Weekly Poll: Open Space, Hiking and Walking

foxborough_6x4_postcard_FRONTThe outdoors, open space and F. Gilbert Hills State Forest are some of the many reasons, people to choose to live in Foxborough. This week, the Weekly Poll is seeking your thoughts about varying approaches the Town can pursue to integrate the outdoors and open space with mobility. Click here to take the Weekly Poll.

For new subdivision development the Foxborough Planning Board requires sidewalks on both sides of the street. Purchasers of new homes have responded quite positively to sidewalks. During the Route 1 Workshop, the concept of a green buffer (open space and walking path) to protect residential areas of Foxborough from development along the Route 1 corridor was introduced and is depicted here.

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For more information on the benefits of sidewalks and walking, the American Association of Retired People (AARP) is a strong proponent of walkable neighborhoods and has summarized the benefits of sidewalks at http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/info-2014/sidewalks-fact-sheet.html. The American Trails Association also has an extensive set of articles and fact sheets on the impacts and benefits of trails at http://www.americantrails.org/resources/benefits/ for readers who wish to dig deeper.

Please encourage your friends, neighbors, family members and colleagues to take the Weekly Poll!

All responses to the Weekly Poll must be submitted by next Monday, February 9th by midnight. You can respond online at www.FoxboroReporter.com, or www.FoxboroughMasterPlan.com. Or you, can drop your response in one of the Weekly Poll boxes at Foxborough Town Hall, the Senior Center, the Boyden Library, the Foxboro Reporter, the Foxborough Planning Board office, or the Foxborough Public Safety Building at 8 Chestnut Street. You can also respond on line at www.FoxboroughMasterPlan.com. A new questions comes out every Thursday. The Weekly Poll is sponsored by the Foxborough Planning Board and the Foxboro Reporter.

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