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Priorities identified through survey instruments and committee feedback include Cultural Trips and Events, After School Programs, Teen Activities, Sports Tournaments, Girls Lacrosse Program, and Senior Activities.  The committee discussed the ongoing difficulty in addressing the needs of our “teen” population as well as the increasing popularity of youth sports for both boys and girls.

Passive Recreation Development Priorities

Priorities identified through survey instruments and committee feedback include Utilization of the Geiser Property, ATV trails, Fitness Trail, Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Study, Boating, Hiking Trails, Cross Country Skiing Paths, Sledding Hill, Frisbee Golf Course, Large “Class” Park, Bicycle Trails, and a Scenic Walk Along South Side of Wagner Farm.  The committee members identified the importance of developing a “community” park that is centrally located in the community as well as making use of some existing facilities/properties that currently do not serve members of the community.  The committee also discussed the need to continue the improvement of the various open space and trail sites via signage and general maintenance.  Another area discussed at length was the need for ongoing additional improvements and amenities made to already existing parks and open space.

Facility and Field Development Priorities

Priorities identified through survey instruments and committee feedback include Multi-Purpose Fields, a Softball Field, Track, Senior Center, Community Center w/gymnasium, Skateboard Park, Roller Hockey Rink, Outdoor Volleyball Courts, Basketball Court, Ice Skating Rink, YMCA Complex, and a Driving Range/Putting Green.  The committee members identified a lack of multi-purpose and ball fields to accommodate the increasing youth sports population as well as a strong interest in contacting YMCA officials to discuss a YMCA complex in the community.  Several committee members suggested that such a complex would address many of the needs identified in the current master plan.

Conclusion

The main goal of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan Committee and this document is to identify the “state of the union” for Warren Township’s leisure-service delivery system.  A second important goal is to make key decision-makers aware of the current parks and recreation needs of our community so that collectively, action can be taken to address these needs.  Although specific needs were identified and placed in a priority order, the committee realizes that the plan is a “work in progress” that may need to be updated and revised according to changing trends and other factors.  The committee would like to thank in advance the Planning Board and Township Committee for reviewing this plan as they move forward in developing the Township’s Master Plan.

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