The East Bay Regional Park District is updating its Master Plan and is asking for public input via an online survey. The District Master Plan defines the vision and the mission of the East Bay Regional Park District and sets priorities for the future. The Park District was founded in 1934 and includes both Alameda and Contra Costa counties. The District is comprised of 65 parks, over 108,000 acres of open space, 1,200 miles of trails, lakes, recreation areas, campgrounds, picnic facilities and interpretive centers. The Park District Master Plan explains the District's multi-faceted responsibilities and provides policies and guidelines for achieving the highest standards of service in resource conservation, management, interpretation, public access and recreation. The Master Plan is designed to maintain a careful balance between the need to protect and conserve resources with the provision of recreational use of parklands for the enjoyment of all for now and into the future. The District's first master plan was approved in 1973 and was prepared with the active participation of the District's citizen-based Park Advisory Committee and with extensive review and comment from the community. The Master Plan is updated periodically to reflect new circumstances to which the District must respond. In addition to the public survey, the Park District will host several town hall meetings in various cities throughout the two counties in 2011.