News Brief: Great Barrington open space/recreation survey

The Open Space and Recreation Plan is updated about every five years to ensure that the town remains eligible for certain grant funds.

Great Barrington invites survey input from residents on open space/recreation planning

Great Barrington — The town of Great Barrington is updating its Open Space and Recreation Plan and, as part of the process, invites town residents to complete a brief survey.

A community meeting to share the results of the survey and set priorities will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Berkshire South Regional Community Center.

“This quick survey will help us to prioritize our open space and recreation needs and wishes,” said Chris Rembold, assistant town manager and the town’s chief planner. “Feedback about parks and playgrounds, agriculture and farming, hiking, biking and conservation areas are all greatly appreciated from year-round and part-time residents.”

The plan is updated about every five years to ensure that the town remains eligible for certain grant funds.

Hard copies of the survey in English and Spanish are available at Town Hall, 334 Main St., as well as the town’s libraries, senior center and other community locations. Hard copies can also be mailed to or dropped off at Town Hall.

The Open Space and Recreation Plan focuses on:

  • Preserving scenic views and town character;
  • Providing places to play and experience the outdoors;
  • Protecting public water supplies;
  • Protecting wetlands, rivers, streams, lakes and ponds; and
  • Protecting wildlife habitat and rare species.

Questions or comments about this survey can be directed to town planner Chris Rembold at crembold@townofgb.org.