"Parks plan a blueprint for diverse uses by city" by: Jessica Shepard

BAY CITY - City council adopted the final draft of the parks master plan created by Halff Associates during their regular meeting Nov. 16.
   “Over the course of the past eight months, the project team has engaged city staff, elected and appointed officials and the greater public in several meetings and events to provide a variety of opportunities for input,” said Halff Architects’ landscape architect Gail Ferry during the meeting.
   “Bay City residents want a high-quality, diverse, multigenerational parks and recreation system. 
   “As such, this plan has been developed with much thought and care on how best to respond to that request.”
   Over 870 responses were noted as part of Halff’s April-May online public survey to gather residents’ opinions on parks and recreation, trails, athletics and what types of activities are needed in Bay City.
   “We also hosted an open house public workshop to solicit additional public feedback,” she said.
   “There were 34 attendees at the open house.”
   The Bay City Parks Master Plan provides guidance for the city’s parks, recreation programs, trails, and open spaces over the next 10 years.
   That includes anything from playgrounds, pools, trails and adding or removing park spaces.
   “We wanted to ensure that the needs of the community are met both today and in the future,” she added.

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