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lCity of Holyoke Open Space and Recreation Plan

The City of Holyoke has extraordinary natural resources.  The Open Space and Recreation Plan inventories natural and recreational resources throughout the City identifies recreational opportunities and outlines strategies and actions for providing recreational opportunities and protecting natural resources throughout Holyoke.

Final 2012 Plan

The Holyoke City Council and Mayor Alex B. Morse endorsed the City’s Open Space and Recreation Plan on February 6, 2013.  This plan was developed after an intense round of public participation in the fall of 2011 – 2012.

This document can be viewed here: OSRP 2013-2018

Management Plan for Holyoke Range Administrative Unit

At a public meeting held at the Notch Visitors Center the evening of February 21, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation announced a public comment period on a draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Mount Holyoke Range Planning Unit, including Mount Holyoke Range State Park, Joseph Allen Skinner State Park, Mount Tom State Reservation, and Holyoke Heritage State Park.   The public comment period extends through March 24.

The meeting presentation and draft Resource Management Plan are posted on DCR’s website at http://www.mass.gov/dcr/news/publicmeetings/rmppast.htm.

Review copies of the Draft RMP are also available for viewing at town public libraries in Amherst, Belchertown, Easthampton, Granby, Hadley, Holyoke, and South Hadley.   Public comments should be sent by email to DCR.Updates@state.ma.us or by U. S. mail to the Office of Public Outreach, Department of Conservation and Recreation, 251 Causeway Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA  02114.   It should be noted that public comments received via email or letter will be posted in their entirety to the DCR website, and no content, including personal information, will be redacted.

Resource management planning forms the framework for managing public lands based upon a comprehensive inventory and assessment of environmental and recreational resources; an identification of the unique characteristics of a property or management unit; the development of clear management goals and objectives; and an implementation plan to guide the short- and long-term management of the parks, forests, and reservations under the stewardship of DCR.

Bike  Needs Assessment

Working with MassBike, the Mass-in-Motion Program, community leaders and the Holyoke YMCA, City officials and residents developed a strategic plan for improving biking conditions in Holyoke in 2013.  A copy of the Bike Plan is available here.

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