Episode 948

FM #948 - OSRP Public Hearing #1 - 02/21/23

Published on: 22nd February, 2023

This session of the radio show shares the first Public Hearing held to gather input on the Town of Franklin Open Space & Recreation Plan (OSRP).

Quick recap:

  • Member of a mountain biking group looking to help in ways they can
  • Bleachers have wide spaces at the top that could allow a small child to slip through
  • Suggestion on signage to remind folks (i.e. drivers) to share the road with bikers
  • Discussion on kayak access for the Charles, there is access at Beaver Pond, may also eventually be at DelCarte, also evaluation of a kiosk to help with rental of kayaks
  • Comment on citizen awareness of open space, AgCom (Agriculture Commission) also working on that awareness,; the amount of salt in the water supply is increasing, we need to look at that...
  • from Mark (last name?), thanks for whomever did successfully make the open space purchases
  • A question to be addressed is how to balance maintaining the forest area at Maple Hill and yet provide access to the trail network there in a minimalist manner
  • ADA self assessment being planned for all Town and School facilities
  • Rec Dept had reached out to scouting groups pre-COVID to see if some trail maintenance could be organized, would like to bring that back to the forefront!
  • Remember to respond to the survey, approx. 250+ so far
  • Next public hearing scheduled for Apr 25 will review objectives for the plan draft

The conversation runs about about an hour. Let’s listen to the OSRP Public Hearing


Conservation page ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation 

Open Space & Recreation plan update  https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/pages/2023-open-space-and-recreation-plan-update 

The presentation copy shared during the meeting ->


The video of the public hearing can be found ->  https://youtu.be/nTt6r_Ix0yM

My notes captured via Twitter and found in one PDF ->



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