Come be part of the plan
Barnes Butte Recreation Area master plan work is under way and the public is invited to visit the property and participate in the process.
Two different public events are scheduled later this month where people can go up to the city of Prineville-owned property, take a tour of the roughly 460 acres of land and provide input on how they would like to see the space used.
Casey Kaiser explained that on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-27, several landscape architect teams will be on site to meet with the public, take input and offer feedback on how to accommodate community priorities.
"It's a way to create some conceptual designs of some of the features and things that will go up there," Kaiser said. "They (the architects) work with your volunteers, city staff and parks staff to bring what the community wants to see out there to life in drawings and things like that."Some of the priorities shared by local residents have been compiled after conducting a community survey. From that, city leaders learned that people want to maintain the natural look of the area while adding different rails for hiking and biking. Another common idea was to add a barbecue and picnic area somewhere on site, while other expressed interest in adding different surfaces to an old horse race track remnant.
"When these teams (of architects) get together, they will have that survey data and then the input from the public event," Kaiser said. "They will make recommendations on where trails should go, where kiosks should be located and where benches should be. It will be really interesting to see what creative ideas come out of it."
The first public event will be held early Friday evening at the recreation area parking lot, north of Barnes Butte Elementary. Visitors can enjoy barbecued burgers and hot dogs and guided wagon tours are intended to familiarize people with the property and what it has to offer.
Another public event scheduled the next day will not feature the food and tours but the architect teams will be on hand to interact with visitors.
"It is an opportunity for them to get more feedback about what kinds of things people want to see up there or what ideas people might have on how to develop it," Kaiser said.
The two sessions are just part of a lengthier process of creating a master plan, which will set forth what is going to be developed on the Barnes Butte Recreation Area through the foreseeable future. Kaiser said it is intended to guide the city and community on how to direct resources to construct items.
Following the public sessions next week, the next phase of the process will include developing some cost estimates for some of the suggested improvements. Then master plan leaders will prioritize the potential projects, then finalize and complete the master plan.
The city of Prineville is hosting two public sessions at the Barnes Butte Recreation Area. Both will be held at the parking lot for the property, north of Barnes Butte Elementary at the end of the dirt road that extends north from Combs Flat Road. The first session, which features free burgers and hot dogs as well as wagon rides on the property, will take place on Friday, Sept. 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The second event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 4-6 p.m.
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