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Johnson City’s Parks and Rec looking for input from public

Jennifer Sprouse • Jul 6, 2012 at 9:18 AM

If you have an idea or a suggestion for things you would like to see at a park in Johnson City, the Parks and Recreation team want to hear from you.

Roger Blakeley, director of Johnson City Parks and Recreation, said they have put up a community survey of 24 questions online to help them decipher the wants and needs of people who use their facilities and parks.

“What we want to do is encourage the community to participate in the survey,” he said. “The reason why we want to do that is because a lot of things have changed since anybody asked the community what their opinions were about parks and recreation.”

He said with baby boomers retiring, as well as a huge group of little kids participating in sports and arts programs, the time has come to find out just what things, new and old, could help bring more people to the parks and facilities.

“We need to look at today –– what we’re doing today –– and then where we’re going to be in the future and stage ourselves for the future,” Blakeley said. “That’s where the survey comes in.”

As of 2 p.m. Thursday, Parks and Rec had already collected 657 surveys from people in Johnson City and the surrounding counties. Many top interests from the survey takers included athletics, nature, senior services and special events.

The survey includes questions about what programs residents participate in, how they would rate the physical condition of the parks they use, the quality of the recreation or cultural program they’ve participated in and reasons that would prevent them from visiting one of the parks and/or facilities.

“If you want to make an impact now and into the future, fill out that survey. This is the time,” Blakeley said. “I want to know from the people that I never hear from. If you have something to tell us, tell us. I read all of the comments you put on there.”

So far, people have suggested splash pads areas, zero-entry pools, a lazy river and walking and nature trails for possible additions to the parks within the system.

The survey can be found at www.johnsoncitytn.org and will remain up until July 31. According to a Parks and Rec news release, there are paper surveys available at Carver Recreation Center, Princeton Arts Center, the Senior Center, Freedom Hall Pool, Legion Recreation Center and the Parks and Recreation Administrative Offices at Winged Deer Park.

After a survey participant completes the survey, their name will be entered into a drawing for either a free pool party, free skating party, free picnic pavilion rental or a season pass to the Johnson City Cardinals.

For more information about the survey or if you want the survey emailed to you, call Missy Hollifield at 283-5815 or email her at mhollifield@johnsoncitytn.org.

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