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Chapter Three

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needs and priorities assessment

Through the compilation of findings from various research

techniques, a number of parks, recreation and cultural

resource needs and priorities emerged. The table below is

an overview of the findings from each analysis technique,

which were further refined based on additional public input

and analysis.

Three types of research were utilized in a mixed methods,

triangulatedapproachaspartoftheneedsassessmentprocess:

observational; qualitative; and quantitative. Together these

three typesof research provided13 techniques tocross-check

results and better determine an accurate understanding of

the City of Raleigh’s needs and priorities for parks, recreation

and cultural resource facilities.

Table 77

summarizes the

synthesized findings of all 13 methods which included

observational evaluations, community and stakeholder

input, two community surveys, a recreation programs and

services assessment, and a existing level of service analysis.

The top 10 facilities and activities needs are highlighted in

Table 77. These facilities and activities are ones identified

through these 13 techniques to have the highest level of

importance and largest unmet need by the community.

= Indicates Need

Needs Assessment Techniques

Existing Conditions

Observations

Community Meetings

Focus Groups

Stakeholder

Interviews

Online Website

Online Public

Opinion Survey

Citizen Opinion and

Interest Survey

Peer Comparison

High Level Lifestyle

Analysis

Recreation Programs

and Services

Assessment

Acreage Level of

Service Analysis

Facility Level of

Service Analysis

Access Level of Service

Analysis

Facilities

Smaller Neighborhood Parks

Greenway Trails

Dog Parks

Outdoor Pools

Tennis Courts

Picnic Areas/ Shelters

Nature Preserves

Restrooms

Indoor Pools

Accessible Playgrounds

Activities

Fitness and Wellness

Lake-Related

Senior Adults

Aquatics

Performing Arts

Adult Sports

Nature

Social

Before/ After School

Volunteer Opportunities

Table 77

. Top Ten Park and

Recreation Facilities and Activities

Needs

Section 3.8

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Summary of Needs and

Priorities Assessment