The Municipality of the District of Digby wants to know what open spaces you use and value.
They are holding five public meetings, one in each of the municipal districts, in late September to hear from residents about their use of parks, playgrounds, beaches and shorelines, right-of-ways, hiking trails, cemeteries and gardens.
“This process will only be as good as the information we get from the public,” says Bob Powell, the manager of the Digby Area Recreation Commission. “We’ve created a database of all the government owned spaces, spaces already in the public domain, but we need the public to help us fill in the gaps, to tell us about that path they use to get to get to a beach for example, what trails, ballparks, playgrounds they use and how much they use them.
“We want to determine what people value and in their own areas and to determine what they use those spaces for.”
Consultants working for the municipality will take the information gathered at the public meetings and from a survey and use that as they develop a strategic plan for parks and open spaces in the municipality.
The survey is available online at http://digbyparksandopenspacesurvey.questionpro.com/ and the municipality is hoping as many residents as possible, hopefully at least 400, will fill it out before the Aug. 31 deadline.
The consultants will also hold workshops for stakeholders in the communities and later an open house to make sure the findings are inline with the vision of the community and the decision makers. Powell expects the final report, complete with an action plan for council, by the new year.
The municipality accepted the proposal of Urban Perspectives Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning of Dartmouth in April to develop the plan for $35,000. The provincial department of Health and Wellness contributed $12,000 of that cost.
The Department of Natural Resources is going to hold their open house on the New France historical site in conjunction with the Weymouth public meeting on open spaces.
Public meeting info
Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Gulliver’s Cove Community Hall (District 3)
Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. at the Tiverton Community Hall (District 4)
Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Barton Elementary School (District 2)
Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Bear River Fire Hall (District 1)
Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Weymouth Legion (District 5) *combined with Natural Resources public consultation about the New France site