Open space meeting planned Tuesday

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Last week, officials asked readers to guess where a nature picture was taken in Middle Township, which was at Reeds Beach in September during the monarch butterfly migration. This week, two photographs are up for identification. See the answers in next week’s New Notes. Last week, officials asked readers to guess where a nature picture was taken in Middle Township, which was at Reeds Beach in September during the monarch butterfly migration. This week, two photographs are up for identification. See the answers in next week’s New Notes.

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – This municipality’s draft open space and recreation plan is up for review.

The plan is based on interviews with more than 20 preservation and recreation groups and 188 completed surveys.

“It will help with funding requests by showing the recommendations have been through an extensive public process,” reads an announcement from the township. “The Planning Board will have the option of adopting the plan as a chapter of the Master Plan, the document that guides all development decisions in the township.”

Middle Township and other public recreation agencies in the township will be able to reference the open space and recreation plan for project ideas.

People will be able to share their thoughts on the plan at a meeting Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Martin Luther King Community Center.

Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the program will start at 7 p.m.

Some of the preliminary needs that have been identified include:

  • preserving undeveloped sites as wildlife habitats and for passive recreation, such as walking, running, hiking and wildlife viewing.
  • producing a map of township, state, county, federal and non-profit recreation facilities.
  • improving accessibility, parking, coordinated signs directing to sites, and information on site, including plant and wildlife.
  • improving wheelchair and stroller accessibility to facilities.
  • connecting trails, facilities, neighborhoods and commercial districts and improving maintenance and lighting at existing facilities.
  • meeting recreational needs of all ages.
  • providing a variety of programs and facilities.

Funding for the project was provided by the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions.

The Martin Luther King Community Center is at 207 West Main St. in Whitesboro.

Information on the project, including the draft plan, can be found at www.MiddleTownship.com. 


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