FARMINGTON — Outcomes from a park survey for town of Farmington present that contributors contemplate water actions, akin to a splash park and swimming, of excessive significance for recreation at a park and say a sense of security and wonder are parts that draw them to a park.
Sarah Geurtz, with Earthplan Design Alternate options in Springdale, stated 39 folks initially responded to the survey. The survey was then reopened, and it closed about three weeks later with feedback from 270 folks.
Even with the extra curiosity, outcomes mainly stayed the identical, Geurtz informed members of Farmington Planning Fee throughout their Nov. 22 assembly.
Geurtz introduced findings from the survey to the fee that evening.
Of the respondents, 72% lived in Farmington metropolis limits and about 50% of the respondents have been within the 30-49 age group. One other 30% have been within the 50-59 age group.
The survey requested contributors about passive recreation and lively recreation actions.
For passive, 63% stated they’d get pleasure from mountaineering and nature walks if these actions are provided at parks. About 39% stated they like nature, wildlife and chicken viewing and about 33% stated they’d get pleasure from, if provided, a canine park and bicycling.
For lively actions, about 60% stated they’d get pleasure from a splash park and swimming if it was provided at a park. Different lively recreation actions loved are a kids’s playground (53%), historic or archeological websites (24%) and predominant sports activities (14-23%).
Soccer, skateboarding and bicycle motocross have been listed as actions of decrease significance, based mostly on the survey outcomes.
Respondents have been requested the significance of park parts that draw them to go to a park. Survey outcomes confirmed 83% stated a sense of security is of excessive significance. Others: magnificence (66%), park location (63%), strolling and jogging (57%) and youngsters’s play (51%). Lively sports activities play and social gatherings have been actions of decrease significance in attracting the respondents to a park.
The survey additionally requested contributors what they want to see in Farmington parks within the subsequent 10 to twenty years, and outcomes present that kids’s play and inexperienced house as a refuge together with picnic areas have been ranked as the very best in significance for the long run. Others included ecological preservation, areas to calm down, house for sports activities and play, and walkable distances to parks.
Geurtz stated her “takeaways” from the survey are that town might have a look at methods to boost security, akin to fencing of playgrounds, extra lighting, open areas and to proceed with town’s repairs of the park.
Geurtz stated different fascinating parts for parks, in line with the survey outcomes, could be extra kids’s playgrounds, trails, strolling and mountaineering paths, splash park and/or swimming.
Farmington’s inhabitants, in line with the 2020 census is 7,584 folks, and town is projected to develop to greater than 15,500 by 2045, based mostly on estimates from the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Fee.
The minimal normal for park land, Geurtz stated, is 10 acres per 1,000 folks. Town meets this normal now with 83.21 acres within the park system. If town grows as projected, it will want 72 extra acres by 2045. A technique to assist attain this, Geurtz stated, could be a partnership to permit faculty yards to be open to the general public after hours.
One other issue to contemplate with parks, Geurtz stated, is how lengthy it takes folks to get to a park. Based on the survey, 34% stated they’d be keen to spend as much as 10 minutes strolling to a park and 21% stated they’d be keen to spend 20 minutes strolling to a park. In a associated query, 40% stated they’d be keen to drive 5-10 minutes to get to a park.
“Proper now, there is a large push to have parks inside 10 minutes of everybody as a objective,” Geurtz informed fee members. “Thirty-two (32) % of Farmington residents reside inside a 10-minute stroll of a park.”
Geurtz stated town’s grasp park plan ought to have a imaginative and prescient assertion with objectives and goals. She provided a draft imaginative and prescient assertion, together with draft objectives and goals.
The draft imaginative and prescient assertion says Farmington can be recognized for its lovely parks, and the parks will encourage interconnections by way of a walkable, family-friendly neighborhood and park system. The parks will promote bodily and psychological well being for all.
Draft objectives embrace pedestrian connections all through the neighborhood, a mix of park sizes the place acceptable, one thing for all skills and ages and preserving the pure historic great thing about the parks.
Geurtz stated the commisssion could have continued discussions to create a grasp park plan. These discussions will embrace taking a look at tendencies for parks, what’s one of the simplest ways to include parks into town and placement of future parks.
When a draft plan is prepared, the fee will maintain a listening to to get public enter. The ultimate doc should be adopted by Farmington Metropolis Council.