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County Nears Parks Plan Completion

The Jackson County Commission will vote on the Parks and Recreation Master Plan at the next County Commission meeting set for April 12.

This news came at a public input meeting last Tuesday at the Jackson County Courthouse—with the meeting being led by Kevin Guenther of Ragan-Smith Associates.

As previously reported in the Jackson County Sentinel, the river was cited as the “cultural, social and historical spine” of the area.

Guenther said the river could provide recreational opportunities that draw tourists to Jackson County.

The consulting firm is compiling data from over 400 surveys and other community commentary to devise the plan.

According to Guenther—thus far—surveys have shown major support surrounding improving the parks and recreation improvement and progression.

Many people have responded enthusiastically to the expansion of outdoor programs geared toward hiking, biking, paddling, etc.; youth programs; greenways; and health and fitness.

Guenther maintained that delegating the upkeep and responsibility to a specific, stand-alone department—which is non-existent for the time being.

For more on this story, pickup a copy of this week’s Jackson County Sentinel.

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