NW Park district calls on community to serve

Published on Thu, Jun 12, 2008 by Jack Kintner

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NW Park district calls on community to serve

By Jack Kintner

The Northwest Park and Recreation District #2 (NWPRD) introduced its new office manager, Linda Roorda, at its regular board meeting Tuesday night and issued a call for people to serve on a steering committee to help design a master plan.

According to board chairman Ted Morris, a master plan must be developed by the district in order to secure grants from federal, state and private sources. Consultant Sean Hawes of PK Consulting said that generating the district’s master plan through a steering committee helps determine that the money the district now has is spent the way the community wants it spent.

“The role of the steering committee is to help design the master plan in a way that gets maximum input from the community,” Hawes said, “so we’re looking for people interested in parks and recreation who want to help give the district a road map as to how to proceed.”

The steering committee will be responsible for recruiting as wide a community base as possible, “everyone who could possibly have an interest in what the district, with its resources, can help make happen,” said commissioner Terry Johnston. He ticked off a laundry list of local agencies and groups that have an interest in recreation, saying that he’d rather have duplication than leave anyone out.

Hawes pointed out that the recruiting role of the steering committee is essential. “In Ferndale we had a 150 or more people involved,” he said, “which helped broaden the base of decisions about what ended up happening with their parks project.”

As an example of the kind of support and cooperation the master plan will outline, the board voted to investigate creating an inter-local agreement with Drayton Harbor Maritime after hearing about its sailing classes, scheduled to begin Sunday, June 15.
Morris said that if anyone wants to help set the basic agenda for the district to step forward.

“We need as wide and representative a group as we can get,’ he said. For more information, interested parties can contact the district at nwprd2@hotmail.com, go to www.nwparkandrec.org or by mail to Northwest Park and Recreation District #2, P.O. Box 68, Blaine, WA 98231. The office does not yet have a telephone.