The project is being led by Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation, and was funded by a 10-Minute Walk Grant from the Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Parks Association, and Urban Land Institute and with support from The JPB Foundation.
Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation hired Omnes to facilitate the planning process. They are a landscape architecture, planning, and art studio based in Easton, Pennsylvania that has experience in multiple scales of public engagement and master planning.
The project is being led by a Steering Committee that includes:
Latonia Bell, Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation Board
Stephen Berry, Clark County GIS Coordinator; Chairman, Walk Bike Clark County
Debbie Fatkin, Clark County Community Services; Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation Board Chair
Jennifer Gulley, Coordinator, MAPP Partnership; Coordinator, CC Community Health Improvement Planning
Deborah Jackson, Executive Director, Legacy Greenscapes
Beth Jones, Program Officer, The Greater Clark Foundation; BPAC; Member, Alliance for Local Food Access (ALFA)
Jeff Lewis, Director, Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation
Deatra Newell, Winchester Resident and Community Organizer
Omnes organized a series of focus groups that met in early 2021, providing the planning team with candid feedback, big ideas, and input on how parks and recreational assets in the City and County could be improved. These groups included:
Art, Culture & Heritage
Parks, Nature and Conservation
Education & Youth
Living & Working in Winchester
In May 2021, BLOOM Winchester launched a public community survey to gain feedback on the master planning process and how residents/workers feel about public spaces. The survey is now live, and we encourage you to contribute some of your big ideas!