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Parks & Recreation Master Plan

Public Input Sessions for residents are being held to provide feedback on findings and potential recommendations about the future of parks and recreation needs. You may also leave comments here.

Meeting Dates & Locations:

Tuesday, September 24th, 7:00 p.m.  Schley Grange Hall, 3416 Schley Road, Hillsborough

Thursday, October 3rd, 7:00 p.m. Efland Community Center, 117 Richmond Road, Efland

Thursday, October 10th, 7:00 p.m. Union Grove United Methodist Church, 6407 Union Grove Church Road, Hillsborough

Parks and Recreation Master Plan Survey Press Release

The Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation (DEAPR) is in the process of updating the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.  A primary component in updating the Master Plan is implementing a community needs assessment.  DEAPR and consultants from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro are conducting a community needs assessment of the parks and recreation services offered by the County.  The needs assessment will be used to help develop a new Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan.  The previous plan was completed in 1988. 

An important part of the needs assessment is a survey of residents.  The information gathered will help Orange County learn what residents think about current park facilities and recreation programs and what we can do to improve them.  We also want to find out what new recreation programs and facilities residents feel we need in Orange County.  In addition, the information gathered will be used to apply for grant funding.  The needs assessment survey was mailed to a random sample of 4,200 Orange County residences. You may also take the online survey listed above.  There will also be several public outreach sessions in the coming months.  Please check our website, facebook, or twitter account for dates/times/locations of these sessions.  By the spring of 2013, results will be gathered and a Plan written for review by the Board of County Commissioners and the public.  If adopted, the new Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan will be used as a guide for future development of parks facilities and recreation programs.

Additional information about the Parks and Recreation Master Plan can be found in the Board of County Commissioners April 12, 2011 agenda item

Other opportunities to comment on the plan and park and recreation matters will be forthcoming. If you have comments about the master plan you’d like to share at this time, submit them here.