Pittsburgh firm on board for greenways and recreation plan

Mackin Engineering, Pittsburgh has been contracted by Warren County to conduct a county-wide greenways and recreation evaluation and develop a plan.

Amy Wiles, a planner for Mackin Engineering, spoke to the COG about what would be needed from the community and what exactly a Greenways and Recreation Plan is.

The last one conducted on Warren County was in 2008 which created overall regulations for outdoor recreational areas. It is recommended to update a recreation plan every 10 to 20 years.

“We will look at what’s been done and what’s happened since [the last plan],” said Wiles.

The evaluation began a couple of months ago and is expected to go on for around a year. Wiles has explored Warren County’s outdoor recreational facilities and is now seeking community feedback.

“It’s important to get feedback. What would you like to see? What are your visions?” said Wiles.

It is important to identify issues, oppositions and threats that may be present in recreational areas. The plan will reflect land use, regulations, subdivisions and development of land.

Wiles is in the process of developing a survey to give to municipal officials in order to ensure a “full inventory” such as nonprofits, schools and anything currently serving as public recreation or may be able to serve in the future. The survey will be made public at a future date, both online and in paper copies.

It is also important to report anything that you may be working on, may be working on or would like to see being worked on around the County. Since another plan will most likely not be done for another 10 to 20 years it is essential to reflect ideas for that amount of time.

“We want to make sure we reach out to as many people as we can,” said Wiles.

The largest part of the evaluation will be the “action plan.” It will identify what are the priorities of the County’s recreational areas, what kind of funding may be available for development and partnerships that can be of use.

During this process, updated maps will be made of Warren County that will be provided to the County for keeping.

Public meetings will be held around the County to help gather information and develop a draft plan.