Delaware County Green Space Task Force

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Board Opening: Delaware County Green Space Task Force
Openings: 11 Vacancies
Closing Date: February 8, 2021

Delaware County Green Space Task Force

The County of Delaware is seeking forward thinking, action-oriented, outdoor-loving residents interested in serving on Delco’s new Green Space Task Force. This group will be empowered to develop a meaningful vision, mission, and implementation steps to influence a culture of appreciation for the conservation and use of natural lands throughout the County.

County Council and the Delaware County Planning Department are leading the effort to form a dynamic, diverse, and innovative Green Space Task Force to help us achieve an epic green space, trails, recreation and grants program to serve the people of Delaware County, today and through future generations. The Task Force will include leaders, influencers, and motivated individuals in the arena of green space preservation, natural lands conservation, parks and recreation management, fundraising, economics, business, health, communications, and community organizing. We welcome all to apply whether experienced in serving on public boards previously or not. A mix of experience and fresh eyes would be valuable for this task force.

The following is a general outline of County Council’s charges for the Task Force, under the supervision of County Council, County Planning staff, and our consultant, Toole Recreation Planning:

Assist the County in developing an overall framework to guide County Green Space, Park, and Recreation infrastructure that recognizes the unique needs of the County.

Review the Program Guidelines for the Delco Green Ways municipal Green Space and recreation grant program. Work on improving the program for future rounds.

Clarify the County’s role in providing Green Space and Recreation services. Asses the County’s current capacity for fulfilling this role, and ways that it can improve.

Review the 2015 Delaware County Green Space Recreation, and Greenway Plan (OSRGP) and its action plans. Assess the progress of its implementation.

Review the 2018 OSRGP Green Space Task Force Recommended Implementation Strategy, which led to the $10 million bond for funding the current Green Space program and municipal grant program. Make a recommendation for a renewed strategy for County Green Space Program funding to further address the goals of the OSRGP.

Help pool corporate, philanthropic, and donor support and advocacy to help support the County Green Space Program.

Review the Delaware County Transition Working Group Report on Natural Resources, Parks, and Green Space Subcommittees.

Assist in the Return on Environment (ROE) – Economic Value of Green Space report being developed for Delaware County by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Members of the Green Space Task Force will also serve on the Advisory Committee for the Delaware County ROE project.

Task Force meetings will be monthly on weekdays in the mid to late afternoon or in the evening. You can then volunteer for as much time commitment as practical for you for other opportunities that will arise on this task force. We welcome your application –– and please spread the word! #DelcoGreenSpace

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