Recreational Facilities that Respondent Households Have a Need for

 

     From a list of 27 existing recreational facilities, respondents were asked to indicate which ones they and members of their household have a need for. The following summarizes key findings:

     

§       Four of the 27 recreational facilities had over half of respondent households indicate they have a need for the facility.  The facilities that the highest percentage of respondent households indicated they have a need for include: nature centers/natural areas (63%); paved walking/biking trails (58%); small community parks (56%); and picnic shelters/areas (54%).


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Well Existing Facilities Meet Respondent Household Needs

     From the list of 27 existing recreational facilities, respondents were asked to indicate how well each facility meets the needs of their household. The following summarizes key findings:

     

§      Ten of the 27 recreational facilities had at least 40% of respondents indicate that the facility completely meets the needs of their household.  The facilities that had the highest percentage of respondents indicate that the facility completely meets their needs includes: large regional parks (47%); beach area for swimming (46%); soccer fields (46%); full size baseball fields with 90 ft. bases (44%); small community parks (43%); picnic shelters/areas (42%); youth baseball fields with 60 ft. bases (42%); adult softball fields (42%); playgrounds (41%); and youth softball fields (40%). It should also be noted that for all 27 types of facilities, less than 50% of respondent households indicate that their needs are being completely met.

    
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Facilities Most Important to Respondents Households

 

From the list of 27 existing recreational facilities, respondents were asked to select the four that are most important to them and members of their household.  The following summarizes key findings:

 

§         Nature centers/natural areas, nature trails (32%) had the highest percentage of respondents rate it as one of the four most important facilities to their household.   There are three other facilities that at least 20% of respondents rated as one of the four most important, including: paved walking/biking trails (29%); small community parks (20%); and indoor swimming pools (20%). It should also be noted that nature centers/natural areas, nature trails had the highest percentage of respondents rate it as the number one most important facility.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Importance of Functions Performed by the Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department

 

From a list of 9 functions performed by the Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department, respondents were asked to rate the importance of each one.  The following summarizes key findings:

 

§         Four of the nine functions had at least two-thirds of respondents rate them as being very important. The functions that received the highest very important ratings are: operating parks and facilities that are clean/well maintained (87%); preserve the environment and provide open space (78%); provide places for outdoor sports programs (67%); and provide natural areas for wildlife and plants (66%). It should also be noted that all 9 functions had over 75% of respondents rate them as being either very important or somewhat important.       

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most Important Functions for Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department to Provide

From the list of 9 functions performed by the Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department, respondents were asked to select the top four most important functions for them to provide.  The following summarizes key findings:

 

§         Operating parks and facilities that are clean/well maintained (66%) had the highest percentage of respondents select it as one of the four most important functions for the Albemarle County Parks & Recreation Department to provide. There are four other functions that over one-third of respondents selected as one of the four most important to provide, including: preserve the environment & provide open space (53%); provide natural areas for wildlife & plants (43%); provide places for outdoor sports programs (42%); and provide small community parks close to home (38%). It should also be noted that operating parks and facilities that are clean/well maintained had the highest percentage of respondents select it as the number one most important function to provide.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frequency of Use of Potential Programming Spaces

 

From a list of 16 potential indoor recreation, aquatic, and fitness programming spaces, respondents were asked to indicate how often they and members of their household would use each one. The following summarizes key findings: 

(Note: The graph below does not show the percentage of respondents who indicated “less than once/month” or “seldom or never”.)

 

§         Forty-five percent (45%) of respondent households indicated they would use a weight room/cardiovascular equipment area at least once a month.  There are four other programming spaces that over one-third of respondent households would use at least once a month, including: indoor warm water family oriented swimming center (44%); indoor running/walking track (43%); aerobics/fitness space (40%); and lap lanes for exercise swimming (39%).  It should also be noted that weight room/cardiovascular equipment area (20%) had the highest percentage of respondent households indicate they would use it several times per week.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Programming Spaces that Respondents Would Be Most Willing to Support with Tax Dollars

From the list of 16 potential indoor recreation, aquatic, and fitness programming spaces, respondents were asked to select the top three they would be most willing to support with their tax dollars.  The following summarizes key findings:

 

§         An indoor warm water family oriented swimming center (34%) had the highest percentage of respondents select it as one of the four programming spaces they would be most willing to support with tax dollars. There are three other programming spaces that over 20% of respondents selected as one of the top three they would support with tax dollars, including: indoor running/walking track (28%); weight room/cardiovascular equipment area (25%); and aerobics/fitness space (22%). It should also be noted that an indoor warm water family oriented swimming center had by a wide margin the highest percentage of respondents select it as the number one programming space they would be most willing to support with tax dollars.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support for Actions to Improve the Parks and Recreation System

From a list of 13 actions that the Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department could take to improve the parks and recreation system, respondents were asked to indicate their level of support for each one. The following summarizes key findings:

 

§         Two of the 13 actions had over half of respondents indicate being very supportive of them. The actions that received the highest very supportive ratings are: preserve/conserve existing parks, playgrounds, etc. (72%) and purchase land to preserve open space, natural areas, greenways (52%). It should also be noted that 9 of the 13 actions had over 60% of respondents indicate being either very supportive or somewhat supportive of them.       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Actions that Are Most Important to Respondent Households

 

From the list of 13 actions that the Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department could take to improve the parks and recreation system, respondent households were asked to select the top four that are most important to them.  The following summarizes key findings:

 

§         Preserve/conserve existing parks, playgrounds, etc. (53%) had the highest percentage of respondent households select it as one of the four most important actions for Albemarle County to take.  There are four other actions that over 30% of respondent households selected as one of the four most important, including: purchase land to preserve open space, natural areas, greenways (39%); develop new walking/biking trails and greenways (37%); develop small community parks close to home (33%); and develop new indoor recreation facilities (32%).  It should also be noted that purchase land to preserve open space, natural areas, greenways had the highest percentage of respondents select it as the number one most important action.

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allocation of $100 Among Various Parks and Recreation Categories

 

Respondents were asked how they would allocate $100 among various parks and recreation categories. The following summarizes key findings:

 

§         Respondents indicated they would allocate $38 out of every $100 to improvements/maintenance of existing parks, sports, recreation facilities, etc.  The remaining $62 were allocated as follows: development of new indoor recreation facilities ($21); acquisition of new parkland and open space ($20); and development of new outdoor recreation and parks facilities ($18). The remaining $3 were allocated to “other”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amount Respondents Would Pay in Increased Property Taxes to Fund the Most Important Types of Parks, Trails, & Facilities

 

From a list of 5 options, respondents were asked to indicate the maximum amount they would be willing to pay in increased property taxes to fund the types of parks, trails, sports and recreation facilities most important to them and their household.  The following summarizes key findings:

 

§         Thirty-nine percent (39%) of respondents indicated they would pay at least $10 per month in increased property taxes to fund the most important types of parks, trails, sports and recreation facilities.  This group includes 21% who would pay $10-$14, 11% who would pay $20 or more, and 7% who would pay $15-$19.  In addition, 21% would pay $5-$9 and 16% would pay $1-$4.  It should also be noted that 20% would not pay an increase in taxes, and the remaining 4% did not provide an answer.

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Voting on Increasing Taxes to Fund the Most Important Types of Parks, Trails and Facilities

 

Respondents were asked how they would vote if an election were held to fund the types of parks, trails, sports and recreation facilities most important to them and their household. The following summarizes key findings:

 

§         Nearly two-thirds (64%) of respondents indicated they would either vote in favor (41%) or might vote in favor (23%) if an election were held to fund the most important types of parks, trails, sports and recreation facilitiesIn addition, 15% of respondents indicated they would vote against, and the remaining 21% indicated they were not sure how they would vote.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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