In the next few weeks everyone in Thurston County will have the opportunity to help shape the future of county parks, trails and recreation programs. Four public conversations, hosted by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, will explore individual and community goals and values as they relate to parks and recreation.
Members of the public are invited to participate in any of the following meetings:
- Monday, June 18: Tenino Fire Station, 187 Hodgden St. South in Tenino
- Thursday, June 21: Griffin Fire Station, 3707 Steamboat Loop NW
- Tuesday, June 26: County Fairgrounds, Heritage Hall, 3054 Carpenter Rd. SE
- Thursday, June 28: North Olympia Fire Station, 5046 Boston Harbor Rd. NE
All conversations take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
"We're holding these talks," says Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero, "to hear about what people cherish in their parks, and to gather their ideas for the future. More than ever, parks, trails and recreation programs are essential to the health and well-being of our community. In these troubled economic times, we need to hear from our community so we can make the best possible plans for meeting the recreational needs of our citizens as well as preserving irreplaceable park lands and resources."
Public input will be a key element in the update of the county's Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan. Those unable to attend a public conversation are encouraged to leave a comment at 360-867-2192. More information, including the current plan, is available at www.co.thurston.wa.us/parks/ -30-