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Commissioners Adopt Parks Plan

Jackson County Commissioners met in regular session last Monday and adopted a 10-year master plan that would benefit and improve the community’s parks and recreation system.

This approval comes after months of planning and feedback from local citizens in public forums hosted by the Landscape Architect Kevin Guenther Reagan-Smith.

As previously reported in the Jackson County Sentinel, his recommendations to the county included boosting its facilities, athletic programs and target things the community can get behind—with two major assets already in existence being Roaring River Park and Cumberland Bend (otherwise known as “the old golf course.”)

Guenther explained that in order to begin implementing changes and expanding upon the park system, the county will need a dedicated budget to do so.

“Right now you really don’t have any formal budget towards your park and recreation facilities or staff,” Guenther said. “It’s kind of something that is blended with other things. We’re strongly encouraging you to look at the potential of dedicating something just specifically for parks and recreation.”

Through various forms of feedback the public has indicated a strong desire for more youth-related recreations to be utilized in this plan.

“A lot of [residents] that are leaving, one of things they say is that we don’t offer those facilities,” Heady said. “There was a lot of interest in using the land that we already have, under lease at the Cumberland Bend at the old golf course, which we know will never be a golf course again.”

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

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