The Morningside Neighborhood Association and the City of Salem have partnered to update the Morningside Neighborhood Plan. Work to prepare the new Morningside Neighborhood Plan – called Morningside 360 – began in September 2011 and is scheduled to wrap up in August 2012. Morningside residents, business operators, property owners and other interested parties are invited to contribute their ideas for the new plan.

We've received over 60 comments on PARKS & OPEN SPACE, and BIKE & PEDESTRIAN CONNECTIVITY to-date. This survey is designed to assist us in prioritizing these comments to ultimately formulate plan goals, policies and actions items. Thanks for your help!

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* 1. Which of the following best describes you?

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* 2. I have lived and/or operated a business in the Morningside neighborhood for:

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* 3. On a scale of 1 (lowest priority) to 7 (highest priority), how would you prioritize the following Morningside Plan Update comments regarding Parks & Open Space

  1 (lowest priority) 2 3 4 5 6 7 (highest priority)
Make sure “recreation” (sports) opportunities include ample off-street parking
Linear parks should be located along creeks and in riparian corridors throughout Morningside, including along the railroad
The future Hilfiker Park design should include buffers from the proposed future minor arterial, with amenities placed away from the future right-of-way
There should be more restrooms in parks
Parks should have more amenities for kids
We should maintain and enhance existing park buildings
Fix up what we have; focus on beautification
Update Morningside Park play equipment
Have a loose leash dog park
Provide more opportunities for people to interact and more nature attractions
The City should consider an indoor/outdoor arboretum where people can walk even when it’s raining and enjoy nature
Create places where people can meet that don’t require money and eating
Preserve park trees
Morningside Neighborhood Association supports the development of a park on the Hilfiker property (at the east end of Hilfiker, east of Commercial Street).
The future Hilfiker Park should not be adjacent to an arterial
Maintain diversity of vegetation as it also supports a variety of wildlife
Keep green areas adjacent to and along all waterways
Emphasize remote viewing of natural / resource sites rather than physical access
Trees need to be promoted and cared for properly in the landscape
The plan should include a definition of 'open space,' and what it should include
The Plan should include a recommendation for a definition of open space, or types of open space, including specific planting and vegetation standards
Enhance and protect the Pringle and Clark Creek watersheds from environmental damage so as to increase recreational value and educational use of the watersheds.
Support the maintenance of adequate buffers along creeks to minimize pollution, protect riparian corridors and improve stream health
Ensure a balance between regulations and individual property rights
Plant trees along streets – improve the beauty of the neighborhood
Need more neighborhood parks
Develop a community garden
Explore opportunity for larger, regional park (in southern-central portion of Morningside) near reservoir – but also need parks to serve neighborhood
Need inviting nearby parks so children and families can play outdoors – increase physical activity and health
Develop a regional park at the potemtial reservoir site on Reed Road
Need more open spaces and neighborhood parks
Classify the un-named Fairview Community Park as a woodland amenity rather than as an active recreational park
Level areas north of the hilltop in the un-named Reed Road Urban Park may be developed for ballfields
The neighborhood plan should I.D. the strong need for parkland and open space in Morningside
The plan neighborhood plan should emphasize opportunities for neighborhood/City partnerships for park development and maintenance
The neighborhood plan should emphasize partnerships with park benefactors (Nature Conservancy, Rivers Conservancy , etc) to oversee operations at some parks
Top priorities should include safety and providing more recreation facilities
The neighborhood should support venues for sports activities without causing parking and traffic problems to nearby residents
A sports park should be located in Morningside – similar to Wallace Marine with ball fields and spectator accommodations.
Provide and maintain sufficient park and recreational facilities within the Morningside Neighborhood to meet the needs of its residents
The advance acquisition of neighborhood parks shall be encouraged so that prime sites are assured to provide a more livable environment and varied recreational opportunities for neighborhood residents
The acquisition and development of additional parks throughout Morningside and especially in the southern portion of the neighborhood shall be encouraged
Parks should be designed so that there is good visibility from the street and from nearby residences
Encourage promotion of destination opportunities in parks
Encourage development of walkable neighborhood parks as well as regional parks

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* 4. On a scale of 1 (lowest priority) to 7 (highest priority), how would you prioritize the following Morningside Plan Update comments regarding Bike and Pedestrian Connectivity

  1 (lowest priority) 2 3 4 5 6 7 (highest priority)
Much of Morningside has no sidewalks; needs connectivity to bike paths
Provide more sidewalks
Focus on cycling/walking paths to schools and more direct routes
Increase bicycle lanes and trails
Provide more secure bicycle routes
Multi-use paths should be located along creeks and in riparian corridors throughout Morningside, including along the railroad
Connectivity should be a top priority between schools, sidewalks, and parks
Develop or enhance the City's parks/open space/trails acquisition program
The intent should be to provide park and open space sites and facilities that are easily accessible to neighborhood residents by walking or bicycling
Make it easier and safer for children to walk or bike to school
Time to push for complete sidewalks in residential streets and at least one side of main arterials; “enhance connectivity”
Add more sidewalks and more bike lanes
Support Safe routes to schools
Install streetlights so it is safe to walk at night
More sidewalks to promote sustainable living
Need better walking / bike access to retail on Commercial.
Need to be able to safely walk to retail
Need a bike / pedestrian path to downtown
Top priorities should include street lights and sidewalks in the older neighborhoods
Make Morningside safer/easier to walk around
Sidewalks, walkways and bikeways shall be provided in order to ensure safe access to parks as well as present and future school sites, and in order to minimize pedestrian and vehicular safety hazards

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* 5. On a scale of 1 (strongly agree) to 5 (strongly disagree), how would you rate the following Morningside Bike & Pedestrian Connectivity priorities identified to-date?

  1 (strongly agree) 2 3 (neutral) 4 5 (strongly disagree)
Establish a multi-use path along Pringle Creek
Support creation of a bike corridor linking Morningside to downtown
Install sidewalks on Pringle Rd SE, north of Madrona
Install sidewalks and bike lanes on Ratcliff Dr SE to connect neighborhoods to Commercial St
Focus on filling-in gaps in sidewalk network along Battle Creek Rd Se
Prioritize installing robust pedestrian crosswalk facilities at the intersection of Commercial St SE and 12th St Cutoff
Prioritize installing a robust pedestrian crosswalk facility across Pringle Rd SE in the vicinty of the Copper Glen neighborhood and Leslie Middle School

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* 6. Share your ideas! Please add your comments regarding Morningside Parks & Open Space, and Bike & Pedestrian Connectivity.

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