Input needed for future county parks and recreation plans

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

At a recent meeting of Leadership Brunswick County, Jim Pryor, Brunswick County parks and recreation director, asked attendees what parks and recreation meant to them.

The answers varied from tennis courts and softball fields to Little League and other community sports programs.

If such a question were asked of all of Brunswick County, the answers would likely be more diverse and unique depending on respondents’ locations within the county, their age groups and interests.

Although it could be a gigantic task, Pryor is making the bold move and asking residents just that.

Starting in December, the county will solicit information from residents about what they think future parks and recreation facilities should include.

To oversee what is to be a long-range strategic plan, Pryor has teamed with Lose and Associates of Nashville. After public input is solicited, Lose and Associates will gather all that information and put it together in a parks and recreation comprehensive master plan.

Students from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington did the last comprehensive master plan in 2002. Since then, a number of projects have been carried out including new parks and improvements to existing facilities.

To continue moving forward in improving current parks and creating new ones, it’s important community members grab hold of this opportunity and show up at one of the six planned public meetings to tell parks and recreation officials what should be tackled next in Brunswick County.

Are you one of the people who have been pushing for a community dog park? Now is the time to let your voice be heard.

Are you a skateboarder who wants to know where you can safely skate and what rules and regulations may fall into place? The public meetings are a great place to get your questions answered.

Do you like what parks and recreation has already done? Let them know at one of the meetings.

As diverse as Brunswick County is, to create a quality plan for the future will require input from people from all parts of the community.

The following public sessions are planned:

•6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at Town Creek Community Building

•6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Waccamaw Community Building

•6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Leland Senior Community Building

•11 a.m.-1p.m. Thursday, Dec.4, at Lockwood Folly Community Building

•11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at Southport City Hall

•6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at Shallotte Town Hall

We’ve been given an important opportunity to have our voices heard when it comes to the future of parks and recreation services in Brunswick County. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of it.