Thursday night, February 5th, in Richland, the Tapteal Greenway Association held one of two "Rivers to Ridges" public workshops it is conducting in 2009. The other workshop will be held Thursday, February 12th, in Kennewick. The purpose of the workshops is to obtain public input on a long-term plan for developing a rivers to ridges open space network of the Mid-Columbia.
The Tapteal Greenway Association is a private-public partnership of government agencies and groups like the Friends of Badger Mountain, the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society, and individual citizens working together to coordinate open space planning for the Mid-Columbia Region. The Association's vision is a network of natural features, open spaces and connecting trails that complement residential and commercial development in the Mid-Columbia Region in order to:
Enhance the region's ability to attract/retain people and businesses that grow and sustain our economy
Provide easy access to increase recreational use
Preserve natural and aesthetic values that promote education and special events.
More information can be found on the Association's web site, which also includes a survey that allows individuals to express their thoughts on what the Association's priorities should be.