Salem Open Space and Recreation Advisory Group

Residents invited to apply by June 7th deadline

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The City of Salem is seeking applicants to the advisory group for its forthcoming Open Space & Recreation (OSRP) planning process to begin in late-spring / early-summer 2022 and conclude in early 2023. The Open Space & Recreation Plan process will build upon recent City of Salem planning initiatives.

The OSRP community planning process is a way for the City and community members to identify community needs and desires on a variety of open space and recreation topics. Completing an OSRP plan approved by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation Services can also qualify communities for potential state grants for physical investments and improvements into parks.  

The City has hired the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to lead the OSRP process. The process will include informational presentations and community input exercises in order to elicit and quantify community input, discern consensus goals, and make recommendations to the Salem community based both on community input as well as professional community planning best practices and analyses.  

The commitment is for:

    • attending and participating in
      • group meetings throughout 2022 and early 2023 every other month or so (the dates and times are to be determined together via email communications);
      • public workshops (that may potentially be a combination of either physical or virtual meetings);  
    • providing feedback about the process and public forums, as well as on helping draft potential online survey questions for the community-at-large to take;
    • getting the word out about the Salem OSRP 2029 process, public workshops and the online surveys;
    • providing ideas and feedback for potential presentation content, preliminary goals, draft survey questions, and draft plan report in early/mid 2023.

Please email your nominations to and include the following information:

  1. Name, address, phone number, and email address of nominee.
  2. A brief explanation of how the nominee engages or wishes to engage in Salem’s Park & Recreation facilities or programming.
  3. A concise summary of the nominee’s interest in serving on the advisory group.
  4. Any further information that may support the City in its selection of advisory group members.


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