Draft of recreation and parks survey ready for approval

Oct. 16, 2013 @ 07:55 PM

Development of the Henderson-Vance County Comprehensive Parks, Recreation and Greenways Master Plan has moved a step closer.

Mike Ciriello, planning director with the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments, said the final draft of a survey for city and county residents is ready and awaiting final approval of recreation leaders. Once approved, it will go into multiple media platforms and locations.

Ciriello said plans are for availability in November.

“It will be available with water bills, in the paper or whatever mechanism the parks and recreation people decide to use to distribute them,” Ciriello said. “It will be available in as many places as we can. If anyone wants a copy, just let us know.”

Ciriello said the survey is also going to be available at churches, schools, Perry Memorial Library, City Hall and online at hendersonparks.weebly.com.

The survey is designed as one page, front and back, collecting demographic information on one side and interests on the other.

The category of events includes, among others, indoor or outdoor concerts, festivals, field trips, youth art, sports, movies at the park, nature- and family-oriented activities, and facilities for indoor, outdoor and the water.

It includes a comment section as well.

The survey does not ask respondents to rank listings in an order of importance or to indicate if respondents currently use listed items. Only check marks are requested.

“The schedule for that is to have it completed by the end of January,” Ciriello said. “We will probably put a deadline on it set for the middle of January, but we always anticipate some last-minute entries.”

The master planning project launched Oct. 1. A primary objective includes gaining public input through one or more surveys and through two open houses, one in December and another in April. Exact dates have yet to be announced.

The documentation of a master plan would provide direction for department and government leaders for future development of the local recreation system. It is also believed to be pivotal to obtaining larger grants to fund implementation of the plan, a document that will become part of the city’s general fund capital improvement plan, or CIP.

Kerr-Tar COG is under contract to lead the development of the plan.

 

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.