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Needs and Priorities Assessment

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needs and priorities assessment

In addition to the identification of the top community-wide

needs, from the public participation and survey techniques,

overall priorities have emerged. Below is a summary of the

top priority themes as identified by the following methods:

• Community Meetings (four, plus a teen workshop),

• Focus Groups (nineteen),

• Stakeholder/ Elected Officials Interviews (eleven),

• Online Engagement Website,

• Online Public Opinion Survey,

• Citizen Opinion and Interest Survey,

• Recreation Program and Services Assessment,

• Existing Level of Service Analysis.

Priority themes include:

• Maintain and enhance existing

parks, greenways

and athletic fields;

• Equitable distribution

of small, neighborhood

parks with connections to sidewalks and greenways

within one-mile of each resident;

• Better

greenway connectivity

to neighborhoods

with hierarchy of types and functions;

• Highest priority programs are

fitness and wellness

;

history and museums; nature; aquatics; family, senior

adult; performing arts; and lake-related activities;

• Focus on

improving and reinvigorating

existing

facilities (athletic fields, tennis) and parks;

• Develop new

urban lifestyle-based parks

and

greenway connection options for urbanizing areas

with immediate and long-term solutions;

• Identify future

natural lands

for preservation and

provide an equitable distribution of nature parks;

• Provide

better coordination with schools

for

educational curriculum recreation programs and

greenway connection options;

• Additional off-leash

dog parks

, some with lights

and extended hours;

• Greenway wayfinding

to highlight destinations,

healthy information and educational/ interpretative

elements and amenities such as benches;

• More playgrounds

for toddlers and better

playground options such as natural and barrier-free

playgrounds;

• Continue to provide

affordable and easily

accessible

recreation programs;

• More and better

specialized recreation classes

(i.e. art

classes, fitness, dancing, safety, volunteering, practical

living, technology and English as a Second Language);

• Create

common voice in the arts

community;

• Provide

alternative transportation options

from

and to parks;

• More programs and locations for

special

populations

through partnerships;

• Co-develop

aquatic center

with partners such as

surrounding communities and schools;

• Keep the character

of the city through integration

of the arts, history and diversity;

• More

disc golf

opportunities throughout the city;

• Provide

small eating areas

and vendors at select parks;

• Focus on programs and activities that can

grow

participation

for key age groups and meet their

needs; and

• I

mprove athletic facilities

to meet the needs for

quality of residents and enhance awareness of

programs offered by city.

Together the needs and priorities identified in this

chapter begin to form themes that are explored further in

subsequent public participation opportunities.

20,962

engaged on

online website

1,960

completed

survey online

or at recreation

centers

802

completed the

statistically valid

survey

650

participated in

public workshops

and events

65

participants in

teen workshop

11

key stakeholder

interviews

200

attended focus group

meetings

22

planning

committee

members

Number of Participants by Type of Engagement