An upcoming survey will ask Olympia residents about their preferences for city parks and related services.
About 4,000 randomly selected residents will receive an invitation via mail to take the online survey starting in mid-March.
The survey will cover topics such as preferences for park amenities, wildlife protection and acquiring more land for parks. Other questions ask about frequency of park use and whether the participant would support an increase in taxes to pay for park maintenance, for example.
The survey is intended to supplement feedback that came from eight recent neighborhood outreach meetings about future park projects.
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“It’s one more really helpful tool in the toolbox to really get the pulse of community interest when it comes to parks, arts and recreation,” said Jonathon Turlove, associate planner with the city’s parks department. Turlove said results should be available in April.
The city hired Elway Research Inc. to conduct the survey, which is expected to cost $20,750.
Last fall, the same company surveyed Olympia residents about their satisfaction with local government services. In that survey, participants said that improving existing parks was a higher priority than buying land for new parks. That survey cost $28,000, according to the city.
Also in 2014, the parks department paid $60,000 to hire a consultant to examine five potential locations for a new park with athletic fields, an off-leash dog area and more. The consultant released a report in November that determined that the Spooner Berry Farm off Yelm Highway was the best candidate for a new park.