Local Preferences

Thank you for your interest in the plan!

This survey is a deeper dive into some of the responses we received to the Preliminary Survey in an effort to inform Blueprint Bethel Park, the municipality's new Comprehensive Plan.

The plan will be an officially adopted document containing goals and policies related to the community's development over the next 10 or more years. It is based on public input, so your responses to the following questions will help determine Bethel Park's direction in the long term.

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* 1. What is your age?

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* 2. How long have you lived in Bethel Park?

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* 3. Please indicate how frequently you visit the following recreation sites.

  Often: Once or more per week Sometimes: Once or twice per month Rarely: A few times per year Never
Municipal parks and fields (including Millennium Park, Simmons Park, Miner's Memorial Park, Park Avenue Fields and Village Green Park)
South Park (county park)
Spencer Family YMCA
Neighborhood parks (including Birch Tree, Elm Tree, Miner's, Mollyhill, Oak Tree, Peter Page and Pine Tree parks and UPMC Field)
Recreation facilities in a neighboring community (such as Upper St. Clair, Peters Township, Mt. Lebanon, etc.) 
Bethel Park Community Center
Montour Trail
Private gym facilities (LA Fitness, Planet Fitness, Healthtrax, etc.)

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* 4. Please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding recreation in Bethel Park.

  Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree
Parks and recreation facilities and programs are important to maintaining a high quality of life in Bethel Park.
The Bethel Park Community Center offers programming and attractions that appeal to households of all ages and types.
Bethel Park needs more walking and biking paths, such as extension of and connections to the Montour Trail.
Municipal recreation facilities in Bethel Park are generally in good condition. (Please note any facility maintenance/improvement needs in comments.)

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* 5. Council has determined that public subsidy for a swimming pool is infeasible at this time, given capital costs that could range from $10M to $30M in addition to annual staffing and maintenance costs. Aquatic facilities of various types are available in and near the community, and the municipality is planning to add a splash pad near the community center.

Nonetheless, a public swimming pool has ranked highly among desired features for Bethel Park in input for the plan so far, and it is important to determine why. Which of the following sentiments describe how you feel about aquatic facilities in Bethel Park?

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* 6. Please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements about sidewalks in Bethel Park.

  Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree
The sidewalk network should be improved within a 1.5-mile radius of each school to provide children with the option of safely walking to and from school (regardless of whether busing is available).
The sidewalk network should be improved in the vicinity of public transit stops (bus and light rail/trolley) to provide safe, appealing routes for transit riders.
The sidewalk network should be improved in business/commercial areas to increase the safety and appeal of walking between destinations.
The sidewalk network should be expanded more generally within and between neighborhoods to increase the safety and appeal of walking around Bethel Park.
Having sidewalks in my neighborhood is (or would be) worth what it requires of property owners: Dedication of space, maintenance, snow clearance, etc.

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* 7. Please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following general statements about amenities in Bethel Park.

  Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree
It is important for Bethel Park to have types of housing for a wide range of different income levels and family sizes.
Residential neighborhoods in Bethel Park tend to have a cohesive character (building design, size, property layout, etc.) that should be respected and preserved.
Future development in commercial areas should encourage mixed use, allowing for housing to integrate with commercial, cultural, institutional and/or other compatible uses.
It is important to preserve existing wooded areas and tree coverage within the community, focusing investment on the redevelopment and infill of built-up areas instead of consuming additional unused land.
The municipality needs to focus on inclusion and accessibility to address special needs within its population. 
Capital funding for stormwater infrastructure should be a budget priority, given flood events of seemingly increasing severity.

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* 8. Please use the space below to provide any additional comments.

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