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This online poll is an opportunity for you to provide your thoughts and opinions for the design and activity programs of the Millcreek City Center Open Space also known as Millcreek Common.
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Thank you for participating in our survey. Your feedback is important.
 
The Millcreek City Center Master Plan was adopted June 10, 2019. The vision for a City Center was born out of the second Vision Theme: Vibrant Gathering Places. Specifically, the General Plan calls for support of a City Center as the heart of Millcreek to give residents a centralized citywide gathering area.
 
AN AMENITY AND GATHERING PLACE FOR THE WHOLE CITY
 
Creating a community gathering space for both large organized events and casual daily interactions is vital to facilitate opportunities for uniting community members. Providing a variety of gathering spaces and amenities will help attract a diverse range of community members and contribute to its active year-round use by residents of all ages and abilities. 
 
As this map illustrates, the Open Space (in green) is enclosed within three blocks from North to South between Miller Avenue and 3300 South, and from East to West by 1300 East and Highland Drive.

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WHY THE OPEN SPACE IS IMPORTANT

For Millcreek’s Open Space we envision the space as the community heart of the city, where the public may gather daily, year-round to experience and participate in a wide variety of cultural, recreational, and civic activities and events.


The benefits of such a place include a connection to the identity of the city, social interaction, cohesiveness and shared experiences. An open space can also contribute significantly to the economic well-being of the city if properly developed and managed. Ultimately, its success in based on activities and entertainment, not buildings.

FIRST, SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The construction of an architecturally pleasing park and plaza environment alone will not adequately lure the public. In order to be successful, the space needs to be filled with events and activities that draw crowds on a daily basis. Instead of an empty stage, the space needs a a critical mass of attractions and activities.

Ten or twenty large signature events during the year are insufficient. What of the other 345 days of the year? The public space must be programmed and managed to produce between 250 and 360 days of activity.

Programming the site for activities introduces economics to the success of the space. A daily crowd of consumers draws residents and metro area visitors alike, and benefits the commercial and retail developments around the Open Space. Resident spending stays in the city, visitors bring in outside dollars and surrounding properties increase in value. Success requires between 250 and 360 days of activity a year.

This means that winter must sustain pedestrian activity, with events like ice skating, Christmas tree festivals, holiday shopping kiosks, music concerts, street performers, etc. Winter must be successful for retail businesses to survive.

THE GOAL OF THE POLL

Your information will be used to help craft a unique Millcreek brand identity for the site. We will look for identities that reflect the past and the present, and any aspirational identities you would like to happen in the future. The data will provide direction for the construction and activity programming for the open space.
Part A 
Activities you would most like to see in the Open Space

Below are images of common activities that are enjoyed on public open spaces.

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1. Here is a list of activities that exist in many urban public spaces around the country. Please rank these in order of your preference for the Millcreek Open Space. You may drag the answers up and down to prioritize or rank them by number using the arrows.

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2. If you have other activities, events or attractions that you would like to experience, please list them here.

Part B
Some Activities and Amenities Will Need Built Infrastructure

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3. Here are several attractions or amenities under consideration that would be permanently built. Please rank these in the order of your preference. You may drag the answers up and down to prioritize, or rank them by number using the arrows.

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4. If you have ideas for other activities or attractions that you would like built in the Open Space, please describe them here.

Part C
Movable activities & amenities

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5. Here is a list of some popular amenities that are under consideration for the Open Space. Please rank these in the order of your preference.  You may drag the answers up and down to prioritize, or rank them by number using the arrows.

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6. If you have ideas for additional activities or amenities, please list them here.

Part D
Ambiance & Landscaping

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7. Here are several common landscaping items that are present in urban open spaces. Please rank these items in your order of preference. You may drag the answers up and down to prioritize them or rank them by number using the arrows.

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8. If you have ideas for other landscaping or ambience, please list them here.

Part E
Open Space Name or Identity
The Open Space has the working name "Millcreek Common" during development. An open space, park, plaza or other designation for a public gathering place of this size and importance should have an identity and name that reflects the physical nature of the place, or the aspirations of those who use it. Several ideas have already been discussed, and others are being researched. This section is about your thoughts on developing an identity or name for the space.

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9. Please review each of the following suggested names for the Millcreek Common space. If any of them are directions you think should be considered, please put a check mark by them. Next, you will have an opportunity to give us your own thoughts on an  identity for the Open Space. As a reminder, the City slogan is "Connected by Nature".

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10. Do you have suggestions as to how to identify or name the Open Space? Please share them here.

Part F
Open Space Landscaping Style
There are several landscape architecture themes that could be used to design the park. Here are some examples:

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Mid-century modern design

Mid-century modern design

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11. Please rate the Mid-century modern design using this sliding scale.

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Modern - curvilinear design

Modern - curvilinear design

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12. Please rate the Modern - curvilinear design using this sliding scale.

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Formal design

Formal design

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13. Please rate the Formal design using this sliding scale.

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Traditional design

Traditional design

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14. Please rate the Traditional design using this sliding scale.

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Modern, clean angular lines

Modern, clean angular lines

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15. Please rate the Modern - clean angular lines design using this sliding scale.

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Pastoral design

Pastoral design

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16. Please rate the Pastoral design using this sliding scale.

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Organic design

Organic design

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17. Please rate .the organic design using the slider scale

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18. What age category are you in?

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19. Where do you live?

This concludes the poll questions. Thank you for sharing your opinions.

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