POSP: Public Comment (2020 POSP)

Public Comment Gathered for 2020 POSP

Extensive public participation opportunities were available for Washington County residents throughout the park and open space planning process. All public comments were shared with the Park and Open Space Plan Technical Advisory Committee and the Washington County Planning, Conservation and Parks Committee prior to approval.

  1. Public opinion survey of County residents to obtain public perceptions of outdoor recreation in Washington County.
    • Interest in nature education programs and the provision of a countywide nature center
    • Provision of a system of recreational trails throughout the County
    • Acquisition of lands for new County parks
    • Preference of taxes, bonds, and user fees as the mechanisms for acquisition of lands for resource protection purposes and expansion of the park system.

  2. Survey of individuals who reserved a park shelter in 2000 or 2001 to obtain perception of existing County parks.
    • Provision of additional benches and tables, dumpsters and recycling containers
    • Improvement of park maintenance and shelter amenities
    • Provision of dog parks, playground equipment, and volleyball courts

  3. Survey of Washington County youth in the Villages of Germantown and Jackson to obtain information on park improvements.
    • Improvement of trails, playgrounds, and sled hills
    • Requesting provisions of pools, ice skating facilities, soccer fields, and swimming beaches

  4. Series of three public informational/input meetings held in October 2002.
    • Create a dog park in the County
    • Provide farmland education at future nature center
    • Preserve agriculture land and crops
    • More multi-use trails within the parks

  5. Series of three public informational/input meetings held in Sept. 2003 to comment on plan recommendations.
    • Possible creation of dog parks
    • Hiking trails connecting environmental corridors
    • Creation of a nature center
    • More recreational activities and facilities in the parks

  6. Public hearing held February 3, 2004.
    • Provide stronger policies for farmland preservation
    • Concern over property rights
    • No duplication of services between County and local governments
    • Concern regarding protective zoning recommendations