Eaton County is in the process of updating its five-year Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Your input is valuable to the planning process. Eaton County will use the feedback to prioritize parks and recreation projects. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

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* 1. What is the primary reason that you visit parks? Please check one.

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Park Location Map

Park Location Map

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* 2. Please indicate how often you visited each of the Eaton County parks in 2019.

  Daily Weekly Monthly Rarely Never
Fitzgerald Park
Lincoln Brick Park
Fox Memorial Park
Crandell Park
Optimist Youth Camp
Duane Tirrell Park
Butler Park Public Access
Dyer Kiln Park
Keehne Environmental Area
Thornapple Trail

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* 3. What would increase the number of times you visit the County parks (listed in question 2) per year?

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* 4. The County Parks and Recreation Department does a good job at the following:

  Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Maintaining the parks
Maintaining the trails
Informing the community of its happenings
Providing amenities with universal design
Providing a variety of recreational options
Providing a variety of Naturalist/Interpretive options
Preserving open space and natural features
Providing sufficient recreational space

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* 5. Some of the highest priorities for the Parks Commission are listed below. Please select your top three priorities from this list.

  1 2 3
Maintain and upgrade existing parks
Maintain and enhance funding for parks
Outdoor recreation/educational opportunities & interaction
Preserve and protect open space
County-Wide trails & blue-ways
Promote healthy lifestyles & active communities
Accessibility
Increase citizen involvement

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* 6. Please indicate which of the following recreation facilities Eaton County should plan for and/or develop further at each park.

  Fitzgerald Park Lincoln Brick Park Fox Memorial Park Crandell Park Optimist Youth Camp Duane Tirrell Park Butler Park Public Access Dyer Kiln Park Keehne Environmental Area
Picnic shelter
Nonmotorized trails
Sports courts
Athletic fields
Playgrounds
Natural areas
Restrooms
Water access
Bike racks
Water trails
Garbage cans/recycling
Skate Park
Dirt Bike/ATV Trails
Splash Pad
Camping
Dog Park

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* 7. What type of recreation activities would like to see increased in Eaton County?

  Fitzgerald Park Lincoln Brick Park Fox Memorial Park Crandell Park Optimist Youth Camp Duane Tirrell Park Butler Park Public Access Dyer Kiln Park Keehne Environmental Area
Swimming
Youth athletics
Adult athletics
Arts/crafts
Fishing
Sailing/boating/kayaking
Horseback riding
Cross country skiing
Hiking
Biking
Snowshoeing
Disc golf
Hunting
Fishing
Educational programs
Winter sports

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* 8. In 2015, a public meeting was held to hear what residents want to see accomplished at each of the parks. Please let us know below to what extent you agree with the input for FITZGERALD PARK.

  Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Improve trail accessibility
Build a bridge over the river to Lincoln Brick Park
Create habitat areas
Establish paved river walk from Grand Ledge to Fitzgerald Park
Fish ladder is an important resource
Expand the bike trail from Saginaw Hwy. to Jefferson Hwy. and Fitzgerald Park
Acquire 16 acres of quarry on the north side with possible swimming
Create a county wide forestry and invasive species plan

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* 9. In 2015, a public meeting was held to hear what residents want to see accomplished at each of the parks. Please let us know below to what extent you agree with the input for LINCOLN BRICK PARK.

  Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Need camping
Establish multi-use/bike trail
Acquire farm field to east and develop
Build a bridge over the river to Fitzgerald Park

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* 10. In 2015, a public meeting was held to hear what residents want to see accomplished at each of the parks. Please let us know below to what extent you agree with the input for KEEHNE/DYER PARK.

  Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Make sure hunting is not allowed
Loop road on Capital Avenue should be considered
Improve ADA accessibility of boardwalk (currently has steps)
Consider fitness trail, fix the boardwalk
Establish canoe access

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* 11. In 2015, a public meeting was held to hear what residents want to see accomplished at each of the parks. Please let us know below to what extent you agree with the input for FOX MEMORIAL PARK.

  Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Connect Fox Memorial Park to Potterville’s Lake Alliance Park
Develop camping facilities
Establish native plantings on former landfill
Improve/develop trails
Establish parking access from Pinch Highway at the north end
Consider potential access point from Windsor Road
Continue to develop mountain bike trails
Sport fishing potential

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* 12. How would you rate the condition of each park?

  Excellent Good Fair Poor I don't know
Fitzgerald Park
Lincoln Brick Park
Fox Memorial Park
Crandell Park
Optimist Youth Camp
Duane Tirrell
Butler Park Public Access
Dyer Kiln Park
Keehne Environmental Area
Thornapple Trail

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* 13. Do you support a trail that connects Eaton Rapids to Charlotte?

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Non-motorized Regional Trail Proposal MSU School of Planning and Design, Spring 2019

Non-motorized Regional Trail Proposal MSU School of Planning and Design, Spring 2019

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* 14. What do you prefer trails to look like?

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* 15. What is your preference between inter- and intra- trail systems?

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* 16. Do you think the County should spearhead a regional trail system?

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* 17. As part of the planning process, Crandell Park development will be a priority. Please rank the following items as you see fit.

  High Priority Medium Priority Low Priority I don't know
Canoe/Kayak launch
Fishing piers and docks
Natural trails
Naturalized area
Boat launch
Events building
Paved trails
Picnic areas
Swimming beach
Rustic camping
Canoe/Kayak livery
Pavilions
Playgrounds
Regional trail connection
Inflatable water obstacle course
Disc golf course
Modern camping
Sledding hill
Trail side fitness
Zip line/ropes course
Archery range
Amphitheater
Cabins
Dog park
Mountain bike trails
Splash pad

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* 18. I keep informed about local activities and events through the following.  Check all that apply.

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* 19. Do you feel that the County adequately advertises the Parks and Recreation opportunities?

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* 20. Eaton County current motor vehicle fees are as follows:
Resident: Daily Pass $3, Annual Pass $20, Senior Annual Pass $15
Non-Resident: Daily Pass $5, Annual Pass $25, Senior Annual Pass $20

Are these fees reasonable and affordable?

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* 21. Eaton County’s general fund budget allocates around 1% of the overall County budget to fund all operations, maintenance, recreation opportunities and development for the parks system.

Is this sufficient to support the Park System?