Northfield’s Park and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) recently completed a process that resulted in a Parks, Open Spaces, and Trail System Plan. The Locally Grown crew was asked to help raise awareness of the plan among Northfield citizens.
The plan has six sections. They are Community Input and Values Statement, Vision and Policy Plan, Parks and Greenway System Plan, Trial System Plan, Natural Resources and Stewardship Plan, and Implementation Plan.
There are also two appendices, Park and Trail Development Considerations and Summary of Findings from Public Process. There’s a rather fascinating (at least to me) matrix called “Potential Cost for Park and Athletic Facility Development”, but I wouldn’t want to spoil the dramatic conclusion.
I would say that the overall purpose of the Plan is to project the needs and/or wants of Northfield over the next fifteen to twenty years and to suggest strategies for meeting those needs and/or wants. The Plan’s overview strongly suggests that these elements help promote a high quality of life.
Of particular interest to me was the “Overview of Mill Towns Trail Routing Options”. If you’re interested in Bike Trails, Walking Trails, Parks, Sustainability, The Greenway, Ecological Systems, and/or Athletic Facilities, you should connect to this Plan.
You can’t say, “Nobody told me” three months from now, ’cause I just told you.