Open Space & Fields Committee

Meetings

  • 5:30 pm
  • 3rd Wednesday of each month
  • Middletown Fire Department Community Room
  • To see who's on the Open Space & Fields Committee, visit Open Space & Fields Committee online.
  • To submit an application to join the committee, visit Volunteer online. Just a reminder that you must be a registered Middletown voter to submit your name for consideration for this committee.

Meeting will occasionally be conducted at different locations and times. They will be posted as such.

Mission & Goals

The Open Space and Fields Committee works to advise the Town Council on matters concerning acquisition, management, preservation, and improvement of town parks, open space and fields for the enhancement of the quality of life of its citizens.

Identification

  • Conduct ongoing needs analysis for all recreation districts
  • Identify and prioritize public and private open space parcels, parks, and recreational fields for future acquisition
  • List, describe, determine deed restrictions, and define usage of all public and private open space parcels, parks and recreational fields belonging to or in trust to the town

Preservation & Maintenance

  • Preserve environmentally sensitive areas, areas of intrinsic natural beauty, fresh and saltwater marshes, estuaries and adjoining uplands, watershed areas, rights of public access, and recreational land and facilities
  • Establish public procedures for timely repair, maintenance, and prioritized improvements for all open space parcels, parks and recreational fields on an annual basis

Funding Sources

  • Draft grants and develop alternative revenue streams that would contribute to our mission
  • Participate in local and state bond referendums that advance our mission

Collaboration

  • Establish partnerships and collaborate with other communities; local, state and federal agencies; businesses; and organizations that share our mission
  • Network with other town boards and committees with similar responsibilities

Education & Advocacy

  • Advocate passage of local, state and federal legislative initiatives that will contribute to our mission
  • Educate the public about the benefits of open space and advocate the conservation of agricultural lands
  • Recommend incorporating open space, recreational fields and parks in planned developments