Polk County Parks & Recreation is conducting a survey to identify the needs and preferences for recreational opportunities in our community.  Information gathered in this survey will be used to help update the comprehensive plan for parks and recreation programs and facilities within Polk County.  

Please complete only one survey per household.  
 
We encourage you to take this online version of the survey, but if your household prefers, you may fill out a hard copy version that contains the same questions. 
 
If you need a hard copy survey, have any questions or need assistance filling out this survey, you can call Polk Parks & Recreation Department at (828)-894-8199, email recreation@polknc.org or stop by Polk Recreation Offices/Stearns Gym (105 N Peak St, Columbus, NC 28722) between 8:30am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday. 

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* 1. Please check all Polk County Parks & Recreation facilities that you and members of your household have used within the past year (check all that apply):

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* 2. For any facility listed in Question 1 above that your household did not use, please check any of the reasons below that apply:

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* 3. Do any children in your household participate in youth programs that take place in Polk County Parks & Recreation facilities? (check all that apply, skip if not applicable)

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* 4. For any of the youth programs listed in Question 3 above which your children did not participate, please check any reasons below that apply:

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* 5. Please check any of the other parks/facilities/areas within or near Polk County that you and members of your household have used within the past year (check all that apply):

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* 6. Please indicate which of the following activities you and members of your household are interested in (check all that apply):

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* 7. Please indicate which of the following facilities you and members of your household are, or would be, interested in (check all that apply):

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* 8. Would you support a property tax increase to pay for any recreational facilities identified as a priority in this plan?

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* 9. Rate the importance to your household of improving or expanding the following Polk County Parks & Recreation facilities:

  Most Important Very Important Somewhat Important Not Important
Picnic Tables and Shelters
Unpaved Hiking Trails
Pickleball Courts
Flexible Space (classroom, meeting room, etc)
Paved Trails
Gibson Pool
Baseball Field
Gymnasium
Playgrounds
Basketball Courts
Tennis Courts

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* 10. Rate the importance of adding the following facilities:

  Most Important Very Important Somewhat Important Not Important
Indoor Recreation Center with a swimming pool
Horseshoes
Dog Park
Mountain Bike Trails
Bowling Lanes
Accessible Facilities for People with Disabilities
Shuffleboard
Climbing Walls
Skateboard Park
Indoor Recreation Center without a swimming pool
Standalone indoor swimming pool
Exercise Space and Equipment

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* 11. If an indoor community recreation center was to be built in Polk County, rate the importance to your household of including the following facilities:

  Most Important Very Important Somewhat Important Not Important
Indoor Swimming Pool
Splash Pad
Daycare Center
Meeting and Classrooms
Multi-purpose Gym
Indoor Water Park
Studio Space for Classes
Walking/Jogging Track
Exercise Room (with weight and fitness machines)
Social Space/Game Room for Children

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* 12. Please rate the importance of providing more recreational resources in Polk County for the following age groups:

  Most Important Very Important Somewhat Important Not Important
Infant/Toddler
Elementary School
Middle School
High School
Adults
Senior

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* 13. Do you feel that members of your household have access to adequate recreational opportunities to lead healthy and active lives?

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* 14. Please identify any other improvements or additions that you would like made to Polk County Parks & Recreation Programs or Facilities or share any additional comments:

Demographic Questions

The answers for the remainder of this survey will only be used to evaluate whether survey responses were received from a representative population of Polk County.  The data collected will not be tied to individual people or responses.

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* 15. In what area of Polk County do you live?

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* 17. Please specify the race or ethnicity of the members of your household including yourself (check all that apply):

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* 18. What is your approximate annual household income?

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