County seek­ing in­put on fu­ture of Watkins Re­gional Park

The Enquire-Gazette - - Front Page - By JOHNATHON CLINKSCALES [email protected]­

The Mary­land-Na­tional Cap­i­tal Park and Plan­ning Com­mis­sion’s Depart­ment of Parks and Recre­ation in Prince Ge­orge’s County has asked res­i­dents through­out the re­gion to take a map-based sur­vey in an ef­fort to help de­velop a mas­ter plan and shape the fu­ture of Watkins Re­gional Park in Up­per Marl­boro.

The sur­vey, which closed as of Wed­nes­day, was in­tended to be an in­ter­ac­tive map­ping tool to al­low res­i­dents to share their on-the-ground knowl­edge of the park, as well as their ideas for how to im­prove the park’s ex­pe­ri­ence, ac­cord­ing to an in­tro­duc­tory note on the Map­tion­naire web­site.

“Usu­ally if we’re go­ing to un­der­take a ma­jor project, we like to do ei­ther com­mu­nity meet­ings or things like that to get in­put from the com­mu­nity,” said Kira Calm Lewis, me­dia re­la­tions man­ager for the parks and recre­ation depart­ment. “But this time, we’re try­ing an­other tool which is the map-based sur­vey … just to show [peo­ple] the dif­fer­ent fea­tures that are at the park, ask them how of­ten they use them, how eas­ily they felt that they were ac­ces­si­ble and what they thought the park­ing sit­u­a­tion was like around those fea­tures. The map gave us ad­di­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties to get more de­tailed feed­back

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