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Parks Master Plan Survey & Community Open House

Opportunity to comment on park needs, priorities, potential new park facilities

For Immediate Release
April 10, 2017

Contact: Scott Phillips
Associate Planner
(650) 726-8270

Parks Master Planning Process Gets Underway 
with Survey and Community Open House
Concurrent Effort Also Starts for Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan

HALF MOON BAY, CA - The community of Half Moon Bay is invited to be part of the recently-initiated Parks Master Plan process. This community-based planning process will engage people in helping to identify community park needs, priorities, possible new park facilities, and desired improvements to Half Moon Bay's existing parks. It's part of "Half Moon Bay Outdoors" - a coordinated effort to assess and plan for the City's parks, as well as to create a separate, related Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan.

The process starts with a community survey and a public open house, primarily focused on parks. The survey is available online at www.hmboutdoors.org, the new web portal for community information and input on both the Parks Plan and the Bike/Ped Plan.

This bilingual Parks survey will help bring out key issues and explore the community's needs and desires, with the results used to help set priorities and create a draft Parks Master Plan for review and consideration by the Planning Commission and City Council. The survey questions are focused on parks, although several are associated with bicycle and pedestrian issues.

The first community open house on the Parks Master Plan is hosted by the Half Moon Bay Parks and Recreation Committee:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
6 pm - Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting
6:30 pm (approximate) - Parks Master Plan Open House
Emergency Operations Center, 537 Kelly Avenue

The Open House starts with an informational presentation, followed by an opportunity for attendees to browse several interactive information "stations" where they can talk with staff and consultants, get questions answered, and provide comments and ideas for inclusion in the process. One of those stations will be for Bicycle/Pedestrian issues. Interested community members are welcome to attend both portions of the meeting, or may feel free to drop in to the Open House.

The Parks Master Plan will strive to achieve a variety of park facilities and amenities throughout the community, now and into the future. Ultimately recommendations will be made for the City to enhance, improve, or add to its park space. It should be noted that open space and other land use issues will be covered in the City's General Plan update process. The Parks Master Plan is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017. 

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan will use community feedback and technical analysis to make recommendations for bikeway, pedestrian, and trail networks to improve safety, comfort, and connectivity throughout Half Moon Bay. A schedule of meetings/input opportunities for the Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan is being developed. Completion of this Plan is anticipated for mid-2018.

The processes for developing these two Plans will be coordinated - more information on both efforts will be updated online at www.hmboutdoors.org

Located 28 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Half Moon Bay is a community of about 12,500 people, situated on the peninsula between forested hills and some of the most beautiful coastlines that California has to offer. Its historic downtown is home to numerous shops, art galleries, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and other businesses, and its celebrated beaches and parks are wonders of nature, accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. With its many activities and events, beautiful natural scenery, old-town charm, and abundance of retail and commercial services, Half Moon Bay is a regional destination. The City's website is www.hmbcity.com

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