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Martinsville seeking residents’ input for parks improvement plan

MARTINSVILLE, VA – If you were given $500,000 to enhance parks in Martinsville, what improvements would you prioritize?

That’s the question the City of Martinsville is asking as it plans to improve its public parks and is seeking input from residents.

With a commitment to deliver major park upgrades, the city allocated $500,000 from the American Rescue Plan Act in 2022 for park upgrades.

Partnering with the West Piedmont Planning District Commission, the city says it secured a $40,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Office, supplemented by a $10,000 local match, to initiate the parks improvement plan.

Collaborating with landscape architecture firm Site Collaborative and River District Consulting Group, the city says it hopes to combine their expertise alongside resident input to shape the future of the parks.

Public park surveys and assessments will be conducted, as well as community meetings in different voting districts.

"Residents' insights are a crucial part of this project," stated Mayor L.C. Jones. "We invite everyone to participate and contribute to our shared vision."

Residents are encouraged to attend the following meetings:

  • Thursday, August 24 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Southside Park picnic shelter, 1224 Ranson Road, Martinsville

  • Tuesday, August 29 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, 21 Starling Avenue, Martinsville

  • Thursday, August 31 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Baldwin Park, 500 Swanson Street, Martinsville

  • Thursday, September 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Chatham Heights Park, 800 Garden Lane, Martinsville

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