Open space meeting set

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MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – Officials will present preliminary open space and recreation recommendations for the municipality during a meeting Jan. 22.

Through November, 188 households completed surveys about what people wanted to see with open space and recreation.

Results show the top three activities enjoyed by respondents as walking/hiking, biking, and fishing/crabbing, and the top facilities are more trails, playgrounds, boat/kayak ramp and launches, and an indoor swimming pool.

The meeting is planned to begin at 7 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Community Center at 207 West Main St. in Whitesboro. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Among topics will be a summary of public survey results; presentation of map of open space and recreational facilities, including state, federal, county and nonprofit lands; recommended improvements to facilities, including a draft plan of the Robert “Ockie” Wisting Recreation Complex site (formerly Fort Apache campground); other recreational opportunities, such as nature tourism, sports tournaments and private sector potential; and funding options.

The open space and recreation plan project team involves the township’s Environmental Commission, Recreation Advisory Board and Planning Board. More than 20 environmental and recreation are part of the project, too.

Middle Township was awarded $8,000 by the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions Sustainable Land Use Planning Grant to develop the open space and recreation plan.

The plan got under way earlier this year.

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