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Staff provides input on future of county parks PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 10 August 2013 08:12
As the Wood County Park District prepares its first strategic plan since 2007, those involved turned to park staff to determine what projects should be completed and when.
About 30 employees were assembled at the Wood County Historical Center on Tuesday to give their input on what would most improve the region's parks, and how long each item may take to implement.
The park district has been working with consultant Bryan Cavins to gather information from citizens on what they want added to their parks, for which an average of $250,000 to $350,000 is spent on improvements each year, according to parks Director Neil Munger.
"They belong to the citizens of Wood County," he said. "We need to know what they want to see in their parks."
A series of town hall meetings this spring led to more than 300 suggestions, with surveys for those unable to attend the meetings generating another 400 items to consider.
On Tuesday, park employees weighed in on what they think are the best options. After ranking ideas, they placed them on a spectrum to indicate how quickly they could be rolled out, ranging from within the next year to six years or more down the road.
As they're the ones in the parks every day, staff members have the most knowledge about the work that would be required for each project, Munger explained.
"They're the ones who can put a better time frame to it," he said.
Once Cavins compiles more information, the plan will be addressed in further detail by park commissioners, likely at their September meeting.

Register for the following Wood County Park District programs at www.wcparks.org or by calling (419) 353-1897.
• Sounds of Summer, 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 17, Bradner Preserve, Fostoria Road/U.S. 23 entrance. Listen for the sounds that animals are making during late summer and learn why they are making such a racket.
• Landscape Clean Up, 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 20, Bradner Preserve. Help clean the landscaping around this newly-acquired property. Dress to work outdoors and bring gloves.
• Feeding Time: Garter Snake, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 21, W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, Friends' Green Room. Find out how this snake got its name and other fascinating facts as we fill the belly of one of the program animals.
• Native Nursery Nights volunteer opportunity, 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 22, Reuthinger Preserve. Volunteers may be asked to plant, water, weed or collect seed at the Native Plant Nursery. Dress to work outdoors and bring gloves.
• Stream Quality Monitoring volunteer opportunity, 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 22, Buttonwood/Betty C. Black Recreation Area. Help monitor the water quality of the Maumee River. No experience necessary. Volunteers will go in the river, so dress appropriately.
Last Updated on Saturday, 10 August 2013 08:13

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