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Take survey, help plan Forest Grove's parks

NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTOS - Playgrounds and the pool are two of Forest Groves most popular Parks and Recreation offerings. The people who are about to shape the citys parks and recreation future want residents to give them feedback and ideas in an online survey.Does Forest Grove need more baseball or soccer fields? Would you like to see a trail circling the entire city? How about a community center?

Or do you think those things will cost taxpayers too much money?

Now is your chance to weigh in on these questions and help shape the future of local parks and recreation opportunities through a city survey at http://bit.ly/forestgroveparks.

It’s been 15 years since Forest Grove’s Parks and Recreation Department last updated its master plan. A lot has changed since then. The city has added new parkland, trails, sports facilities and programs. It has also added a lot of new people. So it’s time for another update.

Through the online survey, you can let parks officials know how important certain parks or activities are to you, what you use them for, what programs are still missing, what could be better, whether you’re willing to help pay for a community center and, if so, what types of spaces or activities it should include.NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTOS - Playgrounds and the pool are two of Forest Groves most popular Parks and Recreation offerings. The people who are about to shape the citys parks and recreation future want residents to give them feedback and ideas in an online survey.

Parents can make this a family activity and have each member of the household aged 12 and over fill out a separate questionnaire. Parks leaders want as many people as possible to take the survey. The more people, the better idea they’ll have of how to improve the current system.

For more information, call Parks and Recreation Director Tom Gamble at 503-992-3237.