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Survey on park projects is nearly ready to go

There are a few more tweaks that need to be made here and there, but a community survey to gauge support for a parks referendum this fall is just about ready to go.

On Monday, the Farmington City Council got its first look at the proposed survey, which would be conducted starting later this month. In its original form, the survey contained 28 questions, but following a council review a few will be pulled before residents are asked for their opinions.

The city has contracted with Leisure Vision to conduct the survey. Once completed, the survey will be sent to random Farmington residents, complete with a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return. The city hopes to receive 400 responses - the number guaranteed by the company - through the mailed surveys. If it does not, Leisure Vision representatives will call residents to complete the survey.

The survey is important because it will ask residents things like how much more they would be willing to pay in taxes (if any) for new parks, trails and recreational facilities; what actions they would support to improve the existing parks and recreation system; and, perhaps most important, what they see as needs within the community and how they would prioritize those needs.

In general, council members agreed with most of the proposed questions, though they pulled a few they saw as repetitive or not relevant. Additionally, they requested parks and recreation director Randy Distad to have Leisure Vision restructure the order of several of the categories.

Once those tweaks are taken care of, the survey will be distributed. Results will be used to help the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Farmington City Council decide whether to pursue a referendum for parks and recreation facilities in November. And, if the answer is yes, just how much to ask voters to support.

The city of Farmington is paying Leisure Vision $12,000 to conduct the survey.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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