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Needs and Priorities Assessment

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needs and priorities assessment

Table 67. Peer Comparison - Facilities and Activities

Recreation programs that respondent

households have a need for

National

Average Raleigh

Fitness and wellness

52% 54%

Nature

32% 48%

Aquatics

34% 37%

Family

26% 33%

Tennis

17% 23%

Special events

39% 20%

Youth (K-5th grade)

23% 19%

Adult Sports

21% 12%

Most important recreation programs (sum of top choices)

Fitness and wellness

33% 35%

Nature

14% 26%

Aquatics

19% 22%

Youth summer camp

8% 13%

Youth (K-5th Grade)

11% 6%

Special Events

20% 6%

Parks and recreation facilities that respondent households

have a need for:

Greenway trails

NA 69%

Restrooms

NA 61%

Walking/running tracks

65% 54%

Smaller neighborhood parks

59% 52%

Picnic area/shelters

53% 49%

Nature centers

50% 42%

Recreation centers

44% 39%

Outdoor pools

42% 33%

Dog parks

26% 30%

Soccer/lacrosse/football size fields

22% 18%

Youth baseball and softball fields

20% 14%

Disc golf courses

15% 11%

Most important parks and recreation facilities (sum of top

choices)

Greenway trails

NA 47%

Walking/running tracks

36% 27%

Natural parks and preserves

20% 24%

Smaller neighborhood parks

28% 21%

Indoor pools

17% 21%

Tennis courts

7% 12%

Outdoor pools

17% 11%

Nature Centers

17% 8%

Table 68. Satisfaction Comparison

Satisfaction with the overall value

received from the department

services/facilities

National

Average Raleigh

Very Satisfied

28% 32%

Somewhat Satisfied

35% 35%

Neutral

19% 14%

Total Neutral-Very Satisfied

82% 81%

National

agency-to-agency

and

citizen-to-citizen

comparisons allow the City of Raleigh to better understand

how the city’s parks, recreation and cultural resources

system ‘stacks up’ against cities of similar characteristics as

well as to national averages. Significant findings include:

• A higher percentage of existing parkland is developed

instead of open space;

• City of Raleigh provides approximately twice as many

miles of greenway trails as comparable agencies;

• Trails standards in two of the seven comparable

agencies require 12 feet width instead of Raleigh’s

current ten foot standard;

• Raleigh provides an above average number of lighted

athletic fields per 1,000 residents but fewer fields are

irrigated;

• Raleigh provides twice as many recreation centers

per 1,000 residents, though Raleigh’s largest indoor

recreation center provides less square footage of

usable space;

• The department maintains more than 2.5 times the

amount of building square footage as comparable

agencies, with almost half the footage maintained for

non-park uses such as fire and police stations;

• More citizens learn about programs and activities

through the department’s website, television, radio

and friends and neighbors than national averages;

• Raleigh citizens have a higher need for nature, family

and tennis programs and dog park facilities;

• More Raleigh citizens are very satisfied with overall

value of department services/facilities than national

average.

3.4.3 Summary of Findings