It has been a while since our last update. Hopefully everyone is holding up well after all this snow. It would be nice if there was a recreation center in town that would allow us to get out of the house, get some exercise and connect with fellow residents.
Over the last few months an RFP for creating the town’s next recreation master plan went out. In January, the Parks and Recreation Commission reviewed proposals and selected a firm to produce the plan. The Board of Selectmen voted to support the Parks and Recreation Commission’s selection at their meeting on Feb 10th. The contract for the master plan work should be awarded by the end of this month and starting in March the Parks and Recreation Commission will be meeting with the firm to set up a timeline for implementation.
Included in the many steps that will go into creating the master plan will be a few public meetings. These will be critical opportunities for residents to voice their support for a recreation center. The next goal of the Westford Friends of Recreation will be to help advertise these public meetings and we will depend upon those of you who have been eager to support the rec center campaign to help get the word out to friends and neighbors. As soon as we know what the dates will be for the public input meetings will we’ll let you know.
For those of you who might be willing to go above and beyond here are a few opportunities for you to do so:
1) The Westford Friends of Recreation is looking for 1-2 additional board members. Typically this will involve 1 meeting per month as well as participation in outreach events and some project work. Your time commitment can be as large or small as you like. Having marketing, advertising, fund raising or legal experience is a plus, but anyone who is eager to help with improving recreational opportunities in Westford would be welcome. If interested, please fill out the WFOR volunteer form: http://www.westfordfriendsofrecreation.org/volunteer
2) Parks and Recreation Commission opening. The Town is looking for a candidate to serve as an alternate board member. Typically there is 1 board meeting a month (usually none during the summer) and the work required outside the board meeting is manageable. This is a great opportunity to serve your community. If you have any interest in this position please fill out a Citizen Activity Form at https://data.westfordma.gov/bc/newcaf.php
3) WFOR special project help. We need to send out a town wide mailing and are seeking help with the design of the mailing. If you are good with graphic design, marketing, advertising, etc and would like to help us design the mailing we would love to hear from you. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.