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Recreation fields and open spaces for Shirley in the coming years?

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SHIRLEY — Next Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m., Shirley residents interested in playing fields, parks, open spaces, trails, accessibility to the outdoors, forestry, conservation land, wildlife, water, and outdoor recreation opportunities are invited to a meeting with the Shirley Conservation Commission and the Open Space committee on the second floor of the Town Office building.

We will be looking at a draft Open Space and Recreation Plan that will be undergoing revisions in the next few months, and feedback from the public is key. How much open space does the town want or need, and where should it be? Have the town’s priorities for recreation fields changed since the last plan was drafted? Should private property owners be encouraged to protect forest land, wildlife habitat, water supply sources? Does Shirley want to encourage agriculture, and if so, what kinds? How important is conservation land to Shirley today and for the coming years? What needs to be done to meet Shirley’s goals for open space and recreation land?

If you have thoughts on these and similar questions, please come and contribute to the discussion. If you cannot make it, feel free to email your thoughts to the Conservation Commission (Conservation@shirley-ma.gov). And, if you would like to help with revising the Open Space and Recreation Plan, please let us know.

The draft plan is available on the town website at http://www.shirley-ma.gov/Pages/ShirleyMA_ConCom/index.

We hope to see you on the 18th.