Public input needed at county's open space session

| 29 Sep 2011 | 10:24

    MILFORD - The Alliance to Keep Pike Green encourages Pike County citizens to participate in a public meeting in December where input will be collected as part of Pike’s new Open Space, Greenways and Recreation Plan. The Open Space Plan session will be held Monday, Dec. 11 at 2:30 p.m., in the Administration Building, at 506 Broad Street, Milford. This session is one of a number of opportunities for public input on the plan. To date, six regional evening focus group meetings have included township officials and representatives within each of Pike’s school districts. Pike’s new Open Space, Greenways and Recreation Plan is currently being developed by a citizen-based study committee consisting of volunteers from throughout the county working with the Commissioners, the Pike County Planning Commission, the Office of Community Planning, and the consulting firm Gannett Fleming. When complete it will identify a framework of what Pike County residents see as priorities for our future network of open space and “green infrastructure.” Green infrastructure includes land and water that supports native species, maintains natural ecological processes, sustains air and water resources, and contributes to the health and quality of life of all Pike Countians. The plan will also identify recreational needs and opportunities for our communities. “Pike’s natural resources and rural character are invaluable assets to our citizens,” says Sally Corrigan, director of the Pike County Office of Community Planning. “The Open Space, Greenways and Recreation Plan will set a sustainable direction for both protecting our natural resources and enhancing the quality of life of our citizens as Pike continues to grow and to welcome much needed economic opportunities that will sustain our families with good paying jobs close to home.” Citizen input on the Open Space Plan at the December 11 session may also impact how Scenic Rural Character Preservation Bond funds are allocated. The Open Space Plan will identify critical areas for protection; bond funds, among several funding mechanisms, may be used to help conserve some of these areas. For more information e-mail or call 570-226-3164.