Dunwoody residents want pathways and trails, improved parks, an open pavilion for concerts and performances, outdoor athletic fields, and a performing arts center, according to citizen survey results seeking feedback on the city’s parks and recreation offerings.

 

The 2013 grand opening of the Brook Run trail brought out the crowds.

The 2013 grand opening of the Brook Run trail brought out the crowds.

A survey was mailed to 3,000 random residents in March with 661 responses returned to the city, according the Colorado-based RRC Associates which conducted the survey. A web survey was also opened to the public from March 17 through April 18 and gathered 962 responses, for a total of 1,623 survey responses.

 

Results of the survey include:

 

–39 percent of respondents said pathways and trails a top priority.

 

–33 percent of respondents said they wanted improved park amenities.

 

–29 percent said they wanted an open pavilion for concerts and performances.

 

–26 percent said they wanted a theater/performing arts center.

 

–83 percent said they wanted community events.

 

–62 percent said they wanted wellness programs.

 

In open-ended comments about Brook Run Park, respondents put athletic fields (baseball and soccer) as the top priority followed by adding an amphitheater or pavilion for concerts.

“Respondents most often suggested that the top priority for new amenities or improvements to existing amenities at Brook  Run  Park  are  athletic  fields  including  baseball  and  soccer  fields,  and  adding  an amphitheater/pavilion  for  concerts  and  shows,” the survey states.

“Respondents commented that adding and maintaining the bathrooms as well as connecting and expanding the trails in Brook Run Park were priorities, as well. Respondents also indicated support for more lights and more parking, and to add a recreation center/indoor complex for activities,” according to the survey.

The topic of whether or not to save the shuttered building in Brook Run Park to turn it into a theater or community center drew many negative responses to using city tax money to do so.

And when it comes to funding new parks and recreation facilities and other improvements, 47 percent of respondents said they would “probably” or “definitely” support a bond referendum.

A new dedicated sales tax garnered 44 percent support from respondents, followed by 33 percent supporting a general property tax levy and 25 percent in support of a new dedicated property tax.

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