Park survey results should guide funding decisions


This is an increase from 72% in a 2016 survey, and the results will be used to determine if city authorities are on track for planned improvements to the park.

The recent survey, which returned 732 of the 5,500 randomly sent surveys, indicates that the most accessible parts of the parks and recreation system are community and regional parks, the network of paved trails and open spaces or natural areas.

The survey results also include 1,444 completed questionnaires that the city accessed when the city invited all residents to participate.

More than half – 57 percent – of all respondents said they were unfamiliar with the 2016 system plan which identified $ 80 million in potential projects to upgrade the system. Another 30 percent said they were aware of the plan, but were unfamiliar with its contents.

Rochester City Council members questioned whether the needs and expectations set out in the five-year plan still meet the needs of local residents, who recently approved a referendum to provide $ 2 million per year to support park improvements and recreation.

The survey was conducted to assess the interests of the community, and the results will be presented to the city park council and council in a joint study session at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the council chamber of the government center of the city-county.

The survey indicates that community and regional parks, the Quarry Hill Nature Center and paved trails are the top funding priorities of survey respondents.

While 6 percent of those surveyed said they had not used any park facilities in the past two years, 54 percent said they had participated in at least one active program during that time.

Eleven percent of participants said they used the city’s parks on a daily basis, and 37 percent said they were there several times a week, and 15 percent said they went there during the week. less once a week.

On Monday, the park council and board will be asked if the survey provides enough information to prioritize future spending and if they are interested in adopting a plan that would accelerate investment. by borrowing funds and using the annual tax funding dedicated to loan repayments.

The meeting will be webcast live at www.rochestermn.gov/agendas and will be available on cable channel Spectrum 180 or 188 and Metronet channel 80.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Meetings scheduled for the week of September 27 include:

Rochester

• Study session of City Council and Park Council, 3:30 pm Monday. The meeting will be webcast live at www.rochestermn.gov/agendas and will be available on cable channel Spectrum 180 or 188 and Metronet channel 80.

• Régie des services publics, Tuesday 4 pm. Access information is available at www.rochestermn.gov/agendas

• Heritage Preservation Commission, Tuesday 5 pm. Access information for the online meeting is available at www.rochetermn.gov/agendas

• Police Public Service Commission, Thursday at 3 pm. Access information is available at www.rochestermn.gov/agendas

Destination medical center

• DMC Corp. Board of Directors, Thursday 9:30 am at the Mayo Civic Center, with information to watch the meeting online available at https://dmc.mn/events/


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