Some interesting facts from the Statistical Survey:
– 81% of City residents with a neighborhood park say that they use the park;
– Playgrounds and Picnic Areas were the two facilities listed by a majority of residents that should be within a neighborhood park;
– 95% of City residents feel that parks are important to their quality of life. 71% of City residents feel that they are very important to quality of life.
– 51% of City residents feel that the parks are maintained at an “excellent” or “very good” level. Only 10% feel they are maintained at a “not very good” to “poor” level.
– Half of City residents are open to the closing of facilities within parks (50%) or reducing the number of facilities (48%), although more outright oppose than outright support either idea.
– Agricultural uses were the re-use of vacant land that received the highest support (51%). Although many others received similar amounts of support, provision of vacant land as parking (35%) narrowly beat out habitat restoration (34%), trail network expansion (33%) and others for the re-use of vacant land with the next highest level of support.
Some interesting facts from the Adult Questionnaire:
– Similar to the statistical survey, 82% of respondents use their neighborhood park;
– 35% of respondents were of the ages 25-34, and 55% of respondents were of ages 25-44;
– 47% of respondents thought that the City’s neighborhoods were most important in the identity of the City, followed by the three rivers at 20%.
– 73% of respondents are satisfied with park maintenance;
– The main reason respondents would not go to parks are physical barriers (too far away or too difficult to get to);
– The top two improvements respondents would like to see are the expansion of the trail system (22.5%) and restoring / protecting creeks, forests, and hillsides (19%)
you know, i might have put “vacant land as parking” cause on many streets the only thing that can make room for bikes is to get rid of parking. that, and vacant land between buildings sometimes turns into dump sites that are overgrown with knotweed