Over the Summer of 2021 the Open Space and Recreation Plan Committee released a Community Survey to capture what the townspeople would like to see in our open spaces and parks. This survey was a very important step in the plan to better understand the needs and wants of our community. A total of 420 people responded to the survey and we are happy to share the results with you below. The Committee will be meeting on October 4, 2021 to discuss next steps, goals and action items for the proposed Plan.
The Open Space and Recreation Plan Committee was appointed in late May, 2019 as a joint appointment by the Moderator and Board of Selectmen (pursuant to Article 29 of the 2014 Annual Town Meeting). The Committee held its first meeting on July 30, 2019 and has been meeting periodically to review the open spaces and recreation areas in Nahant.
The Committee is charged with drafting and implementing an updated Open Space and Recreation Plan that will include an inventory of open spaces and recreation areas in Nahant. It also prepared a grant application and will use available funding (authorized at the April, 2019 Town Meeting) to engage with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council for the public outreach phase of the Plan as well as with the preparation of the maps, plans and graphics required for the updated Plan.
The Committee also submitted a grant application to the Community Preservation Act Committee for consideration at the 2020 Annual Town Meeting to improve areas at Bailey’s Hill adjacent to the Heritage Trail. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, that article was not considered at that Town Meeting and the Committee is hopeful that it will be considered at the next Town Meeting in April 2021.
The Committee looks forward to continuing its work in 2021 with additional public outreach and with the goal of issuing an updated Open Space and Recreation Plan for approval by the Commonwealth that can serve Nahant in the years ahead.