A municipality’s Open Space & Recreation Plan sets specific action steps to enhance the attractiveness of your community. It can preserve these areas and add new ones as needed. It makes a difference in the character and livability of your community and protects green infrastructure. It may consist of adding a swimming pool or a green park space.
Most municipalities have such a plan because it is a requirement in order to receive grants from the State Green Acres Program. Check out your own plan. See if it’s in tune with what you want.
Teaneck has just posted its draft OPEN SPACE AND RECREATION PLAN UPDATE Here. There will be two public meetings on the Plan Update. The update is important for us in Teaneck to understand and respond to as it provides action steps throughout a period of five years.
Below are the issues raised by Teaneck residents in public meetings at the start of the plan revision. Some of these matters are likely of equal interest to you wherever you live.
THE TOP-RANKING ISSUES WERE
- Concern about the Overpeck Park Area 2 Dinosaur Animatronics and parking facility.
- Extend and preserve the Greenway along the Hackensack River.
- Permanently protect the Route 4 Greenbelt as a park.
- Purchase the Siegel and Siegel property located along the greenway.
- Update the Township’s Recreation and Open Space Inventory (ROSI).
- Alleviate flooding at Votee Park following significant storm events.
OTHER PUBLIC COMMENTS INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING
- Confirm the accounting for the Municipal Open Space Trust (MOST).
- Focus on small projects that improve existing facilities for recreation.
- Address maintenance needs at Phelps Park.
- Add opportunities for mountain biking, trails for walking/running.
- Concern about the construction of new high-density housing developments.
- Need for tree maintenance throughout the town. Creation of pocket parks and expansion of existing parks, where possible.
- Expand and diversify park amenities and programs across the Township.
- Improve access and facilities at Feldman Preserve and Brett Park.
- Increase use and availability of outdoor pools.
- Concern about the construction of the field house at Votee Park.
- Increased need for parking at parks.
- Location of the Department of Public Works and its equipment along Hackensack River.