The Williamstown Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee recently heard about some of the free recreational offerings that already exist in town and some of the data it already collected about ways to improve such opportunities Monday.  reports the committee is charged with gathering input from residents and organizations and compiling a list of recommendations to report back to the Select Board, which created the ad hoc committee earlier this year.
To date, the advisory panel has heard from groups like the Williamstown Youth Center, Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, the Williams Outing Club and youth sports leagues.
The committee also has created a brief survey that it has circulated at town events, like the weekly Farmers Market on Spring Street, and made available on the town's website.
In the initial weeks, the survey had 138 responses, the committee were told. Sixty-four percent of the respondents identified as full-time Williamstown residents with the next largest group, 17 percent, coming from nearby communities.
The top five activities among that group included: walking/running outside, biking, hiking, yoga and swimming.

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