? 
Love open space? 
Have ideas for improvements? 
  
Please join the Town in updating the North Reading Open Space and Recreation Plan! 

Click here for the Draft Plan for Review

Draft Open Space Map

Click here to send comments on the Draft Plan

The Town of North Reading is updating its 2013 Open Space and Recreation Plan. The Plan update will:

  • Guide the Town’s actions in maintaining, protecting, and improving its open spaces, parks, and recreational resources by setting goals and priorities for the next seven years, and
  • Make the Town eligible for state funds to acquire and improve conservation and recreation land.  

This website provides the latest news on the status of the project and how to get involved.

How can I get involved?

The first step in the plan update process is to learn from the community about their priorities. An anonymous survey is available online here. Information about the survey, as well as the link, was included in the November water bill mailing. This is the informational flyer with the survey link and an announcement about the first public meeting.

A public meeting was held on December 5, 2019. Click here to view the presentation given.

If you’re interested in volunteering to help the Town update its plan, please contact Danielle McKnight, Town Planner, at dmcknight@northreadingma.gov or (978) 357-5206.

What has happened so far?

September 2019: The Town contracted and met with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to help draft the Open Space and Recreation Plan.

October 2019: The Town assembled a Committee to guide the process. The Committee includes:

Liane GonzalezSelect Board
Phil HertzLand Utilization Committee
Randy MasonConservation Commission
Danielle McKnightTown Planner
Rita MullinParks & Recreation Committee
Maureen StevensOperations Director, Parks & Recreation
Marty TiltonParks Director

What’s next?

November 2019: The Town, the Open Space and Recreation Plan Committee, and MAPC will reach out to gather as much feedback as possible from community members through a town-wide survey. Fliers will be posted throughout Town to encourage the public to complete the survey, which mailed to all residents in the November 15 tax bill and available online here: mapc.ma/parksurvey.

December 5, 2019: The Town hosted a public meeting to generate a community vision and priorities for the OSRP update on December 5. Come help generate a community vision and priorities for the 2020 Open Space and Recreation Plan. 

January 2020: Based on the survey responses and feedback at the December public meeting, the Town, the Open Space and Recreation Plan Committee, and MAPC began drafting priorities and recommended actions to improve North Reading’s open spaces and recreation facilities.

February/March 2020: Committee members will attend board and committee meetings to provide updates on the plan draft and seek feedback from the Conservation Commission, Select Board, Land Utilization Committee and Community Planning Commission

March 2020: The Town and MAPC will submit the Draft Open Space and Recreation Plan to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for approval to gain eligibility for state grant funding.

How can I learn more?

Please contact Danielle McKnight, Town Planner, at dmcknight@northreadingma.gov or (978) 357-5206.