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Hello all:

Thanks for taking this 8-minute survey to share your ideas about what you might like to see along our riverfront. For each question that follows you will select images of outdoor recreational activities and amenities that you would be interested in having in Sidney. Please be sure to also visit the project website at www.resilient-sidney.com/surveys to take a one-question survey on what you'd like to see along Sidney's riverfront and a short survey on your comfort level with and ability to access online meetings.

The anniversary of Tropical Storm Lee reminded me of the devastation we endured twice in five years. Then and now, it brings the risk into sharp focus: too many of our most vulnerable residents still live in harm’s way.  We must adapt and make way for more water – restore open space and end the cycle of rebuilding.  Sidney’s described as “a small community with big plans, turning challenges into opportunities, committed to work with nature to be safe and resilient.”

We can do that - if we share a vision.
We have made progress. We appreciate that getting through the buyout programs has been grueling for many people. But it’s working. We have acquired nearly 100 properties and the Community Foundation donated 68 acres. We added stormwater storage under sidewalks and removed Peckham Reservoir Dam, built safe places to live, helped small businesses and secured FEMA funds to build the GreenPlain and reconstruct Route 8 culverts. While acquisitions are not complete, some properties are nearly ready to be reused.

Choosing what to do next starts with updating our vision. It's very clear that public space, green space, open streets and recreation play a powerful role in our personal and community resilience. With support of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), we are reaching out to hear your ideas for how publicly owned riverfront land should be reused.  I’m convinced that this may be our greatest opportunity ever to reach a consensus vision and improve quality of life for today’s residents and future generations.

Visioning is part of “Resilient Sidney” that is also updating our Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code.  

You have enormous influence over how all of this happens –but only if you participate.
Please contact me for any additional information at  amatviak@gmail.com. Or contact John Redente at Jredente1@gmail.com. 

Be well,

Andy Matviak,
Mayor

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* 1. What outdoor amenities for children and youth would you like to have in Sidney?  Select as many as you'd like.

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* 2. Are there any other amenities for children and youth you would like to have in Sidney?

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* 3. Which active sports/recreation uses would you like to have in Sidney? Select as many as you'd like. (Active sports/recreation refers to leisure time and physical activity, often for groups, that requires special facilities, courses, fields, or equipment.)

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* 4. For each sport listed below, please mark whether Sidney needs this facility for children under 13, teenagers, adults and/or seniors. (Select as many as apply in each age range.)

  Children Under 13 Teenagers  Adults Seniors
Tennis 
Volleyball
Soccer
Baseball 
Football
Basketball
Lacrosse
Track
Pickleball

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* 5. Are there any other active recreation uses you would like to have in Sidney?

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* 6. Which of the following "fun & leisure" recreation uses would you like to have in Sidney? Select as many as you'd like.

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* 7. Which of the following passive or low-impact recreation uses are you interested in for Sidney? Select as many as you'd like. (Passive recreation refers to low-impact leisure and social activities for individuals, families and informal groups.) [Part 1]

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* 8. Which of the following passive or low-impact recreation uses are you interested in for Sidney? Select as many as you'd like. (Passive recreation refers to low-impact leisure and social activities for individuals, families and informal groups.) [Part 2]

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* 9. Are there any other passive or low-impact recreation uses you would like to see in Sidney?

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* 10. What natural or open space amenities would you like to have in Sidney? Select as many as you'd like.

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* 11. Are there any other open spaces uses you would like to see in Sidney?

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* 12. What local food-related uses would you like to see in Sidney? Select as many as you'd like.

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* 13. Are there any other local food-related uses you would like to see in Sidney?

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* 14. What outdoor cultural activities/event spaces would you like to see in Sidney? Select as many as you'd like.

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* 15. Are there any other outdoor, cultural, recreational activities or event spaces that you would like to have in Sidney?

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* 16. Age-Friendly and Adaptive Sports: Please describe any recreation and community space investments the Village should make to meet the needs of seniors and people with disabilities. (For example, design walking or mountain biking trails to accommodate adaptive equipment, tracks with a softer walking surface, fully accessible exercise circuit for all ages and abilities, passive gathering areas with seating  (benches with backs and sides).

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* 17. If you would like to receive project updates, please provide your contact information below. 

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