Recreation Planning Projects Print

Following is a list of ongoing planning that are either coordinated or supported by Haywood County Recreation and Parks:

Haywood County Comprehensive System-wide Parks and Recreation Master Plan

The County and the municipalities of Waynesville, Canton, Clyde and Maggie Valley joined together to fund and develop a joint Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan for Haywood County. The creation of this master plan was indeed a bold and forward thinking step that most communities do not take. Too many times municipalities within a county and the county itself plan separately for the provision of recreation facilities in an entire county. The approach taken by this study will result in the streamlined provision of recreation facilities and services to residents across the county by avoiding duplication and reducing costs. The Plan was completed and adopted by the Board of Commissioners in 2007.

Haywood County Comprehensive Bicycle Plan

BicycleHaywoodNC, a local cycling advocacy group, spearheaded fundraising to hire a consultant to create a bicycle master plan and continues to coordinate the effort. Group leaders secured $8,000 from the WNC Community Foundation, $40,000 in regional transportation funds as well as $3,485 in support from local businesses and individuals to help finance the planning effort.

Once again, a collaborative approach from a unified, county-wide community vision, rather than attempting four or five fragmented plans was successful. This has especially proven a positive decision in light of the French Broad Metropolitan Planning Organization regional bicycle plan now underway. The Haywood County plan is well ahead of the regional plan and has helped to develop an infrastructure that will assist in the regional plan. Additionally, by taking a whole community approach, consensus was built across multi-political boundaries. The Plan was completed and adopted by the Board of Commissioners in November 2011. The Town of Waynesville Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to endorse the plan as well as letters of full support received from the Town of Clyde, Healthy Haywood, and the Haywood County Economic Development Commission.

The Haywood County Bicycle Plan recently recived an Honorable Mention in the 2012 Transportation Planning Excellence Awards sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration. For information on the award, click here.