City forming parks and trails panel; applications due Oct. 31

Oct 24, 2013 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The committee will help create a master plan for Riverton's parks and trails system.

City of Riverton staff say they're looking for "enthusiastic community members with diverse interests" to help create a parks and trails master plan for the city.

Letters from individuals interested in improving Riverton's parks and trails must be submitted to Mayor Ron Warpness at Riverton City Hall, 816 N. Federal Blvd., before 5 p.m. next Thursday, Oct. 31.

Responsibilities outlined by the city's memo included an inventory project of existing parks.

The committee also would participate in public input forums and consider social media to encourage and receive ideas and concerns from residents.

"A lot of it is going to be on how much public participation it's going to have," city administrator Steven Weaver said.

"It's a great opportunity for anyone to get involved."

After determining the needs of the community, the committee would develop a schedule for plans and then establish funding opportunities such as grants or fundraisers.

"It's not just a small task," Weaver said. "They have to have a desire and knowledge."

Weaver said the city council also may recommend members for the committee. With their input, the mayor will select the members.

"With the mayor's perspective, we can get a well-rounded committee," Weaver said, adding that the city hopes to have members with credibility, who often participate in recreational activities, and who can bring forward a realistic view.

"It's really a great opportunity to plan for the future," Weaver said.

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