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Community Forum on recreation in Sherborn

The Sherborn Planning Board invites all residents to the second of a series of public forums on the new draft General Plan for the Town on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Sherborn Town Hall. This forum will focus on shared goals for Sherborn’s recreational resources:

• Open Space Recreation: hiking, biking and riding trails, Farm Pond.
• Organized Recreation Facilities: team sports and group programs.
• Sherborn Town Center as a recreational hub.

The forum is a step in the Planning Board’s process of producing a new General Plan for the Town, the first since 2001. The Plan seeks to define broad goals for the coming years and decades, and to provide clear recommendations, practical strategies and specific actions to fulfill those goals. The General Plan process began in 2014 with a town-wide survey, followed by formation of volunteer citizen “working groups” who worked for many months to produce draft sections of the Plan. Over the past several months, these drafts have been reviewed and revised by the Planning Board with input from many Town Boards and Committees. As recreation goals are also part of the draft Open Space and Recreation Plan, this forum is co-sponsored by the Open Space Committee. So far, dozens of volunteer citizens have taken an active role.

As writing and editing progresses, sections of the draft Plan are being presented to interested residents in a series of televised public forums. The first forum on January 25 was focused on Natural Resources, Open Space and Agriculture; it can still be seen on the Sherborn website, sherbornma.org, under the “Watch Town Hall Meetings” heading.

The February 28 forum on Recreation will also be televised and available for viewing. After each forum, residents may download an outline of the presentation and a feedback form from the Sherborn website by clicking on “General Plan Forum Information.”
Residents are asked to send their comments and ideas by US mail or email, following instructions on the form. More public forums are planned on Housing and Town Center.

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