Please help the City of Leominster update our Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) by participating in this important survey. A state-approved updated plan is necessary to qualify for state funding for purchasing and protecting open space and recreational facilities. This survey is being conducted to understand the needs and concerns of Leominster residents regarding the city's open space and recreation facilities. The OSRP was last updated in 2014, and many of the action items from that plan have been completed.

Open Space in this survey is defined as public and privately-owned undeveloped lands which are important for a variety of reasons, including habitat for wildlife, water resource protection, passive recreation, agriculture, forestry, or simply because of their scenic qualities and their contribution to the overall character of the city. The terms recreational facilities or recreation refer to land used for active recreational purposes, such as athletic fields, courts, or golf courses. Passive recreation refers to uses such as wildlife observation, walking along Leominster's wooded trails, biking along our scenic roadways, and canoeing or kayaking one of our waterways. Open space and recreational planning will help us preserve open space while allowing development to occur that is consistent with the character of Leominster.

Please take a few minutes to answer the following survey questions. Responses to this survey will be anonymous and not attributed to individuals. The results will be used to develop an updated Action Plan to improve and enhance the open space and recreational facilities in Leominster.
 
Thank you for your time and responses!!

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* 1. What Ward number do you live in?  If you don't know, use your trash collection day as a guide below.

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* 2. How long have you been a resident of Leominster?

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* 3. How many of the following are in your household?

  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 or more
Adults
Children under 18

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* 4. What is your age?

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* 5. Do you feel that your recreation and open space needs are being met?

  Yes No
Within your Ward?
Within the City?

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* 6. How often do you and/or your family use the following conservation and/or recreation facilities in Leominster?

  Frequently Occasionally Never
Bachand Field (American Little League)
Barrett Park
Bennet Street School Playground
Carter Park
Carter Fields (Hall St.)
Doyle Field
Doyle Field Fitness Equipment
Doyle Field Playground
Doyle Pickleball/Tennis Courts
Doyle Reservation (Lindell Ave.)
Fallbrook School Playground
Fallbrook Soccer Fields
Fay Scharmett Memorial Playground (Dinosaur Park-Hall St)
Fournier Park Fields/Courts/Walking Paths
Fournier Water Park/Playground
Johnson Street Fields/Courts
Johnson Street Skate Park
Johnny Appleseed School Playground
Justin DeSantis Field (N. Leominster Little League)
Leominster State Pool
Leominster State Forest
Lincoln Woods (Audubon-Union St.)
Louis Charpentier Playground (Third Street Playground)
Monoosnoc Brook Greenway (Downtown)
Monoosnoc Ridgeline Trail
Monoosnoc Brook Greenway (Outside the Mall)
Northwest School Playground
Priest School Playground
Prospect Park
Samoset School Playground
Samoset School Playing Fields
Samoset School Trail
Southeast Playground (Frances Drake)

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* 7. Please rank the activities you and/or your family enjoy in Leominster in order of importance – 1 being most important, 3 being not important.

   1 Important  2 Somewhat important 3 Not important
Road biking
Trail/mountain biking
BMX biking
Hiking/Walking
Jogging/Running
Trail running
Dog walking
Horseback riding
Nature activities
Photography
Picnicking
Visiting playgrounds
Outdoor Fitness Classes
Outdoor Fitness Stations/Equipment
Rock climbing
Swimming
Fishing
Motorboating
Canoeing/Kayaking
Hunting
Camping
Skateboarding
Motorcycling
All-terrain vehicle riding
Pickleball
Baseball
Tennis
Lacrosse
Football-tackle
Football-flag
Soccer
Golf
Disc Golf
Volleyball-outside courts
Bocce
Ice skating
Snowmobiling
X-country skiing
Sledding
Ice fishing
Snow shoeing

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* 8. Do you go outside of Leominster to recreate?  If so, why?

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* 9. What conservation or recreation areas do you feel Leominster needs more or less of:

  Need more of this Have enough of this Need less of this No opinion
ATV/dirt bike trails
Ball fields
Basketball courts
Biking lanes on roadways
Biking trails
Campgrounds
Disc Golf
Fishing areas
Golf Course
Golf Driving Range
Hiking trails
Horseback riding trails
Hunting areas
Kayak/Canoe access areas
Miniature Golf
Motorboating areas
Nature sanctuaries
Neighborhood green space or park
Off-leash dog park
Off-leash open dog walking area
Outdoor ice skating
Picnic areas
Playgrounds
Rock climbing areas
Sledding areas
Snow mobile trails
Swimming areas
Tennis courts
Walking trails
X-country skiing trails

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* 10. Do you feel that the city needs an expanded recreation program?

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* 11. What Parent and Young Children (Age 0-5) programs would you like to see in Leominster?

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* 12. What YOUTH programs (Ages 6 to 18) would you like to see?

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* 13. Please list the kinds of Adult Programs you would like to see in Leominster.

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* 14. How would you want to be notified of Recreation events and programs?

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* 15. What actions do you favor to preserve open space?

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* 16. Is there any open space in Leominster (publicly or privately owned) which you would like to see protected (enter exact locations)?

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* 17. Would you support Leominster adopting the Community Preservation Act (CPA) Program?

The CPA allows communities to create a local Community Preservation Fund to raise money through a surcharge of  1% to 3% of the real estate taxes on property for open space protection, historic preservation, affordable housing, and recreation.  This surcharge is calculated based on the amount of your tax bill.  So if the city chose a 1% surcharge, and your tax bill is $4,000, the city would collect an extra $40/year (1% of $4,000); not 1% of your property's value. The act also creates a significant state matching fund, which serves as an incentive to communities to pass the CPA. The Department of Revenue has distributed matching funds to CPA cities and towns of more than $726 million to 186 communities since 2010.  Out of the 351 communities in MA, 53% have chosen to pass the CPA at varying percentages. Many cities and towns of Leominster's size have passed CPA at the 1% surcharge level.

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* 18. If you wish, please add additional comments below with regards to open space, natural resources and recreation in Leominster:

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