Brochure to Highlight Lunenburg Fun
By Mina Corpuz
LUNENBURG -- Residents and visitors will soon be able to learn about places of interest, activities, events going on in town through a brochure and map expected to be complete by the end of the year.
The town is working with the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission and Lunenburg Business Association on a brochure that will promote Lunenburg by highlighting historical, cultural, and recreational areas to visit and public events.
“A lot of towns struggle with how to attract visitors and how to get people in to spend money in town,” said Karen Chapman, a principal planner for the MRPC who is working on the brochure.
Chapman has been compiling a list of parks, conservation land, and other local interests. The brochure is meant to be for residents and for visitors, she said.
To help develop it, the organizers released a survey at the end of September to hear from the public. It is available on the town’s website and has been shared on Facebook.
The survey asks groups if they would like to be included in the brochure and if they host any community events. For farms, it asks if they have a physical store or one online, if they host events, and whether they participate in farmer’s markets.
Respondents can also provide their own feedback about the type of events and festivals they would like to see in town and recommendations for marketing Lunenburg.
Chapman said the survey will remain open for about three more weeks.
The business association is working on its own brochure highlighting the more than 400 businesses in Lunenburg, she said.
She hopes that the brochure MRPC is working on can be released around the same time as the business association’s.
The effort to create a brochure has been in the works for at least a year. The idea to make one was a recommendation from the Business-Town partnership MRPC helped form, Chapman said.
A state grant fund for planning is MRPC’s funding source to develop and produce the brochure, Chapman said. As a result, there is no cost to the town, she said.
Each calendar year, the commission typically completes about 10 planning projects in the district that can include trail maps, master plans, and affordable housing plans, Chapman said.
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