The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) is Vaughan’s emerging downtown. The City of Vaughan is undertaking the VMC Parks and Wayfinding Master Plan to guide the timely development of parks and open spaces in the VMC and create a world class public realm. It includes the creation of a signage strategy to make it easier to navigate Vaughan’s new downtown. The study presents a rare opportunity to think boldly about the city, the way people understand and move through it, and the role of parks and open space in modern urban life. 

What is this survey about?
This survey aims to gain an understanding of how residents, visitors, and employees will use the future parks and open space in the VMC, and what they think the essential character of these spaces should be. The survey will inform the VMC Parks and Wayfinding Master Plan and help to develop a cohesive, diverse, and interconnected parks and open space network in the VMC.

The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Program is a collection of capital works, development projects, and strategic initiatives that shape Vaughan’s emerging downtown. The intent is to build a world-class city based on good urban design practices that includes public spaces that foster community well-being and sustainability.  

Why do we need your input?
Collecting feedback from the community is vital to the success of this plan. Through collaboration with residents and stakeholders, the City is committed to developing a parks and wayfinding master plan that is innovative, accessible, sustainable and safe, and fosters connectivity, physical activity, health and wellness for all citizens. 

Join the conversation that is shaping the future of this space. Participate in this online survey that will take approximately 13 minutes and help shape the future of the VMC’s parks and wayfinding systems. The survey will be available until November 30, 2020.

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1. What is your relationship to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC)? (Please select all that apply.)

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2. How often do you use parks and open spaces?

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3. How do you usually get to a park? (Please select all that apply.)

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4. What is the main reason you go to a park or open space? (Please select up to three.)

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5. If one of your answers above was “Attend a specific event,” please specify below the type of events you enjoy attending in parks and open spaces.

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6. What prevents you from using parks and open spaces more often? (Please select up to three.)

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7. When considering where to live, which of the following are most important to you? (Please rate from 1 to 5, with 1 being not important and 5 being very important.)

  1 - Not Important 2 3 - Neutral 4 5 - Very Important
Convenience of driving and parking
Convenience of public transit and active transportation (walking and cycling)
Outdoor recreation and sport facilities
Parks and green spaces
Places for gathering and socializing
Places for shopping and dining

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8. When it comes to the design of parks and open spaces in the VMC, which goals are important? (Please rate from 1 to 5, with 1 being not important and 5 being very important.)

  1 - Not Important 2 3 - Neutral 4 5 - Very Important
Commerce and economic prosperity
Diversity and multiculturalism
Health and happiness
Sustainability and climate resilience

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9. What types of parks and open spaces do you most enjoy? (Please select all that apply.)

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10. How much time are you willing to walk to a park before deciding to cycle, ride public transit or drive a car?

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11. If you walk to a park that is nearby (10 minutes or less), you expect to find: (Please select up to five.)

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12. If you walk to a park that is at least 20 minutes away, you expect to find: (Please select up to five.)

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13. If you decided to walk or cycle to a park, you would prefer:

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14. What types of park events and activities most interest you? (Please select up to three.)

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15. During peak season (either summer or winter), what types of sports and recreational activities do you or members of your household actively partake in at least once per month? (Please select all that apply.)

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16. How far would you be willing to travel (by car or public transit) to access larger sports fields or courts?

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17. In winter or colder weather, what would bring you to a park? (Please select up to three.)

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18. What would make you consider using parks and open spaces in the evening or after dark? (Please select up to three.)

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19. What is your favourite park, and what is one feature that makes it better than all others?

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20. When you are visiting an unfamiliar area, how do you prefer to find your way around?

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21. When you are in a park, you prefer: (Please select all that apply.)

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22. Which of the following destinations, places, landmarks, or amenities would be most valuable to you on a sign in an unfamiliar area? (Please select up to three.)

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