The most recent Shrewsbury Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP), prepared in 2000 has expired. The Town is eligible for certain open space and recreation grant programs if they have a valid OSRP. An OSRP also allows a municipality to maintain and enhance all the benefits of open space that together make up much of the character of the community and protect the "green infrastructure" of the community. Planning this "green infrastructure" of water supply, land, working farms and forests, viable wildlife habitats, parks, recreation areas, trails, and greenways is as important to the economic future of a community as planning for schools, roads, water, and wastewater infrastructure.
The Board of Selectmen appointed the At-Large Open Space and Recreation Plan Committee Members on July 12, 2011. The Planning Board, Conservation Commission, and Parks and Cemetery Commission appointed 1 member from their respective groups to serve on the Open Space and Recreation Plan Commission in June of 2011.