Cleveland identifies top priorities for parks and rec master plan
We're no Pawnee, Indiana, but Cleveland is gearing up to put parks and recreation in the spotlight.
Why it matters: Feedback from more than 500 residents in a newly released "community needs assessment" by landscape architecture firm Olin will steer the city's 15-year master plan, which Mayor Justin Bibb launched last year.
The latest: Olin will present the survey's results to Cleveland City Council's municipal services and properties committee on Monday at 9am.
What they found: Maintenance was respondents' top concern. Half said poor upkeep is a major barrier to their visiting city parks and rec centers.
- 38% cited a "poor or uncomfortable atmosphere."
- Only 23% said their local rec center is in "excellent" or "good" condition.
Yes, but: Respondents generally said parks are in better shape than rec centers.
No surprise here: In five of the city's seven geographic areas surveyed, a pool was voted as the most important indoor amenity.
- Outdoors, respondents across town wanted versions of the same three things: paved multipurpose trails, unprogrammed green space and ... more pools.
Between the lines: Though most respondents said parks and rec programming is "excellent" or "good," 40% said the lack of communication and publicity is a barrier.
The intrigue: Bibb has proposed using some of the money from a massive new tax-increment-financing district downtown — the "Shore-to-Core-to-Shore" plan — toward parks and rec projects identified in the master plan.
🧐 What we're watching: Will funding for prized neighborhood rec centers be enough to entice council members to support Bibb's unprecedented financing proposal?
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