The City of Pittsburgh encourages residents and park users to complete two public surveys to help guide phase one of the City’s first comprehensive plan, called PlanPGH. Phase one of the plan looks at the City’s “open spaces” – or public parks, trails, greenways and vacant lots – and will ultimately provide a blueprint on how to best manage these assets.
“Community engagement is a critical part of the planning process,” Ravenstahl said. “By sharing opinions on how to improve our green spaces, the public can help us create a plan that best suits their needs.”
One of the surveys is geared toward adults, and the other for youths. Both surveys ask participants about how they currently use parks and other open spaces, and how they envision the future use. Both surveys can be found at www.planpgh.com by clicking on the “PlanPGH Exchange” button. The survey period will close on Sept.7. Residents and park users are urged to log on now, or obtain a paper copy of the survey from the Department of City Planning by calling 412-255-0760.
The survey is one of several opportunities the City has planned for encouraging PlanPGH public input.
Although phase one has been underway since last January, residents and stakeholders can still get involved in the planning process in numerous ways beyond the survey. The City will be hosting a Best Practices Summit on Urban Parks, Recreation and Open Space on Sept. 30 at the Children’s Museum. In addition, public meetings will be held in various locations throughout the City later this fall. See the PlanPGH website and Facebook page for more information and “Be a Fan of the Plan.”
As one of the initial components to PlanPGH, OpenSpacePGH will provide the City with a working document that will guide decisions and policy related to Pittsburgh’s bountiful stock of parks, greenways and other open spaces. The other phases of PlanPGH include historic preservation, transportation, public facilities, public art, urban design and more.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
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