Studies show that community parks increase health, social connection, aid the environment and have positive impacts on the local economy. Parks offer countless benefits to residents of all ages and interests who are fortunate enough to have them in their neighborhoods. They serve as an affordable place for people to exercise, enjoy nature, and spend time with family and friends. So, who makes the decisions about the Foresthill park amenities and how are these decisions made?

In the past, most parks, trails and amenities such as basketball courts were somewhat “cookie cutter” in nature. The typical park setting included things like benches, barbeque areas with a few swings and slides for the kiddies. Now, for the first time EVER, the County of Placer is offering YOU the opportunity to provide public input on its comprehensive parks and trails master plan! Check it out -- Placer County has launched a new project website at www.placerparksplan.com where you may provide suggestions, obtain project information, and sign up for project notifications.

Now remember, if online input is not for you – no problem! Please consider attending the Parks Subcommittee meetings being held the first Monday of every month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Memorial Hall. This is your chance to help Placer County think through a 10-year vision for the development and operation of parks and trails in Foresthill. We have a chance to voice the recreational needs of our specific, individual communities. Because community engagement is critical to ensure the plan reflects community needs, the county is providing multiple opportunities for public input. A county-wide online survey is planned for release later this month, stakeholder and focus group meetings are occurring and a series of public workshops are scheduled for later in the year. The website provides another venue for interested community members to submit comments and review draft recommendations. Please see http://placerparksplan.com/timeline/ for a snapshot of plans through the remainder of the year. Additional information may be obtained by attending the Parks Subcommittee meeting or by contacting Foresthill Parks Forum Member, John Peters at (530) 906-1766 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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