At the Park Morton Steering Committee meeting held on March 24th, Park View Community Partners (the development team) walked through the results of the Green Space Survey that they’d conducted between January 29th and February 8th. The slide deck from that presentation is available on the Park View Engage Web site and also available here.
Overall, 201 people participated in the survey (with one caveat, it is possible that one person took the survey 36 times as the IP address was the same as were the responses). The purpose of the survey was to solicit feedback on the desired programming of the park elements at both the Park Morton and Bruce-Monroe sites. That can best be illustrated in the following two charts.
Question four focused on green space elements at the Park Morton site:
Question five focused on green space elements at the Bruce-Monroe site:
At the meeting, I offered two suggestions to the development team to gather information to help them better understand what park uses would meet community expectations. With the warmer weather, I suggested that the team visit the Bruce-Monroe site on several occasions to engage those who visit the site and learn about the activities (both existing and absent) that people would like to have at the site. I also suggested that the team visit the parks, playgrounds, and community gardens surrounding the Bruce-Monroe site and ask similar questions.
Overall, it would be both interesting and helpful to the planning process to develop a broad understanding of the recreational activities that currently exist in the community as well as activities that people would like to have in the area that aren’t currently available. It would also be useful to know why people choose to visit some greenspaces and not others — for example, are roads like Georgia Avenue, Park Place, or Sherman Avenue considered barriers to some?
Whether these suggestions are acted upon or not, it is clear to me that more work is needed to understand what the programming needs are for our local greenspaces than can be achieved through an online survey.