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KERNSVILLE, N.C. — Kernersville is working on updating its master plan for its parks and recreation facilities, and the community has told city staff that more walking and bike paths are a high priority.

Staff members of the Kernersville Parks and Recreation Department detailed plans for each of the city’s six parks and asked for feedback at a recent forum at the Kernersville Community Recreation Center on Bodenhamer Street.

“Every 10 years, we create a master plan to see the scope of what people want to see happen with parks and recreation,” said Heather Wood, the marketing and community relations specialist for the department.

The plan gives the department a blueprint for growth, incorporates community members’ wishes and helps with grant proposals, said Ernie Pages, department director. Funding, he said, is always a concern, with most grants contingent on updated plans.

For several weeks, the department has met with focus groups such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, school PTA groups and nonprofit organizations.

Surveys were collected, and information to create a 2012 plan was gathered. The open house was one last opportunity for residents who did not attend a focus group to share their opinions.

This article was written by Monica Young and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.