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With a population that grays a little more each year, James City County wants to hear from the public about how to best serve that population’s recreational needs.
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission has invited citizens to a meeting set for 4 to 6 p.m. today at the James City County Recreation Center to offer their feedback on what the county should do to meet those needs.
U.S. Census data shows that as of 2012, 21.7 percent of James City County’s population was 65 or older, compared to 13.4 and 13.5 percent in York County and Williamsburg, respectively. That population has steadily grown in the county since 1990, when 12 percent of citizens were 65 or older.
By 2040, population estimates from the Weldon Cooper Center show seniors 65 and older representing 34 percent of the county’s overall population. The Weldon Cooper Center, a University of Virginia venture dedicated to researching Virginia issues, projects the county’s population to climb from its estimated 70,321 citizens in 2013 to 136,736 by 2040.
At today’s meeting, citizens will receive an overview of demographics and population in the county and a look at how the county’s department of parks and recreation is trying to serve those 65 and older. There will also be information presented about how parks and recreation resources are used and about fees for service.
For more information, call 259-4178.