Park City and Basin Recreation want your input on recreation
Basin Recreation and Park City Recreation are hosting a joint online survey intended to help shape the recreational opportunities provided in west side of Summit County.
“We use the results to guide us in programming, using the community’s input to let us know what they want,” said Brian Hanton, director of Basin Recreation. “If it’s a program or facility, we try to fit that into our operations.”
Hanton said the last time Basin Recreation surveyed its users was in 2012, when the organization used the document to guide the Fieldhouse expansion, which included the addition of a lap pool, more fitness space and competition courts.
“The changes that we made, a lot of those were made based on the information from that survey, as well as trails, trailheads, parks, what we put in parks, more dog parks, a lot of those things were based on findings from that 2012 survey,” Hanton said.
The current survey asks respondents questions about family dynamics; what programming they would like to see more of; space and facilities; which parks, open spaces and facilities they frequent and why; if they would support a bond; and, if they would support a bond, what would they like the bond to fund. The survey is set to close Tuesday at midnight.
Park City Recreation Services Manager Ken Fisher said the last survey identified three main desires of the community: an additional indoor ice sheet, indoor aquatics and more playing field space.
“We are just looking to see if those are still the top items or if the community’s priorities have changed,” he said.
For example, Hanton said from the county’s perspective there is currently a high demand for more field space. The survey would gauge if the public also regards additional field space as a recreational need.
Park City and Basin Rec officials would then look for ways to prioritize the community’s interests, he said.
“As opportunities become available, those are the things we would look to implement first, knowing that it has to fit within budget and where that funding comes from,” he said.
Hanton is hoping to hear from at least 1,000 people through the survey, which is listed prominently on the website of both Basin Recreation and Park City Recreation. Another few hundred people were already surveyed as part of a blind poll, in hopes of ensuring the poll wasn’t overrun by one particular demographic.
The people polled received a combination of emails, a letter and a post card encouraging a response. An estimated 400 responses were returned. Hanton said the total cost of the survey was around $10,000, and the districts pay for each response. He and Fisher encouraged people to take their time and reply thoughtfully.
“We value what the opinions come back with, and we hope to incorporate most of what the community is looking for,” he said.
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