Future plans of Cox Arboretum focus of forums today

The future of Cox Arboretum will be the focus of two sessions today and tonight.

A master plan for the Miami Twp. site will be the subject of meetings from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Metropark on 6733 Springboro Pike.

It is among the 10-year plans Five Rivers MetroParks has developed for several parks and conservation areas. These plans were developed based on the feedback received from the public and other stakeholders involved in the planning process, according to Metroparks officials.

Several comments that Metroparks officials said they heard consistently have been incorporated in each of the plans.

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They include :

•Continue to provide the community with high-quality clean, safe and well-maintained facilities.

•Provide opportunities to connect to nature by offering trails that meet the needs of a variety of ages, interests, and abilities.

•Improve the regional multi-use trail system to link neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces to the MetroParks.

•Continue to improve youth and family-based recreation by providing quality picnic facilities and nature playgrounds.

•Continue conservation efforts that protect open space restore and improve natural habitats throughout the Miami Valley.

•Provide top quality birding and wildlife observation opportunities by providing access to a variety of high quality habitats.

•Improve facilities that support outdoor recreation such as fishing, birdwatching, paddling, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

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