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SARA seeks public input for updated nature-based parks plan

Nov. 2, 2012 at 6:02 a.m.


IF YOU GO:

• WHO: Goliad County

• WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Nov. 7

• WHERE: Goliad Community Center, 450 S. Market St., Goliad

• WHO: Wilson County

• WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Nov. 8

• WHERE: Beer Warehouse, 1302 S. 2nd St., Floresville

• WHO: Karnes County

• WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Nov. 14

• WHERE: Falls City Community Center, 211 West Meyer St., Falls City

• WHO: Bexar County

• WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Nov. 15

• WHERE: SARA Headquarters, 100 E Guenther St., San Antonio

San Antonio has experienced substantial growth and change during the past six years.

With it, community needs for park resources have grown and changed.

In June 2006, the San Antonio River Authority published a San Antonio River Basin Plan for Nature-Based Parks Resources to guide the development of park resources in SARA's four-county district: Bexar, Wilson, Karnes and Goliad counties.

Based on the social and economic changes to communities that have happened in the past six years, SARA is now updating the plan to include new park resources that have been developed as well as to quantify the need for parks.

During the month of November, SARA will host an open house in each of its four counties for the general public to comment and make additions to Plan for Nature Based Parks Resources.

SARA believes increased appreciation for the river and its tributaries will encourage increased preservation and conservation of our vital resources.

Nature parks are different from traditional parks because they emphasize and embrace the natural resources of the park property while minimizing human impact on nature.

In nature parks, park structures are minimal, and public use is focused to activities that promote recreation and nature study while protecting the natural ecosystem.

SARA encourages the public to participate in one of the meetings in their area.

For more information, contact Lynn Gonzales, SARA's community relations coordinator, at 210-302-3244 or lgonzales@sara-tx.org.

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