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Posted: 01/15/14

Macomb County seeks input on
new Parks and Recreation plan

      A proposed plan could bring major changes to Macomb County's parks and recreation landscape. From developing new waterfront recreational districts to upgrading amenities at Freedom Hill, Macomb County is in the process of raising the profile of its recreational assets by expanding services and facilities.
       Over the past year, the county's Planning and Economic Development Department has been working with stakeholders at all levels of government to create a new strategy for parks in Macomb County. This new plan seeks to raise the profile of recreational assets in Macomb County by expanding services and facilities.
       "This is a great opportunity for Macomb County," said Stephen Cassin, executive director of the county's Planning and Economic Development Department. "We are using fresh and innovative planning tools to enhance parks and recreation. By building off of the incredible assets we already possess, we can engage new users and a wider network of partners."
       Macomb County last updated its Parks and Recreation plan in 2007. Under Michigan's Guidelines for the Development of Community Park, Recreation, Open Space and Greenway Plans, the county must update its parks and recreation strategy every five years to be eligible for grants from the state. In the past, the county has obtained grants for improvements to Freedom Hill and enhancements to the non-motorized trail network. The new plan includes a comprehensive community profile, updated administrative structure, detailed inventory of parks and an action plan for investments and improvements.
       In order to fulfill the state's requirements for adopting a new plan, the draft document will be available for public review and comment for the next 30 days. The plan is available online at www.macombgov.org/mcped and a hard copy of the draft plan is also available for review at the Planning and Economic Development department, located at One South Main, 7th floor, Mount Clemens. The county is also seeking to leverage social media for comments and input. Links to the document and elements of the plan will be showcased on the Make Macomb Your Home Twitter account @makemacomb. Any comments or inquiries regarding the plan can be directed to the Planning and Economic Development Department in person or at planning@macombgov.org.


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