Open Space Program

Open Space Program

Q:  What is the Open Space Program?

A:  The Open Space Program includes environmental planning, natural resource management including lake management, capital improvements to parklands, grant writing and grant project management, bicycle trail planning, and development of environmental education materials.


Q:  Where can I find a map of parks and conservation land in Pittsfield?

A:  Please refer to the List of Parks, Schools & Conservation Areas section of the Department of Community Development’s webpages.


Q:  Where can I find a map of the Barker Road Conservation Land?

A:  Please refer to the Barker Road Conservation Area Map section of the Department of Community Development’s webpages.


Q:  What is the Open Space and Recreation Plan?

A:  This Open Space and Recreation Plan demonstrates the City of Pittsfield’s desire to preserve, maintain, and restore its cherished natural resources through thoughtful planning and active stewardship.  Without planning, the appearance of a community, the condition of its natural resources, and the quality of life experienced by its residents can be dramatically altered through changes in land use.  Through planning communities assess where they are, where they would like to go and how to get there.  It is important that communities plan to protect important open space and recreational facilities and encourage compatible growth in the future.

While Pittsfield values its open spaces, the City recognizes the challenges of commercial, industrial and residential development.  The quality of life for all of Pittsfield’s residents is greatly enriched by the quality of the open space in the City, whether the space can be enjoyed for recreational activity or conserved to protect wildlife habitat and sensitive natural resources.  Please refer to the Open Space & Park Planning section of the Department of Community Development’s webpages for more information.


Q:  How do I request use of one of the City’s parks?

A:  The application process ensures that all City departments involved in special event permitting have an opportunity to review the event and provide guidance on additional permits and licenses that may be needed. Applications are available from either the Licensing Board Clerk or the Recreation Activities Coordinator.  Their offices are located in City Hall at 70 Allen Street.  Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.   Please come in person so that the application can be reviewed with you.  Please refer to the Requesting Permission for Use of Pittsfield Public Parks section of the Department of Community Development’s webpages for more information.


Q:  Where can I find information about the City’s Greenway Planning?

A:  The City of Pittsfield, in partnership with the MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, has completed an Urban River Visions Plan for the Westside Riverway which explores ways to reconnect our community with the West Branch of the Housatonic River.  Please refer to the Greenway Planning section of the Department of Community Development’s webpages for more information.


Q:  What is the Urban Forestry Program?

A:  An urban forest provides great value in many different ways, such as increased property values, savings from decreased heating and cooling costs, reduction of air pollution, and erosion control. Pittsfield's urban forestry programs highlights:

  • The City of Pittsfield has received the 'Tree City USA' award from the National Arbor Day Foundation since 2005.
  • The city is collaborating with Pittsfield Tree Watch to inventory the city’s urban forest and will work with the State urban foresters to develop a long range plan for its protection.
  • The city regularly plants trees as a part of the neighborhood re-development programs.

Please refer to the Urban Forestry section of the Department of Community Development’s webpages for more information.


Q:  What is the Pittsfield Tree Watch?

A:  Pittsfield Tree Watch is a volunteer group that organized to promote beauty in the City of Pittsfield and enhance its environment.  Join us and help our organization provide trees for city streets.  We accept donations.  For more information, please call (413) 443-7942.


Q:  What is the Hebert Arboretum?

A:  The Hebert Arboretum is a living tree library located within one of Pittsfield's premier city resources, Springside Park.  Encompassing 231 acres within the city, the park is a unique sanctuary for plant and animal life.  For more information, please visit the website (link above) or call (413) 443-5348.


Q:  What is the Asian Long-Horned Beetle?

A:  The Asian Long-Horned Beetle is an invasive species that poses a significant threat to Pittsfield and Berkshire County. Found as close as Worcester, this beetle is devastating to our trees. If you see one of these beetles REPORT IT IMMEDIATELY!

CLICK HERE for more information on The Asian Long-Horned Beetle and learn how to prevent the destruction of our trees.


 

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