Parks Summit

Officials from Hood River County and City, and Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District met Feb. 28 at Hood River Fire and EMS community room in the first such inter-agency meeting in recent memory, to discuss the HRVPRD draft “Multi-Jurisdicional Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan.” Also at the table were Hood River County School District Board Chairman Chrissy Reitz and Port of Hood River Executive Director Michael McElwee, as well as about 50 members of the public. Consultant Steve Duh, standing at right, presented the plan, which took into account stakeholder interviews and survey data involving 1,400 citizens over the past year. The plan looks at priorities and possibilities for expanding parks and recreation programs and facilities. Officials from HRVPRD, city and county expressed optimism that the draft plan can lay the groundwork for future coordination among all jurisdictions. Next step is for the three main agencies to review the document in detail, recommend priorities and appoint two members each to a tripartite subcommittee to determine next steps.

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