The first meeting will provide an overview of the planning project, and will take place at the City Park Upper Lodge on Wednesday, March 18 at 7 p.m.

The Mount Shasta Recreation and Parks District is launching a major update to its master plan. Last updated in 2003, the plan had originally focused on the City Park and Shastice Park. The current update will include those parks, but will also look at other existing and potential recreational facilities and programs elsewhere in district boundaries, said MSRPD administrator Shannon Shaw.

Those boundaries extend east-west from the Trinity Divide to near the summit of Mt. Shasta and north-south from Black Butte to Dunsmuir, encompassing 142 square miles, or 91,000 acres, Shaw said. The City of Mt. Shasta, encompassing four square miles, sits squarely in the middle of the district.

“Preparation of the master plan update will involve extensive community outreach, consisting of numerous meetings, surveys, written input, and frequent updates published on the district’s website” at www.msrec.org, said Shaw.

The first meeting will provide an overview of the planning project, and will take place at the City Park Upper Lodge on Wednesday, March 18 at 7 p.m.

Master planning will involve a partnership approach, with the district working closely with the City of Mt. Shasta, Siskiyou County, the State of California, U.S. Forest Service, and various local recreation and community services-oriented nonprofit organizations.

“Through this approach, it is hoped that a clear vision will be adopted for an expanded role of the district over the coming years, and that the various recreational and community service goals of these entities can be best coordinated,” Shaw said.

Future funding will also be a key topic of the planning process.

“Through good coordination with others and an expanded role, the district will be in a better position to more effectively fund operations and maintenance, including buildings, roads, various programs, and resolution of the transient problem and related security and fire concerns on properties overseen by the district,” Shaw said.

For more information, call the MSRPD at (530) 926-2494.