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Regional Park Planning Survey Results - Sep/Oct 2008
Posted 7 Nov 08

Our thanks to each resident who completed a survey form!

The paper survey was mailed to 2,422 randomly-selected households across the five participating municipalities in the Centre Region in early-Sept. 166 surveys were undeliverable, which left a pool of 2,257 households. 499 (22%) completed surveys were returned and analyzed by Pashek and Associates. The answers have been arranged in order of popularity from the paper survey. The web-based survey with the same questions was available on this website from 3-26 Oct 08. The availability of this survey was advertised in the Centre Daily Times. The form would accept only fully-completed survey forms. 538 forms were submitted for analysis & reporting by Elizabeth Covelli, a Penn State graduate student in Recreation, Parks & Tourism Mgmt.

Dear Centre Region Residents,

The five municipalities in the State College area have expanded their cooperation for parks and recreation to acquire, plan, and develop two “regional” parks. These parks will serve all residents in future years. The Oak Hall parklands consists of 68 acres and the Whitehall Road parklands is a 75-acre tract. The focus of these parks will be to:

  • Provide outdoor, active recreation facilities close to home for families, groups and individuals;
  • Promote the value of activity and fitness;
  • Host community-based sport groups / organizations for both youth and adult activities;
  • Continue multi-municipal cooperation to meet the needs of residents.

Your input from this questionnaire is an important component of preparing the Master Site Plans for each site. Funding assistance for these projects has been provided by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

1. Please tell us how your household has used the municipal parks and outdoor school district facilities in the Centre Region over the past five years. (Please check all that apply)

Paper (499)
Web (538)
 
298
405
Went to walk or ride a bike for exercise
266
470
Used facilities as an individual or family (i.e. tennis, bocci, playground)
222
332
Picnicked (family or group)
195
284
Went to enjoy the environment / landscape
188
290
Went to relax (i.e. sunbathe, read a book, people watch)
182
282
Attended/participated in organized sports (i.e. baseball/softball, soccer, football, lacrosse, basketball)
176
331
Visited Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
168
262
Attended special events held in the parks
144
324
Visited Welch or Park Forest Swimming Pools
124
215
Walked a dog
56
145
Participated in classes & programs held in parks
52
5
We have not visited those facilities in the past five years
2,071 responses
3,145 responses
TOTAL

2. If you are not currently using park facilities, other than lack of time, what are your reasons?

      Please click on one of the links to review those comments:   PAPER SURVEY           WEB SURVEY

3. We are planning park facilities for the two new regional parks in the area. What facilities do you think we should include in those parks? (Please select up to ten (10) facilities, then list the top three (3) facilities below.)

Paper (499)
Web (538)
 
374
397
Walking trails
315
321
Picnic pavilions
305
313
Shade trees/flowers
283
312
Playground areas
198
255
Open space
185
237
Sledding area
166
228
Tennis courts
152
147
Swimming pool
142
305
Soccer fields
135
77
Adult/Senior Fitness Stations
133
154
Basketball courts
137
130
Community Garden Area
127
127
Dog park (fenced, off-leash area)
114
121
Amphitheater
105
133
Cross-country skiing trails
103
94
Baseball fields
96
79
Softball fields
88
82
Sand Volleyball Court
72
43
Horseshoe courts
62
54
Bocci courts
52
75
Skateboarding Facilities
46
85
Disc Golf course
34
47
Remote Control Airfield
31
58
Football fields
21
30
Lacrosse fields
3,476 TOTAL
3,957 TOTAL
TOTAL RESPONSES
Other

Please List Your Top 3 Facilities:

         Please click on one of the links to review those rankings:   PAPER SURVEY           WEB SURVEY

4. What kinds of trails would you or members of your household use in a park? (Check all that apply)

Paper (499)
Web (538)
 
408
475
Walking/jogging trails
336
403
Nature trails
48
0
In-line skating trail
Other

5. Are you satisfied with the park facilities in the Centre Region currently available to the members of your household?

Paper (499)
Web (538)
 
361 (74%)
404 (75%)
YES
78 (26%)
234 (25%)
NO
439 responses
538 responses
 

6. When you think of an attractive park you have visited anywhere, what made that park inviting or memorable for you?

         Please click on one of the links to review those comments:   PAPER SURVEY           WEB SURVEY

7. Would members of your household increase their use of sports fields, tennis and basketball courts, if lighting were provided for evening use?

Paper (499)
Web (538)
 
259 (53%)
363 (75%)
NO
191 (39%)
175 (25%)
YES
450 responses
538 responses
 

8. As we plan for two new regional parks, what other suggestions or comments would you like to share with us?

     Please click on one of the links to review those comments:   PAPER SURVEY           WEB SURVEY

9. Which municipality do you live in?

Paper (499)
Web (538)
Municipality
The paper survey was delivered to xx households in this municipalitiy
83 (17%)
135 (25%)
State College Borough
700 less 47 undeliverable = 653 (29%)
88 (18%)
96 (18%)
College Township
400 less 30 undeliverable = 370 (16%)
123 (25%)
152 (28%)
Ferguson Township
512 less 52 undeliverable = 460 (20%)
114 (24%)
37 (7%)
Harris Township
400 less 13 undeliverable = 387 (17%)
75 (16%)
86 (16%)
Patton Township
410 less 23 undeliverable = 387 (17%)
2: "Potter" & "Boalsburg"
32 (6%)
Other
0
485 responses*
538 responses*
TOTAL
2,422 less 166 undeliverable = 2,257**

Regarding the percentages in each column (examples):
* 17% of the paper survey respondants and 25% of the web survey respondants live in State College Borough.
** 29% of the selected addresses were in State College Borough

10. How long have you lived in the region defined by the five municipalities listed above?

Paper (499)
Web (538)
 
87
87
0-4 years
91
115
5-10 years
305
328
11+ years
483 responses
538 responses
 

11. Please circle the number of people in your household in each age category.

Paper (499)
Web (538)
 
75
112
0-4 years
78
196
5-9 years
89
204
10-14 years
96
121
15-19 years
212
155
20-34 years
149
242
35-44 years
212
193
45-54 years
168
80
55-64 years
207
22
65+ years
490 responses representing
1,286 individuals
528 responses representing
1,325 individuals
 

12. Do you rent or own your residence?

Paper (499)
Web (538)
 
421
488
OWN
62
50
RENT
483 responses
538 responses
 

13. Please provide us with any additional  comments:

    Please click on one of the links to review those comments:   PAPER SURVEY           WEB SURVEY

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