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Avon OSRP Public Meeting, June 23, 2022 at 6 PM via Zoom

Announcement: OCPC will be hosting a virtual Public Participation Meeting on the Avon Open Space & Recreation Plan. It will be held on Thursday, June 23 at 6 PM on Zoom at this link. For any questions, please email Megan Fournier at mfournier@ocpcrpa.org

About the Project

What is an Open Space & Recreation Plan?

An Open Space & Recreation Plan is a roadmap for prioritizing open space and recreation projects and expenditures. It identifies the municipality's open space assets, such as parks, trails, playgrounds, conservation land, forested land, athletic fields, and various other types of open space and provides concrete goals for their management and preservation.

Goals and Objectives

This section presents Open Space and Recreation goals and objectives for the Town of Avon based on the values and concerns identified by the Open Space and Recreation Plan Committee, Town Staff, and residents through the survey and at the public meetings. The goals are broad statements framed to indicate a desired future condition or achievement by the Town. The objectives are more specific statements that outline measurable steps that will help the Town achieve these goals. These together guide the development of the Action Plan outlined in the following section. For all the goals, objectives, and actions that follow, the availability of funding is paramount. Safeguarding existing sources and diligently pursuing new sources of funding will be necessary to achieve the proposed actions in this plan.

A. Statement of Open Space and Recreation Goals

During the Open Space Visioning Workshop, Avon residents engaged in setting goals and objectives for a variety of thematic issues including agriculture, resource protection, and parks and recreation.

Setting Conservation Goals

The following goals were developed with the Open Space and Recreation Committee after the results of the survey and visioning session were reviewed and analyzed for trends.

B. Goals

A fact sheet about Avon's open space goals

1. Recreation Goal: Existing recreational facilities and opportunities are connected and improved to provide a range of recreational opportunities accessible to meet the needs of all residents, in or close to every neighborhood.

2. Recreation Access Goal: Recreational facilities and programs are expanded to provide universal access that meet the needs of underserved populations.

3. Natural Resources Goal: Lands of natural resources, scenic, and recreation value are protected, well- stewarded, connect with each other and with neighborhoods to accommodate the needs of all residents, and be enjoyed by future generations.

4. Groundwater and Surface Water Protection Goal: The Stormwater Management Program is implemented and in compliance with Stormwater Management Regulations to ensure groundwater and surface water are protected as clean and abundant resources to preserve and protect the town’s water supply, wildlife, and other natural resources.

5. Land Conservation Goal: Management and protection of natural and recreational resources is achieved through initiative-taking planning, coordinating, and advocacy that provides adequate, dedicated funding sources for open space and recreational facility acquisition and maintenance to protect natural resources while encouraging appropriate public use.

C. Objectives

Recreation Goal Objectives
Goal # 1 Existing recreational facilities and opportunities are connected and improved to provide a range of recreational opportunities accessible to meet the needs of all residents, in or close to every neighborhood.

  1. Broaden the network of pocket parks so they are equitably distributed across all Avon neighborhoods and maintain playgrounds to the same safety standards applied to schools.
  2. Increase engagement with the community in support of the open space and recreation plan to provide open space in or close to every neighborhood.
  3. Advocate for improved access to open spaces by people with disabilities.
  4. Continue developing the local/regional trail network for transportation and nature-based recreation, study, and plan for bicycle use.

Recreation Access Goal Objectives
Goal # 2 Recreational facilities and programs are expanded to provide universal access that meet the needs of underserved populations.

  1. Town Parks, playgrounds, and recreation areas provide experiences for people with a variety of mobility, sensory awareness, and mental capacity.
  2. Improve access to information about recreational opportunities for users of all ages, incomes, and abilities.
  3. Improve access to parks for community members who do not drive, including youth and seniors.
  4. Improve trail connections and fill in the gaps of existing trail networks.

Natural Resources Goal Objectives
Goal #3 Lands of natural resources, scenic, and recreation value are protected, well- stewarded, connect with each other and with neighborhoods to accommodate the needs of all residents and be enjoyed by future generations. Protect ecological resilience of private and public conservation lands through stewardship and maintenance.

  1. Identify and prioritize additional parcels with significant open space value.
  2. Use Town zoning and other land use regulation and development standards to support the protection of open space and natural resources.
  3. Develop and begin to implement a policy for climate change adaptation and mitigation and include protection and acquisition of unprotected open spaces in larger community planning processes. Develop a long-term strategic approach to recreation and open spaces and integrate it into the Town’s other key strategic documents.

Groundwater and Surface Water Protection Goal Objectives
Goal #4 The Stormwater Management Program is implemented and in compliance with Stormwater Management Regulations to ensure groundwater and surface water are protected as clean and abundant resources to preserve and protect the town’s water supply, wildlife, and other natural resources.

  1. Continue to implement the Stormwater Management Program and comply with Stormwater Management Regulations.
  2. Manage town projects to allow improvements to existing greenways when possible and seek opportunities for new greenways.
  3. Use new development and redevelopment as an opportunity to make improvements in infrastructure, and to reduce impacts on resources.
  4. Create a Climate Action Plan and update regulations to reduce vulnerability to flooding, severe weather, and extreme temperatures.

Land Conservation Goal Objectives
Goal #5 Management and protection of natural and recreational resources is achieved through initiative-taking planning, coordinating, and advocacy that provides adequate, dedicated funding sources for open space and recreational facility acquisition and maintenance to protect natural resources while encouraging appropriate public use. Coordinate regionally and work collaboratively with neighboring towns and regional entities on integrated protection and management of natural resources, recreational areas, and trail networks working toward common goals to increase awareness, appreciation, and use of the Town’s open spaces, trails, natural resources, and recreational opportunities.

  1. Identify additional measures to fund the protection of significant open space when at imminent risk of loss and promote collaboration among the various town boards, commissions, and departments responsible for open spaces
  2. Maintain and increase funds designation for the ongoing maintenance and management of open spaces.
  3. Identify connections between priority habitats and identify opportunities to link protection of wildlife corridors to other open space interests and larger community planning processes.

Additional Public Meeting Recordings

Read the Plan here

Avon Open Space and Recreation Plan

Questions or Comments? Email Laurie Muncy