2017 Open Space & Recreation Plan Update

TODAY is the Deadline to Submit Your Survey

Please take a moment to fill out the 2017 Open Space and Recreation Plan Survey HERE. This short survey is meant to better understand the importance of parks, trails, conservation areas, recreation programs and other opportunities to the Barnstable community. The information gathered will help update the Town’s Open Space and Recreation Plan. In addition to the above survey, the Town invites you to participate in one or more of the upcoming discussion sessions, designed to engage key community members and local officials in a discussion of issues relevant to the plan. Your participation and input will allow for your thoughts, concerns and priorities to be incorporated into the updated plan.

The Town of Barnstable is updating its Open Space and Recreation Plan, last adopted in 2010. The plan (view HERE) allows the community to identify and evaluate goals, challenges, opportunities and priorities for open space protection, land management, and the provision of recreational opportunities. Planning for our Town’s “green infrastructure” of water, land, forests, wildlife habitat, parks, recreation areas, and trails is important to our economic future, community identity, and quality of life.

The plan is being developed to comply with guidance from the Massachusetts Division of Conservation Services and will be submitted to that agency for approval. An approved plan is necessary for the Town to qualify for certain land acquisition financial assistance provided by the Commonwealth. It is also an important opportunity to re-assess community needs and priorities for open space protection and the provision of recreational opportunities.

Session I: Land Management: The Functions of Open Space
DATE/TIME: July 6, 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Location: Selectmen’s Conference Room, Town Hall
Topics: Management issues and challenges, working landscapes, disposition/purchase of properties, protecting ground and surface waters, resource needs.

Session II: Recreation: Fields, Facilities, Trails, Parks and Programs
DATE/TIME: July 10, 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Location: Hyannis Youth & Community Center
Topics: Highlights since 2010, planned facilities and programs, programs and partnerships, outreach to improve access for all residents, use or maintenance issues, beaches and coastal access issues.

Session III: Resource Protection: Conserving, Preserving and Restoring Open Spaces
DATE/TIME: July 27, 3:30-5:30 PM
Location: Selectmen’s Conference Room, Town Hall
Topics: Highlights since 2010, priority acquisition goals, use of creative tools for land protection, habitat protection, connectivity, climate change and resiliency, improved access for all residents, stewardship issues, resource needs.

Please email Anna at Anna.Brigham@town.barnstable.ma.us to let us know which meetings you will be able to attend.

Rushy Marsh Farm Garden Tour Benefits Cahoon Museum

Friday, August 18, 2017
(raindate Monday August 21)
The Cahoon Museum of American Art invites you to immerse yourself in a unique, one-of-a-kind two-hour walking tour of the rarely seen gardens and grounds of Rushy Marsh Farm, the spectacular private property of Frank and Monica McCourt in Cotuit. Beginning at the arched gate at the main entrance, grow your inspiration as you observe a variety of extraordinary garden features including a secret garden, a tropical plant and orchid conservancy, fruit orchards, a willow walk, organic vegetable gardens, an aquatic plant pond, and 4,000 dahlias in bloom!
Tours:   Six tours available, tour length is two hours. Tours depart by bus from Kettleers, Lowell Park parking lot at: 9:30am sold out, 10:30am, sold out 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm sold out 
Tickets:  $95, advanced purchase is required and space is limited.  Proceeds benefit the Cahoon Museum.
Volunteers:    Are you interested in volunteering as a docent at the garden tour? Please contact Committee Chair, Gail Reilly, for more information and details: gailcreilly@comcast.net.
Please contact the Museum to purchase your tickets, 508.428.7581 or cmaa@cahoonmuseum.org
This event is made possible by a Community Event Partnership with Crestwood Advisors
 
   
 

Citizen’s Police Academy

29th Session Graduates

It’s not too late to sign up for the 30th Session of the Barnstable Citizen’s Police Academy, beginning September 2017.

Learn more about this popular program and download application form HERE

Mail to: Lt. Mark Cabral
Barnstable Police Department
P.O. Box B, Hyannis, MA 02601 or drop off at Police Headquarters 1200 Phinney’s Lane Hyannis, MA 02601

Annual Kids Day

The Barnstable Police Department will be hosting it’s annual Kids Day, tomorrow Wednesday August 9th from 10-2, Barnstable High School, 744 W. Main St., Hyannis.

Come enjoy a FREE day of food, fun, and demonstrations.  There will be a parade at 10 followed by demonstrations and static displays from the participating departments. This event is FREE for all who attend. Come out and enjoy a hot dog, ice cream, and soda from local vendors. Enter to win a free bicycle. The first 600 Kids receive a free Kids Day gift so don’t be late!