The Montague Planning Department is updating Montague’s Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) and has released a public survey to gather feedback from residents. The survey is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/
An OSRP contains conservation and recreation goals for the town. It includes an inventory of cultural, natural, and recreational resources, identifies open space and recreation needs, and outlines a seven-year action plan with specific recommendations. Public input is vital to creating a plan that reflects the needs and goals of Montague residents.
The previous Montague Open Space and Recreation Plan was completed in 2010 and will expire in 2017. Having an up-to-date plan enables the town to apply for state grants for land conservation and recreation facility improvements. For instance, the 2010 OSRP enabled the Town to obtain a $272,000 PARC grant for Unity Skate Park, as well as grants to improve hiking and bike paths in town. The plan also outlines strategies for the Town to work with private landowners, businesses, and organizations to accomplish open space and recreation goals, and guided the protection of over 325 acres of open space since the last update in 2010.