Mayor Christenson announced a 13 member committee to assist the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in updating the City of Malden Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) which was last updated in 2009 and covered the period of 2009-2016. The task of the group will be to determine the City’s park and recreational assets and gather feedback to help guide the City in its future actions regarding open space and recreation planning. The Committee consists of residents, city departments responsible for overseeing and maintaining parks, and representatives of organizations and community groups. The members are: City Councillor Barbara Murphy (Ward 5), Deborah A. Burke (Malden Redevelopment Authority Executive Director), who will serve as Chairperson, Prisco Tammaro (resident), Bob Knox (Director of Public Works), Brian Creamer (Walkability Committee), Steve Winslow (Bike to the Sea), Bob Rotondi (Malden Babe Ruth League), Joe Levine (Recreation Coordinator), Michelle Romero (City Planner), Marie Shea (D12 Challenger League), Brian Delacey (resident), Jason Hamelin (resident) and Andrea Antonucci (Malden Youth Soccer).
The City needs an open space and recreation plan in order to continue to qualify for grant money and programs. The plan, which will cover a seven-year period, serves as a blueprint for ensuring that current and future residents have ample opportunities for recreation and access to open space. MAPC's work will include an inventory of conservation and recreation spaces, the development of goals and objectives, and a community visioning process. The project is being administered by the Malden Redevelopment Authority. The Committee is working with MAPC to submit the draft plan to the State Department of Conservation Services for its review Fall of 2017.