Mountain Recreation launched an online survey last week to gauge the quality of its current programs and the accessibility of its facilities. The survey will be available in English and Spanish until Sunday 10 April.
The local recreation district will use the data to allow Mountain Recreation staff to assess community needs and lay the groundwork for future programs, activities and events.
“Mountain Recreation is no longer the district it used to be,” Anna Englehart, superintendent of recreation programs at Mountain Recreation, said in a news release announcing the investigation. “Over the past 20 years the district has grown tremendously and we have had to evolve as the needs of our community have changed. We want to get a sense of how we serve our community, identify gaps in service, and be able to modify our offerings, if necessary, to further maximize spaces that are already over capacity. »
The Recreation District encourages all Eagle County residents to participate, even if they don’t live within the district boundaries — which stretch from Dotsero to Edwards and McCoy in the north. According to the release, respondents will be asked a variety of questions covering frequency of facility use and program attendance, barriers to entry, need for current programs, interest in potential future programs and increased outdoor recreation programs in the district.
All questions are designed to understand the current impact of these offerings on the Eagle County community and identify how the district can evolve to meet emerging needs.
The community survey departs from the Recreation District’s recent capital improvement surveys, which were conducted to inform its All-Access Plan. The All Access plan calls for $60 million in improvements — which it will fund primarily through a $40 million factory tax hike if voters approve it in May — to its three main facilities. Capital improvement surveys have helped the district identify space and amenity needs.
This community survey, although intertwined with these previous surveys, has a different purpose and will provide different data to the organization.
“The purpose of this survey is not to identify new spaces and amenities that our community needs; they’ve already told us through extensive surveys, board meetings and Q&As,” said Eddie Campos, director of marketing and communications for Mountain Recreation. “Instead, this survey aims to assess whether the District’s programs are serving all residents, to assess the quality of its programs, and where the District can potentially improve and add new programs to fill service gaps.”
While Campos said listening to and acting on the needs of his community has always been part of his approach, the launch of this survey follows a diversity, equity and inclusion effort that the district has begun to actively pursue in January 2021. At this time, the district launched a push to directly create a sense of belonging in its programs and facilities. This survey will help inform these efforts and ensure community members feel that sense of belonging.
“Our process has always been to ask our community what they need first, instead of providing offers that we think the community wants. We want Mountain Recreation to be able to strategically adapt and move beyond traditional government-run recreation,” Campos said in the statement. “We want to create welcoming community centers for everyone. We hope this survey will give everyone a chance to shape how we, as a community, take care of our health together.
The Mountain Rec Community Survey is available at MountainRec.org/survey now until Sunday, April 10. For more information, please contact Englehart at [email protected].
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