County Parks master plan survey to be online through December

       Efforts to update the El Paso County Parks master plan are continuing, with an online public survey remaining available until the end of December.
       The process, which started last May, projects a draft plan ready for review in February and a finalized plan by April, according to Elaine Kleckner of the El Paso County Community Services Department.
       She estimated that several hundred people have participated so far in small or large public meetings, in focus group encounters, through the 20-member master plan committee or by taking the survey.
       A public meeting Nov. 27 at the Bear Creek Nature Center was attended by close to 50 people. They heard an update from staff and consultants, summarizing input so far, and also had a chance to offer opinions of their own.
       A key concern is resources. “That's one thing we heard,” said Tweed Kezziah, one of the consultants, “that Parks have enough resources that everyone can do what they want.”
       No specific proposals have emerged regarding Bear Creek Regional Park or the Nature Center, the county's main parks offerings on the Westside.
       According to the master plan website, “This project is an update to the El Paso County Parks Master Plan completed in 2005.”
       The master plan website, which includes a link to the survey, can be accessed from the county parks home page, Kleckner can be reached by phone at 520-6999 or

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