Rotterdam clears vision on parks plan

Proposed 10-year plan roadmap for park and recreation improvements

The direction of Rotterdam's parks and recreation programs is starting to solidify with a proposed plan aiming to focus on the town's natural attractions.

The Parks and Recreation Commission of Rotterdam recently submitted its proposed plan, dubbed Vision 2020, to the Town Board for review. Under the 10-year plan, measures to improve and revitalize the town's parks and recreation programs would undergo incremental improvements to help realize the goal. The town board will vote on the plan during an upcoming session, but nothing will be finalized or any sort of funding approved, because the board would approve each specific objective before implementation.

"[The plan] is a synopsis of reachable goals and long term goals," said Councilman Matthew Martin. "Some of the ideas are grand and big, but that is what the purpose of the plan is all about. The plan itself is pretty comprehensive and it is pretty detailed."

The commission was formed in August 2009 under the previous board and after completing a draft of the plan this April there were five public input sessions held to receive input on the proposal. Based on public input changes were made to the final plan, said Ronald Severson, chairman for the Commission.

One change to the plan from public input sessions is the addition of a proposed dog park in the town, said Severson.

"Some people are actually willing to donate time and money to seeing this built," said Severson about the dog park. "We might be able to build the dog park without costing the town any money from the general funding itself."

There are three main goals to the plan, which detail what infrastructure changes should be made, what programs and policies should be implemented and how the town will pay for the plan.

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