Charlevoix County Parks and Recreation Plan Survey

Charlevoix County is in the process of updating the five-year Recreation Plan.  Your input is valuable to the planning process.  Charlevoix County will use the feedback to prioritize Parks and Recreation projects for the next five to ten years.  Thank you for taking the time to complete the Charlevoix County Recreation survey. 

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* 1. What type of recreation facilities would you like to see increased in Charlevoix County? (Choose All that Apply)

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* 2. What type of recreation activities would you like to see increased in Charlevoix County?

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* 3. How important are the following in Charlevoix County?

  Very Important Somewhat Important Neutral Somewhat Unimportant Very Unimportant
Beaches
Water quality
Trails
Camping

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* 4. Which of the following County Parks do you visit?

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* 5. Please rank the importance of improvements you would like to see at Whiting Park. (Rank 1-10, 1 being the most important)

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* 6. Please rank the importance of improvements you would like to see at Thumb Lake Park. (Rank 1-8, 1 being the most important)

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* 7. Please rank the importance of improvements you would like to see at Porter Creek Natural Area. (Rank 1-3, 1 being the most important)

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* 8. Please rate the importance of the following statements.

  Very important Somewhat important Neutral Somewhat Unimportant Very Unimportant
Accessible and interconnected trails that support a healthy lifestyle.
Parks with a regional draw, offering special events and programs.
Smaller neighborhood parks with gathering spaces and playscapes.
Parks that offer opportunities for passive recreation and connection with nature.
Parks that offer opportunities for active recreation.
Low cost parks with minimal amenities and low maintenance requirements.

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* 9. In your opinion, what are the five most important attributes of parks and recreation amenities in Charlevoix County?  (Select five)

  1 2 3 4 5
Accessible
Natural
Youth focused
Family focused
Connected trails
Passive recreation
Environmentally friendly
Open Space
Community events
Local art
Neighborhood parks
Water access

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* 10. Charlevoix County recently purchased approximately 172 acres of land, including 1,400 feet of Lake Michigan frontage, at the south end of Beaver Island. Most of the property is wooded and undeveloped, but it also features several historic buildings, including a lighthouse, which is divided into three (3) apartments, a carriage house, a fuel building, and a fog horn house. Academic facilities are also located on the property, including a school, commercial kitchen/cafeteria building, three (3) bunk houses, and a maintenance building. The property also features a former rustic campground, including a well pump and two (2) outhouses. What land uses would you like to see on this parcel? (Please check all that apply.)

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* 11. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements:

  Strongly Agree Agree Somewhat Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree
The County’s parks are well maintained.
The County’s indoor recreation facilities are well maintained.
The County’s trails are well maintained.
The County should explore purchasing additional land for recreation and/or preservation.
The County should continue to improve its existing properties instead of expanding services.
The County should consider alternate uses for community facilities to maximize the use.
Parks and Recreation facilities should be a high priority for the County Officials.
The County should focus on passive recreational opportunities such as trails, picnic areas, nature parks.
The County should focus on active recreational opportunities such as athletic facilities, cross country skiing, mountain biking.

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* 12. What is your age range?

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* 13. Do you have children under 18 living in your household?

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* 14. Which of the following best describes your residential status?

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* 15. Do you have an interest in volunteering/serving/or helping improve the Charlevoix County Parks?  If yes, please fill out your contact information.  

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* 16. Please leave further comments here that can help guide the future of the Parks and Recreation opportunities in Charlevoix County.

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