Town Hall Meeting-June10

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Published on January 14, 2009

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Alabaster Parks and Recreation : Alabaster Parks and Recreation Community Needs Assessment Town Hall Meeting June 10, 2007 What is a Needs Assessment? : What is a Needs Assessment? An attempt to gather and analyze information from a constituency as well as to establish on-going participatory relations with respondents for the overall leisure plan Why a Needs Assessment? : Why a Needs Assessment? An effort to gain information from the public concerning overall attitude toward leisure as well as to “plot our future.” Understand the current level of usage and activity in a community. Assess the attitudes and opinions of the community with respect to leisure. Why?(cont’d) : Why?(cont’d) Plan to integrate findings into overall City Strategic Plan Ensure we are putting time and resources where it will have the greatest impact Prove to decision makers that what we do is valued by the community. Identify programs, services and facilities that will meet the needs of our community The Value of an Assessment : The Value of an Assessment Really know versus guessing on recreational interests Understand community’s priorities and values Ability to re-prioritize funding Focus on important issues Value(cont’d) : Value(cont’d) Staff focus on expressed needs and willingness to let go of programs in decline or “dead” True local benchmarks established Personal biases can be eliminated or discounted Credibility to the Agency and City Challenges : Challenges Proving benefits vs. costs to decision makers Staff/core volunteer commitment Develop a valid questionnaire in readily understandable wording Decisions on methodology Challenges(cont’d) : Challenges(cont’d) Consideration of instrument distribution Getting a “valid” sample from various demographic groups Assessing the data and ability to interpret Receiving unwanted results Exposing weaknesses Process : Process Don’t re-invent the wheel Evaluation and selection – involve Boards and Stakeholders Staff buy-in Stick to the timeline If we ask – we had better act! Share the results with staff, leaders, public and policy makers Specific Objectives-What to Ask- : Specific Objectives-What to Ask- Future needs Personal opinions Leisure behavior Demographics General Activities General needs Extent of the need Reasons for non-participation Questions(cont’d)-Personal Opinions- : Questions(cont’d)-Personal Opinions- These questions address the opinion of the community with respect to a variety of issues such as: Level of maintenance General recreational needs Future goals Specific concerns in Alabaster Things To Do : Things To Do Collect information from a large cross-section of the community Collect information about all the different aspects of leisure – attitude, use, behavior Things NOT To Do : Things NOT To Do Depend only on public hearings and focus group data Balloon findings Ask unless we are willing to listen and follow-through How Do We Gather Information? : How Do We Gather Information? Needs Assessment questionnaire Feedback from community Informal discussions with focus groups Planning sessions with staff and Mayor/ Council Parks and Recreation Committee Follow-up : Follow-up Share findings with Mayor, Council, staff and residents Build immediate feasible needs into budget planning process Timeline : Timeline Begin questionnaire 3rd week of February Close out questionnaires May 1 Focus group meetings first week of May Finalize report for presentation to Mayor and Council third week of June Town-hall follow-up in October Process : Process Distributed questionnaires at: All parks Depot Senior Building City Services Building City Hall Library Several businesses City Newsletter City website Emailed link to 1400+ families Sent three email reminders to database Process : Process Focus Group meetings with the following: Youth Sports Boards: Baseball Softball Basketball Soccer Football Cheerleading **Conducted a SWOT analysis with each group Process : Process Focus Group meetings with the following: Senior Citizens Tennis enthusiasts Nature enthusiasts Parks and Recreation Staff Mayor Frings City Council Parks and Recreation Committee Results : Results 1269 questionnaire respondents Gender 58% female 34% male 8% n/a Age 20-29 7.06% 30-39 47.15% 40-49 29.73% 50-59 2.23% 60 + 6.04% N/A 10% Results : Results Number of dependent children at home 0 2.00% 1 13.38% 2 41.26% 3 26.39% 4 + 8.55% N/A 8.00% Survey : Survey 1.Please rate the condition of the facilities at Abbey Wooley Park. (cleanliness, accessibility, appearance, etc) 6.0 2.Please rate the condition of the facilities at Buck Creek Park. (cleanliness, accessibility, appearance, etc) 6.7 3. Please rate the condition of the facilities at Heroes Park. (cleanliness, accessibility, appearance, etc) 7.8 Survey : Survey 4. Please rate the condition of the facilities at Municipal Park. (cleanliness, accessibility, appearance, etc). 7.1 5. Please rate the condition of the facilities at Veterans Park. (cleanliness, accessibility, appearance, etc) 9.6 6. Please rate the condition of the facilities at Warrior Park. (cleanliness, accessibility, appearance, etc) 6.8 Survey : Survey 7.Please rate the variety of youth recreational activities offered through ourfacilities and/ or programs. 7.1 8. Please rate the variety of adult recreational activities offered through our facilities and/ or programs. 4.3 9. Please rate the professionalism of our staff. 8.6 Survey : Survey 10. I would like to see more recreational, leisure and enrichment programs offered through Parks and Recreation. 9.1 11. I feel there is a need for a multi-purpose indoor recreational facility in Alabaster. 9.4 12. Alabaster Parks and Recreation has a positive public image. 8.3 General Comments : General Comments Soccer lights Tennis facility/program Senior Citizen Facility Therapeutic Recreation Facility More open space/trails More adult activities Multi-use Recreation facility Adequate practice space – youth sports Projected Sports Participation : Projected Sports Participation

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