2017 Open Space and Recreation Plan Survey

The City of Holyoke is updating its 2017 Open Space and Recreation Plan.  This requires community feedback about the direction we should take when planning for Open Spaces (i.e. natural areas) and Recreation (i.e. parks, fields) over the next five years.  When you complete this survey, you will help City Departments develop goals and objectives for the future.

A Massachusetts-approved Open Space and Recreation Plan makes the City eligible for state grant opportunities.  These grants facilitate park improvements and open space preservation.  This plan must be updated periodically to guide the City in protecting open space, providing recreational opportunities, planning future development and expanding the parks system.

What makes Holyoke special to you?  Please tell us so we can work to incorporate your views into the City's vision for Open Space and Recreation planning.

Please take 10-15 minutes to complete this online survey.  Your input is the most important part of this process!!! 

If online surveys are not your preferred mode of participating, please contact the Conservation Commission at 413-322-5615 to receive a paper copy.

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* 2. What is your age?

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* 3. Do you think the following groups have sufficient recreational opportunities?

  Yes No I don't Know
Parents with newborns
Toddlers (1-3)
Pre-Schoolers (4-5)
Elementary School (5-12)
Teenagers (13-19)
Young Adults (19-30)
Adults (30-70)
Elders
Children with a Mobility Impairment
Adults with a Mobility Impairment

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* 4. Do you have any children under 18?

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* 5. How often do you visit the public parks in your neighborhood?

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* 6. How easy is it for people with a mobility impairment to get around in Holyoke?

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* 7. How easy is it for bicycles and pedestrians to get around in Holyoke?

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* 8. In a typical week, how many days do you exercise?

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* 9. When you participate in recreational activities, where do you like to go?

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* 10. What types of new recreational activities would you like to see that do not exist in the City (i.e. swimming, bike clubs, fishing)?

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* 11. Please any check City-Owned facilities that you use at least once a year:

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* 12. If you have not used any City-Owned Recreational Facilities (or Programs) in the past year, please tell us why:

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* 14. What could the City do to make improvements in parks and open space?

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* 15. What is your favorite outdoor place in Holyoke?

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* 16. Are the City's scenic views (Mount Tom, Connecticut River) important to you?

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* 17. What is your favorite place to show visitors when they come to Holyoke?

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* 18. Is permanently protecting open space for future generations important to you?

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* 19. To what extent do the following issues matter to you...

  Very Important Important Not Important Not My Concern
Natural Resources
Habitat
Rural character
Agricultural land
Clean rivers, streams and ponds
Clean groundwater
Using Green Infrastructure to Improve Neighborhood Quality

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* 20. Please rank your open space priorities for Holyoke

  Very Important Important Not Important Not My Concern
Access to water and waterways
Drinking water supply protection
Farmland
Team sports facilities
Outdoor recreation
Scenic views
Wildlife habitat and greenbelts
The City should not spend money on open space

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* 22. What type of growth pattern do you favor for Holyoke?

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* 23. In which neighborhood do you live?

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* 24. The following Recreation objectives were developed during the 2012 Open Space and Recreation Plan.  We would like to know if you think they are still important.  On a scale of 1 - 4, please rank the following:

  Very Important Important Somewhat Important Least Important
Streamline Facility Rentals & Permitting Processes
Stay keenly aware of recreational opportunity programs that are offered throughout the City and conduct a yearly needs assessment for new and ongoing programs.
Improve and develop City recreational facilities and parks
Search for alternative funding sources for programs and parks (grants, collaboration, enterprise accounts)

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* 25. The following Conservation objectives were developed during the 2012 Open Space and Recreation Plan.  We would like to know if you think they are still important.  On a scale of 1 - 4, please rank the following:

  Very Important Important Somewhat Important Least Important
Facilitating the protection of Holyoke's Natural and Cultural resources
Preserve properties that support Holyoke's ground and surface drinking water supplies
Preserve the City's scenic landscapes
Promote the development of local agriculture
Promote the integration of pedestrian network into transportation infrastructure

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* 26. If you are willing to volunteer on a municipal land use board, please provide us with your contact information (name and email):

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* 27. Thank you for your time.  We appreciate it, tremendously.  If you want to talk about open space, feel free to call the Conservation Department at 413/322-5615 or email us at conservation@holyoke.org.  If you think we've missed anything, please feel free to add your comment here!

 
50% of survey complete.

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