Network With Nature

The Town of High River is working on an open spaces plan to find out how locals are using outdoor green spaces in the community and we need your input! Our green spaces include parks, trails and natural areas. A few minutes of your time will help us understand how our green spaces are currently being used and will inform future planning.

With your help, this project will produce a report called the Parks, Trails and Open Spaces Master Plan which will guide green space planning for the next 10 years.

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* 1. Which of High River’s green spaces do you use?

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* 2. How do you use green spaces?

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* 3. Are there any spaces or amenities that need improvement? What are the improvements?

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* 4. What could be improved? For example, furniture, shelters, maintenance, trees and shrubs, flower beds, pathway improvement, ecological connectivity, safety, etc. Be specific!

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* 5. What is your favourite outdoor space within High River? Be as specific or general as you want!

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* 6. What makes it special?

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* 7. Why did you move to High River?

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* 8. Why do you stay living in High River?

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* 9. Do you think that public parks and open spaces within the Town contribute to prosperity, growth and economic development?

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* 10. In your opinion, what makes High River unique? Be specific!

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* 11. On average, how often do you use a Happy Trail in the summer?

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* 12. On average, how often do you use a Happy Trail in the winter?

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* 13. Do you feel there are missing links/connections in the Happy Trail network?

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* 14. On average, how often do you use a park in the summer?

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* 15. On average, how often do you use a park in the winter?

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* 16. On average, how often do you visit the river natural area / ecological open space in the summer?

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* 17. On average, how often do you visit the river natural area / ecological open space in the winter?

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* 18. Did you know that there is an Animal Control Bylaw?

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* 19. What are your thoughts regarding dogs in green spaces?

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* 20. Would you support increased enforcement regarding off-leash dogs in areas where they are supposed to be on-leash?

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* 21. You might know that ospreys and bald eagles belong to a group of birds called raptors. For the past two years, a pair of osprey have nested within the town along the Highwood River. Are you in support of protecting raptors from human disturbances during the critical nesting period?

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* 22. Under the Wildlife Act, raptor nests are protected (no-one is allowed to disturb the nest). Are you in support of increasing protection by keeping pathways and trails a safe distance away from raptor nesting sites?

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* 23. We are working on a 10-year plan that guides operations and maintenance decisions for our green spaces. What ideas do you think that vision should include? Select all that apply – and feel free to add some suggestions!

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* 24. What is the biggest challenge for you when using High River’s green spaces?

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* 25. In order to plan future outdoor recreation activities, we’d like to know how many people in your house participated in these recreational activities during the past year, either in High River or elsewhere. For each activity, indicate the number of people who participated in the past year, even if it was only once.

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* 26. What are the outdoor amenities that drew you to green spaces in the past year? For each amenity, indicate the number of people who participated in the past year, even if it was only once.

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* 27. Thinking about the park that you visit most frequently, how do you get there?

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* 28. Are there any park types that you feel may be missing or lacking in number in High River?

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* 29. What would increase your likelihood of using neighbourhood parks, trails and other open spaces?

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* 30. Parks Operations-Maintenance and Infrastructure oversees the maintenance of green spaces (mowing, equipment repair, playground maintenance, weeding, planting, pathway maintenance, etc.) Are you satisfied with the level of maintenance for parks, open spaces, and town-owned properties?

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* 31. Which age range are you in?

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* 32. How many people live in your house?

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* 33. How many are in each age category?

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* 34. What is the name of your community?

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