Health impact group to present on Nine Springs

Scott Girard

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If you go
What: Health Impact Assessment presentation on Nine Springs
When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 23
Where: City Hall
Packet: COW_20140423_PK.pdf

A group that studied the potential health impacts of keeping Nine Springs as a golf course or following the city's park alternative plan will present its findings to the Committee of the Whole Wednesday.

The Health Impact Assessment group broke the area surrounding Nine Springs into four census blocks and studied health issues in each including obesity, social cohesion and environmental health.

The group used its findings to provide recommendations to imrprove this issues for people in the surrounding areas whether the city chooses to keep the golf course or chooses the park alternative.

If the council chooses the park alternative in May, the HIA group recommends improving community engagement through a collaborative decision-making process, providing low-cost physical activity options for the low-income population in the area and creating a central gathering area within the park, among many other recommendations.

If the area remains a golf course, the group recommends allowing community access when the golf course is not in use, such as winter or nights, and providing a similar collaborative decision-making process and low-cost physical activity options as in the park recommendations.

To read the full report, click here.

The Committee of the Whole will meet at at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 in City Hall.

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