When we ask people why they love Macomb County, we are often met with a variety of answers. Sometimes it’s our great school districts. Other times it’s our quaint downtowns. But most frequently, the answer is our beautiful parks and access to natural resources. Whether you enjoy kayaking, fishing, boating, biking, hiking, running, swimming or simply getting outdoors with your family, Macomb County has it all. But at the same time, there could more. More trails, a place to camp, more water access, more open spaces – simply put, more opportunities for recreation. Which is why Macomb County Planning and Economic Development (MCPED) is working to build a new master plan for its 27 communities. The plan will establish a vision for the next five years of parks and natural resources in the county and guide future development of open spaces. All told, it’s a big initiative – one that will have a lasting impact on every individual in Macomb County.
Because of this, MCPED is seeking public input for the plan. They want to know which parks, services and facilities you currently use, what you like about them, what you don’t like about them and of course, what is still needed. I’m sure you all have thoughts and ideas that you could share. So click the link to our survey here and make your voice heard! All it takes is a few minutes.
Several weeks from now, the anonymous data from the survey will be collected and analyzed and MCPED will proceed with developing its new plan. The document will include a series of broad and comprehensive recommendations around creating places for residents and the workforce, spurring economic development, remaining engaged in environmental stewardship, managing grants and capital projects and expanding partnership opportunities. It will surely have a positive impact on Macomb County and we all look forward to how it will improve our existing parks and create new opportunities.
If you have any questions regarding the survey, master plan or parks and recreation, please leave them in the comments below. And if you’d like to see what the MCPED team is up to, visit their website or Facebook page.
Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.