(PITTSBURGH) May 6, 2013 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the opening of the public comment period and the final public meetings for OpenSpacePGH - the City’s open space, parks and recreation planning effort. The public comment period for the draft of OpenSpacePGH will be available from May 7 to June 7 and can be accessed at http://exchange.planpgh.com/portal, with paper copies of the plan available at all Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations. Draft recommendations were created with public input from nearly 3,000 residents and experts in the field. OpenSpacePGH is part of PLANPGH, the City's 25-year comprehensive growth plan, which includes 12 components and is projected to be completed in 2015.
“Incorporating residents’ ideas, concerns and suggestions into the planning process will help us make the best decisions on how and where to improve open space opportunities,” Ravenstahl said. “Community involvement is a key element to PLANPGH’s success. Residents are encouraged to attend the meetings, share their thoughts and have a greater hand in making Pittsburgh even more livable for everyone.”
OpenSpacePGH is anticipated to be the second adopted component of PLANPGH – following behind PRESERVEPGH – and will guide the City’s development by determining which areas are best left protected as open space. MOVEPGH is also in its final stages.
The final public meetings – which are free and open to the public – will educate residents on the findings of the draft plan, and inform them about how they can use the plan to help create change in their neighborhoods. Residents are also encouraged to share ideas about how to best set priorities for open space programs in various neighborhoods across the city.
OpenSpacePGH meetings will take place on the following dates and locations:
Tuesday, May 7th
Wednesday, May 8th
Thursday, May 9th
Tuesday, May 14th
Wednesday, May 15th
For more information, residents are encouraged to contact Andrew Dash, Senior Planner, Department of City Planning by phone at 412-255-0760 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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