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  • Re-established Smyrna Parks and Recreation Committee holds first meeting

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      If you're interested in joining the Smyrna Parks and Recreation Committee, contact Mayor Joanne Masten at joannemasten@aol.com.
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      More Members Needed
      If you're interested in joining the Smyrna Parks and Recreation Committee, contact Mayor Joanne Masten at joannemasten@aol.com.
  • Residents of Smyrna could see more activities in town if the re-establishment of the town's Parks and Recreation Committee goes as planned.
    Smyrna Town Council voted in October to create a new Parks and Recreation Committee. Re-establishing the committee was a goal of Mayor Joanne Masten's when she began her term last year.
    Masten said the town needs to start providing regularly scheduled events during the nice weather months of the year.
    "We need to give back and foster a family atmosphere," Masten said. "We need to bring people downtown."
    The town previously had a Parks and Recreation Committee, but the committee disbanded to budget cuts a few years ago.
    "The programs were cut because the funding was cut in the budget," said Town Manager Dave Hugg.
    The new Parks and Recreation Committee met on Jan. 8 to get things started. Topics discussed included sporting programs, parks, and library programs. Some suggestions from committee members included fishing tournaments at Lake Como, summer concerts and more.
    Smyrna Manager of Planning & Zoning Janet Vinc provided the committee information on previous budgeting for the committee and a master plan that was completed in 2007. The Master Parks Plan includes improved recreational opportunities such as playgrounds and bike paths.
    The committee plans to meet the second Wednesday of the month at 5 p.m. at town hall.
    "I'm anxious to see what the committee comes up with," Masten said.
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