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Input needed for parks, recreation

How often do you use the parks in Claiborne County?

That is one of several questions officials are seeking answers to in a survey of the county’s adult citizens.

”Claiborne County is developing a long-range plan for parks and recreation and we need your help,” said Tammy Hopper, grant administrator and economic and community development director for the county. “Everyone’s input is critical in helping us meet the needs of our growing community … We ask that you please take a few moments of your time to provide us with your opinions on recreation programs and facilities in Claiborne County.”

The county and cities within it are committed to improving the quality of life for the residents, she said, and they feel recreation programs and facilities are an important part of their long-range plans.

Questions on the survey include the frequency you use park facilities in Cumberland Gap, the Cumberland Gap Kaitlyn DeVries Memorial Park, Berkau Park, Harrogate City Park, New Tazewell’s C.W. Gose Park, Tazewell Municipal Park, Rose Park and Cardwell Park. It also asks for recommendations and input.

“We want to find out how many people are using our parks and recreation facilities, what is most visited, whether walking trails are being used and other information,” Hopper said.

Citizens must be 18 years of age or older to respond to the survey, and officials ask that only one survey per household is completed and submitted. The survey will remain open until Oct. 30.

Claiborne County and its municipal partners will also be holding a series of two public meetings in the coming months to gain further community input. The first meeting is currently scheduled for Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Claiborne County Courthouse; the second meeting is currently scheduled for Nov. 14 at noon at Harrogate City Hall.

The survey is available online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Claiborne2017. If you have any questions, call 423-626-5236.