Drafting a Blueprint for Conservation & Recreation
Tighe & Bond worked with the Town of South Hadley and Harriman to update South Hadley’s 2012 Open Space & Recreation Plan (OSRP) concurrent with South Hadley’s update to its Comprehensive Master Plan. The OSRP received approval from the Massachusetts Division of Conservation Services (DCS) maintaining South Hadley’s eligibility for certain grant programs.
Tighe & Bond worked closely with Harriman to develop a survey and community forums to address the needs of both the OSRP and the Master Plan. The community input was used to update the vision for South Hadley’s open space and recreation. Tighe & Bond also developed the required maps, and revised the OSRP by updating the inventory of lands of conservation and recreational interest, updated the needs analysis, goals, and objectives, and identified specific tasks for the seven-year action plan.
The public process included attending and facilitating numerous interviews and meetings with municipal staff and an OSRP advisory committee, developed and implemented a survey to identify community needs, and attending and facilitating three community forums. Members of the Town’s Master Plan Implementation Committee also took the forums on the road in “meetings-in-a-box” thereby gathering input from a broader group of residents. The input from the public outreach was used to develop the goals, objectives, and seven-year action plan for the updated OSRP.
Tighe & Bond provided master planning services to the Town of South Hadley as part of this project. Tighe & Bond’s scope of work included developing an inventory of environmental resources, and developing and implementing a community engagement plan to seek broader input on the OSRP.