PROJECT INTRODUCTION
The Zionsville 5-Year Parks Master Plan Update will continue the current efforts of the town to develop its parks system to meet the needs of its residents. The project will engage residents and community leaders to provide recommendations that seek to improve the current parks system. The plan’s recommendations will focus on infrastructure improvements, but will also address policy and program updates to support the continued growth of the parks system over the next 5 years and into the future.

This is YOUR PLAN!  We want to hear your opinions.  We need to hear what you think about the parks system in Zionsville:  what you like, and what you would like to see changed, added, or improved.  All results gathered in this survey will be anonymous and any personal information is completely confidential.  No information from these surveys will be used for any purpose other than park planning and development purposes.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey!

CONTACT INFORMATION
If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact Tricia McClellan with Rundell Ernstberger Associates at tmcclellan@reasite.com or (502) 561-8676.

* 1. How important is it to you to have park facilities and activities within walking distance of your home? (Check one)

* 2. Have you participated in any of the following recreation activities in the last year? (check all that apply)

* 3. How many times per week do you participate in those activities?  (check one column per row)

  Never < 1 time per month < 1 time per week 1 time per week 2 times per week 3 times per week 4 times per week 5 times per week 6 times per week 7 times per week Other (Please Specify)
Walking for pleasure/fitness
Playground
Nature Observation
Bicycling
Fishing
Golf
Nature Center
Canoe/kayak
Running/jogging
Field Sports
Court Sports
Horseback riding
Environmental Education Programs
Walking pets
Skateboarding/Inline skating
Special Events (Birthdays, reunions)
Water Play
Socializing
Fundraising Events (Fun runs, walks)
Picnicking
Other

* 4. What location did you participate in the following activities?  (check all that apply)
SNP – Starkey Nature Park, 667 Sugarbush Drive                                        
ELM – Elm Street Green, 165 Elm Street                                              
TEN – Tennis Courts and Playground, 115 South Elm Street            
MUL – Mulberry Fields, 9645 Whitestown Road                
CAR – Carter Station, 4643 Pebblepointe Pass                                                   
NAS – Zion Nature Sanctuary                                   
HER – Heritage Trail Park, 4050 S. 875 East                                         
WET – Wetland Reserve, 4392 Greenthread Drive                                             
LIN – Lincoln Park, 41 South Second Street
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  SNP ELM TEN MUL CAR NAS HER WET LIN
Walking for pleasure/fitness
Running/Jogging
Bicycling
Walking pets
Picnicking
Playground Use
Nature observation
Fishing
Golf
Nature Center
Canoe/kayak
Field sports
Court sports
Water play, streams, ponds, etc.
Environmental Education Programs
Skateboarding/Inline skating
Special Events (Birthdays, reunions, etc.)
Socializing
Fundraising Events (Fun runs, walks)
Other

* 5. What location did you participate in the following activities?  (check all that apply)
BIG4 – Big-4 Rail Trail (Zionsville Rail Trail)
CNP- Creekside Nature Park, 11001 East Sycamore Street
CCP – Creekside Corporate Park,
AML – American Legion Trail Crossing, 721 Ford Road                
NAC – Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street
TUR – Turkey Foot Park, 4795 Turkeyfoot Avenue
ZGC – Zionsville Golf Course, 10799 East 550 South
LN – Lion’s Park
SCH – The School – Jennings Field, 1130 Bloor Lane
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  BIG4 CNP CCP AML NAC TUR ZGC LN SCH
Walking for pleasure/fitness
Running/Jogging
Bicycling
Walking pets
Picnicking
Playground Use
Nature observation
Fishing
Golf
Nature Center
Canoe/kayak
Field sports
Court sports
Water play, streams, ponds, etc.
Environmental Education Programs
Skateboarding/Inline skating
Special Events (Birthdays, reunions, etc.)
Socializing
Fundraising Events (Fun runs, walks)
Other

* 6. Do you think Zionsville needs more land for parks, green space and trails? (check one)

* 7. Most great parks systems develop over decades but begin with one generation having a vision for what could be.  Please select the item(s) you or your family would like to see developed in the Town of Zionsville for our children and grandchildren.  (check all that apply)

* 8. Is there interest in building a sports complex/park that incorporates several sports for a variety of ages while also having traditional park activities like playgrounds and picnic areas? (check one)

* 9. How would you rate the physical condition of Zionsville’s parks and facilities? (check one)

* 10. Zionsville Parks and Recreation holds several programs directly.  A few others are cooperative ventures held on town property.  Which programs do you participate in? (check all that apply)

* 11. How do you learn about park program and facility offerings in Zionsville? (check all that apply)

* 12. If you have someone with disabilities in your family, please rate the accessibility of parks and facilities in Zionsville for people with limited mobility? (check one)

* 13. Which of these physical barriers restrict or prevent your using the parks or programs? (check all that apply)

* 14. What is the single most important thing that prevents you from using the parks or programs more? (check one)

* 15. I would like to see the Zionsville Parks and Recreation Department add the following things: (check all that apply)

* 16. I would like to see the Zionsville Parks and Recreational Department add new programs and activities for the following age groups: (check all that apply)

* 17. Would you like Zionsville to invest more money in the parks? (check one)

* 18. How should Zionsville fund new capital improvements features in the parks? (rank from highest to lowest in preferences with 1 being highest)

* 19. Are you willing to pay for improvements in the Zionsville Parks and Recreation programming using any of the following methods? (check all that apply)

* 20. Where would you like to see capital funds for parks focused? (rate in order with 1 being the most important)

* 21. Critical Park and Recreation Funding Question - With final approval by Town Council, Indiana law allows your Park Board to generate capital funds via bond issuance. In its 40-plus years, the department’s only park bond was initiated in 2006 and retires near the end of 2021. This bond completely built 80 acres of parks; Mulberry Fields Park, Turkey Foot Park, American Legion Trail Crossing, Elm Street Green; Plus other, smaller improvements like upgrades along the Rail Trail, etc. Because of this earlier bond these parks were built sooner, and with larger savings, than would have been possible had these same projects been piece mealed through normal yearly budget cycles.
 
As this original bond now heads off the books, a new bond, teamed with grants and donations, would help fund further quality-of-life improvements for the next couple decades. This forward-looking approach could speed such projects as broadening our park trail system, and extending the Rail Trail north and south from its current ends, thereby strengthening ties to our neighboring communities. A new bond could facilitate construction on the upcoming 45-acre Overley-Worman Park. And it will allow completion of additional park projects throughout the community such as new playgrounds in certain parks, etc. Just as importantly, a new bond allows these parks and improvements to be built more quickly and likely less expensively, than funding them in smaller portions over the longer time span.

A new bond issued near the time the old bond cycles off, should allow completion of the projects discussed above and more; and in comparison to the 2006 bond, with even less fiscal impact upon any affected citizens of Zionsville. This is because the Town’s already excellent bond rating has been upgraded at least twice since 2005, the current economy is better than in the mid-to late 2000’s, and the Town’s assessed valuation is larger.

Do you believe this funding approach and timeline improvement is important to implement? (select one)

* 22. What advice, recommendations or comments do you have for the Zionsville Parks and Recreation Board? (write in space provided)

* 23. Please share any additional comments.

* 24. What is your approximate age? (check one)

* 25. What is your gender? (check one)

* 26. Do you have children living at home? (check one)

* 27. Where do you live? (check one)

* 28. What is your approximate annual household income? (check one)

* 29. If you would like to be updated about the Zionsville parks and programs, please leave your preferred method of contact:

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