STRASBURG — The Strasburg Town Council’s recreation, parks and trails committee met Tuesday to discuss the town’s forthcoming master park plan and to receive an update on the town’s community garden.
During the meeting, Nick Livesay, a conservation specialist for the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District, spoke about the conservation district’s plans to transition out of fully managing the garden. Staff at the soil and water conservation district were managing the garden out of a grant that expires at the end of the year.
Livesay said that the district hopes to hire a college student to work part-time on the project. He plans on having interviews for that position in January.
The student would work largely in a management role, Livesay said, making sure gardeners follow the community garden rules, answering visitors’ and gardeners’ questions and doing some maintenance work like mowing the grass.
“It’s not going to be an eight-hour-a-day, five-days-a-week job; it’s going to be something that could happen two to three days a week for someone being in there,” Livesay said.
Livesay said that the soil and water conservation district would provide some support for the student, including creating a garden manual that will serve as a reference for the student.
“We’ll be there to answer [questions the student has], but this will be something so we’re not just kicking them into the deep end with no floaties on their arms,” Livesay said.
In addition, the recreation, parks and trails committee members voted unanimously to allow the soil and water conservation district to put a small shed in the community garden. The shed would be a year-long fixture in the garden but would be placed on a block so it could easily be moved if needed.
Recreation, parks and trails committee members also received an update about the town’s potential master park plan, which would assess the town’s recreational amenities. Michelle Bixler, the town’s economic development and marketing manager, wrote a rough draft containing the scope of the potential plan.
The town intends to discuss the scope with potential consultants.
Bixler’s draft includes a note prioritizing research into a potential spot for a skate park in the town park. The Town Council has expressed support for allowing the skate park in the town park, but it is not yet clear where it would be located or how large it would be.
Correction: The article "Strasburg recreation committee discusses park plan, garden" in Thursday's paper should have stated that the Strasburg Town Council expressed support for allowing a skate park in the town's park, not that they expressed support for funding the park.