Westwood is updating its Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP)! We would like your input in this survey to make sure we have the best possible understanding of how you and your fellow citizens feel about open space and recreation facilities in Westwood.

 

Completing an OSRP that gains approval from the Massachusetts Division of Conservation Services (DCS) serves two primary purposes: (1) It provides a document to guide future Town decisions pertaining to open space and recreation and (2) It makes the Town eligible for grants that can be used to purchase open space and develop recreation facilities.

 

Public participation is a key aspect of writing the plan, so your input is very important. The following survey will help us develop a better understanding of what residents love about Westwood's open spaces and recreation areas, what areas and things could be better, and what elements are missing. You may begin this survey by clicking "OK" below.
 

This survey will be available from February 1, 2018 through February 15, 2018.

 


* 1. In the past year, which of the following recreation areas listed below did you or your family use?

* 2. How would you evaluate the overall quality of the recreational facilities found in Westwood?

* 3. Please explain:

* 4. Please identify any recreational facilities you think need to be developed or improved:

* 5. In the past year, what town/nonprofit open space areas listed below did you or your family use?

* 6. Check up to five items below that you feel should be a priority in Westwood in the next five years.

* 7. What areas in Westwood should be acquired or repurposed for the future use of town residents for recreation or conservation purposes? Please describe the site(s) in detail below.

* 8. How important is it to you to preserve the following?

  Very Important Somewhat Important Not Important
Farmlands 
Historic buildings
Historic places
Open spaces - conservation land
Open spaces - recreation land
Open Spaces - water

* 9. How would you rate the following features of current and future open space in the Town?

  Very Important Somewhat Important Not Important
Active Recreation 
Passive Recreation
Private, protected land
Scenic Views and Landscape
Wildlife Habitat

* 10. Would you support an effort to adopt the Community Preservation Act?

The Community Preservation Act (CPA) is a Massachusetts state law (M.G.L. Chapter 44B) passed in 2000. It enables communities that adopt it to create a local dedicated fund for open space preservation, preservation of historic resources, development of affordable housing and the acquisition and development of outdoor recreation facilities. Funds for these purposes are raised through a voter-authorized surcharge on local property tax bills of up to 3%. Local adoption of CPA triggers annual distributions from the state’s Community Preservation Trust Fund to the town’s Community Preservation Fund. Currently, 156 cities and towns have adopted the CPA. Westwood last considered the CPA in 2001, when it failed to pass.

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