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Seaside seeks community input for parks plan update

Published on July 13, 2017 1:05PM

Last changed on July 14, 2017 11:23AM

Basil and Lucy pay a visit to the Seaside Dog Park, one of many parks activities available to residents (and their pets.)

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Basil and Lucy pay a visit to the Seaside Dog Park, one of many parks activities available to residents (and their pets.)

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Seaside’s Parks Advisory Committee will be hosting a Public Workshop in conjunction with current efforts towards updating Seaside’s Parks Master Plan. The workshop will be held Wednesday, July 19, and provide a venue for residents to learn about their local parks and voice their opinion on the future of the parks system for the next 20 years.

The Community Workshop will begin at 6 p.m. at the Seaside Public Library, also known as the recently dedicated Donald E. Larson building. The workshop will start with a short explanation of the city’s parks master plan and its significance followed by group activities to help engage residents and elicit their input. The workshop will inform the Parks Advisory Committee on their update of the plan and allow the community to express what they would like to see in their parks system, what can be improved, and generating new goals for the city to replace ones that have been met in the 2004 version of the plan.

The Seaside’s parks master plan was first crafted in 2004 by the City of Seaside in partnership with Resource Assistance for Rural Americans AmeriCorps and the University of Oregon’s community planning workshop. Since then, much has changed in Seaside and as time passes the plan needs to be updated and reflect the current climate and expectations of the community for the parks system.

Running until 7:30 p.m., the workshop will allow residents to examine parks individually and provide feedback directly to committee members and city workers. Sections will also highlight current survey responses, current projects in the works open to public comments and a forum to highlight what makes Seaside parks unique and what potential improvements in them that can be made.

Residents may already be aware of the recent initiative by the city from public notifications sent out in the previous water bill detailing the event. Offering multiple ways to receive public comments, the notification also highlights an electronic survey that can still be found on the city’s website and Facebook page.

Spanish translators will be on site for input.

Refreshments and beverages will be served for participants.


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