The Town of Mammoth Lakes is in the process of developing a comprehensive recreation implementation plan and is seeking public input.
The plan, called RECSTRATS, is a process designed to define, “a vision for recreation in Mammoth Lakes and a strategic plan for its implementation.” It is also expected to identify opportunities that might be realized by formalizing the Town’s relationship with the Inyo National Forest.
In November 2010 the Mammoth Lakes Town Council unanimously approved the plan and subsequently appointed a team of consultants to develop the process.
Last week an introductory workshop was held on Wednesday, March 2nd which was followed the next day by the first of seven workshops each one aimed at one of the seven core strategies identified in RECSTRATS.
Stuart Brown, Recreation Manager for the Town of Mammoth Lakes says this is a “big deal”. He says, RECSTRATS is a collaborative effort to make Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding Inyo National Forest the best alpine recreation community in the country.
At these workshops it is expected that together with public input the group can categorize and link the identified needs and opportunities and provide the framework for defining funding options for implementation.
The first topic-specific workshop last week covered Municipal Sport and Programs and during the next three months six more topics will be discussed in detail.
The seven topics that form the framework of the RECSTRATS process are:
1. Highest-Quality Winter Recreation Activities:To provide the highest quality and variety of winter recreation activities for both local residents and visitors.
2. Highest-Quality Non-Winter Recreation Activities:To provide the highest quality and variety of non-winter recreation activities for both local residents and visitors.
3. Municipal Sports and Recreation:To provide local residents with high-quality recreation facilities and diverse programming that can lead to an improved quality of life.
4. Trails:To develop, maintain and program the highest-quality integrated trail system.
5. Special Events:To provide infrastructure, logistics and facilitation support for regional recreation-based special events.
6. High-Altitude Training:To develop the Mammoth Lakes region as one of the premier high-altitude summer and winter sports training centers.
7. Art & Culture:To provide infrastructure, logistics and facilitation support for regional arts and culture.
“The core strategies are not stand-alone silos, but rather they integrate and link with one another. For example, if you are a world-class athlete, your interest and passion can be found in the High Altitude Training, Trails and Non-Winter Recreation Activities,” says Brown.
The public is invited to participate in the process by attending the workshops and completing a comment form. To see the full schedule of workshops and complete the comment form online log on to www.recstrats.com.