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04/13/2017 Erie County Parks, Recreation & Forestry Survey

Erie County has commissioned a Parks, Recreation & Forestry Needs Assessment as part of an effort to update the existing parks and recreation master plan.  Community input is an important part of this process and helps the county to best tailor the plan to reflect the community's desires and needs.

A random sampling of residents will be invited to take a survey and these responses will provide statistically valid results.  In addition, the County invites all residents to provide feedback and input through an open-link survey available at 

The results of this survey will provide critical information in determining community values, satisfaction levels, needs and priorities, and demographics for the County's long-term planning efforts.  Questions will be asked about what types of programs, facilities and services residents want in their parks system and where priorities should be placed.

This project is led by the local architecture firm Wendel and GreenPlay, LLC with survey and data work done by RRC Associates.  A total of 5,000 households in Erie County will be mailed a survey, and responses from these residents will comprise the statistically- valid sample.  The open-link survey will give all residents an opportunity to provide feedback, and their responses will be included in the final report.  While open-link results will be kept separate from the statistically valid responses, these responses will none-the-less provide valuable feedback for Erie County.