1. Introduction

The Town of Monterey is developing an update to the 2004 Open Space & Recreation Plan and needs your help! Your input will help guide the planning process and determine the future of recreation and open space in town. 

The plan will make Monterey eligible for state reimbursement grant programs for the improvement of recreation areas within town and the protection of open spaces.

This questionnaire is open to year-round residents, seasonal residents, second homeowners, and renters. All responses will be confidential. 

This questionnaire consists of 16 questions and should take about 10 minutes to complete.  The survey will be open from January 15th at noon until February 28th at midnight.

The following questions examine interest and opinions regarding the future preservation of open space in Monterey. Open space is defined as land that has not been developed for residential, commercial, or industrial uses and includes publicly and privately owned land. Areas with particular interest in conservation and recreation include:

1. Land that contributes to the public water supply;
2. Forests, fields, and agricultural lands;
3. Wetlands;
4. Rivers, streams, and lakes;
5. Parks and other recreation lands;
6. Wildlife or animal habitats; and 
7. Land that preserves scenic views or town character. 

Please answer all of the following questions.  Thank you!

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Entering Monterey from Otis to the east.

Entering Monterey from Otis to the east.

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Map of Open Spaces in Monterey

Map of Open Spaces in Monterey

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1. Choose up to five (5) activities that you enjoy doing in Monterey.

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2. How often do you visit in a typical year, and which is your favorite Monterey location?

  Very Frequently (15+ times/year) Frequently (6-14 times/year) Occasionally (1-5 times/year) Never or Unfamiliar
Lake Garfield/Boating
Monterey Town Beach/Swimming
Lake Buel
Greene Park
Bidwell Park (across from Town Hall/Greene Park)
Community Center Grounds
Bob's Way
Steadman Pond
Diane's Trail
Bidwell House/Grounds
Brewer's Pond Trail
Appalachian Trail
Local Farms
Firehouse Pavillion/Rink/Playground
Monterey Preservation Land Trust/BNRC Mount Hunger Trail
Benedict Pond/Beartown State Forest

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Greene Park

Greene Park

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3. What suggestions do you have for improving your favorite places in Monterey?

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4. Which of the following are activities you would be willing to participate in to improve Open Space/Recreation in Monterey? (Check all that apply)

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Monterey Veteran's Park

Monterey Veteran's Park

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5. Does Monterey need more recreational opportunities for: (check all that apply)

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6. Would you use adult/senior exercise equipment if it was installed at a town park or support it's installation for others?  If yes, where would you prefer it to be installed (Community Center, Greene Park, Brewer's Pond, other)?

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7. What do you think is the most important resource in Monterey to be conserved (note- this does not have to be your favorite)?

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Downtown Monterey

Downtown Monterey

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8. During the Master Plan Survey process, the infrastructure project most supported by the 385 respondents was for Bike and Pedestrian Paths (followed by Solar Energy and Environmental Resilience projects.) 

If a pedestrian/multi use path was constructed between downtown and the town beach (either on or off road), how much of a tax increase (percentage, 0-3%) would you be willing to support to fund the project?

I would not support this effort, 0% 3%
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9. Green Corridors are landscape scale, connected tracts of natural land (often forested lands or river systems) that enable organisms to move between areas to protect ecological and genetic diversity and allow organisms to adapt to climate change.  Would you support the town partnering with other communities (Tyringham, New Marlborough, etc.) or non-profit organizations (BNRC, Trustees, etc.) to protect these corridors?

I would not support these efforts. I am unsure. I emphatically support these efforts.
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Monterey Community Center

Monterey Community Center

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10. What improvements would you support at the Community Center and grounds?

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11. Which of the following conservation practices would you be willing to implement on your own property?

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12. Use this space to tell us about something we missed or other concerns regarding open space in Monterey?

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