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Jackson County seeks pubic opinions for recreation projects

The Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting public meetings and has created a website for people to learn more and give input into the Countywide Pedestrian Plan.  Jackson County has been working with Traffic Planning and Design, Inc(TPD), which is a civil engineering company with offices in Asheville.  

Jackson County is one of only two counties in North Carolina to have a County Wide Pedestrian Plan.  The goal of the project is to not only increase the walkability of the county but also allow more opportunities for the funding of projects.  According to TPD, having a project preplanned with cost analysis already performed will help secure funds when the time comes for implementation.

The project managers have analyzed various projects and narrowed the list to 67 possible projects.  They have created a website for the public to use, so they can rank projects.  Those final rankings will be used, along with other metrics, to determine which project will have priority.  

The projects are divided into various groups by region to ensure project priorities are spread around the county, instead of clustered to one area.  TPD explained that none of these projects are currently being funded, and the survey is just the first step in the planning process.  

The website allows users to view detail about each of the projects, then rank them and include comments they may have about each project.  TPD is planning a final public input meeting to discuss this survey on Friday, March 19th from 10 to 11 AM.  Those interested can join the Webex meeting or watch the Facebook Live via the Jackson County Recreation and Parks Facebook page.

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