City of East Chicago

Park Survey for the City of East Chicago



Dear East Chicago Residents,
Thank you for helping with the 2018-2022 Parks & Recreation master planning process in East Chicago. This public input survey will assist the Parks & Recreational Department to understand the needs of the community, set goals for the plan, and get a better understanding of how Parks & Recreational facilities serve the community. Your honest opinions are appreciated.

Part 1: Use Patterns
This Section helps us understand general patterns and use of parks, how often you use the parks, and why.

Q1.1: Please choose the most appropriate answer:

Question: On average, how often do members of your household or you...
 
participate in recreational activities that mainly involve physical activity (such as running, bike riding, working out, playing a sport, etc.)?
participate in recreational activities that mainly involve educational/cultural goals (such as going to museums, taking an art class, visiting a nature center, etc.)?
 
use or visit an East Chicago Park (not including using Community Center and/or indoor recreational facilities)?
 
use or visit an East Chicago Community Center (includes recreational indoor facilities)?
 


Q1.2: Please choose Yes (Y) or No (N) and, if yes, how many times (X) per (/) year.
In the past year have you visited any of the following East Chicago Parks, Recreational Facilities, or Community Centers (CC)??

Park/Center
Park/Center
Tod Park
Smith Park
Jeorse Park Beach/Marina
Bessie Owens CC
Kosciuszko Park
Sunnyside Park
Veteran's Park
Marktown CC
Roxana Park
MLK Park
MacArthur Golf Course
Pennsylvania CC
Washington Park
Roberto Clemente CC
Nunez Park
Roxana Community CC
Riley Park
Jackson Memorial Park
Goodman Park
Martin Luther King CC
Callahan Park
   


Q1.3: Please Check to all that apply.
What
are the main reasons people in your household or you visit or use East Chicago Parks (includes community centers/indoor recreational facilities)?

Picnic   
Adult Sports League   
Child Day Care   
Teen Club/Program   
Playground   
Private Permit Event   
Special Event   
Scheduled Classes   
Children Sports League   
After School Program   
Senior Activity   
To attend a meeting   
Nature Walks   
Other   


Q1.4: Please Choose the answer that best applies.
When using East Chicago Parks and Community Centers, what is the MAIN type of transportation those in your household or you use to reach the Parks?




Part 2: Issue Identification
This section will help us understand what issues you feel are important when using East Chicago parks and will also help identify areas of improvement.

Q2.1: Please Choose the answer that best applies. Rate how well you agree with the following statements describing East Chicago Parks (including community centers/indoor recreational facilities).

Statements referring to East Chicago Parks and Facilities
 
They are easily accessible and located well throughout the city/my neighborhood
They provide more than ample parking for its users
They should provide picnic areas/benches in all the parks
They provide many After School Programs
The Park Staff is very helpful
They are safe for all ages
They provide many Sport Programs for all ages
The Parks and Facilities are very clean
The Facility buildings/Community Centers are in good conditions
The Community Centers are well kept and maintained
They provide well maintained playground equipment
They provide many recreational opportunities
They should provide restroom facilities in all parks
They provide more than ample bike racks
The restrooms provided are adequate in the facilities
Community Parks need to be closer to my neighborhood
I do not go to the beach because of lack of shade and trees
They are handicap accessible


Q2.2: Please Choose the answer that best applies. How satisfied are you overall with the Parks & Facilities in East Chicago?




Q2.3: Please Check all that apply. Out of the following, indicate those that are reasons why you do not use or rarely use the Parks & Facilities in East Chicago?

Unkept   
Unsafe   
No Shade   
Nothing to do   
Not Handicap Accessible   
Proximity   
Other   


Q2.4: Place an X for Enough, Not Enough, Too Much, or Don’t Know
Please indicate your answers in the appropriate columns next to each facility or program.
Do you think there are enough of the facilities or programs provided in your area?


 
Paved paths or sidewalks along streets
Paved bicycle trails connecting neighborhoods
Bike and Hiking trails
Wildlife viewing areas & self-guided nature study trails w/ signs
Picnic tables (for individuals or small groups)
Covered picnic pavilions (for groups and events)
Access to rivers, lakes or ponds for recreational purposes
Cultural events (concerts, art fairs, festivals, etc.)
Historic and interpretive facilities and programs
Playgrounds for school-aged children
Handicap accessible playgrounds
Indoor activities for teens/teen center
Art and other creative activity classes for youths/adults
Nature education programs for children, adults, or families
Activities that promote neighborhood interaction
Basketball courts
Tennis courts
Youth/Adult soccer fields
Youth/Adult baseball, softball and little league fields
Golf courses/driving ranges
Miniature Golf/Batting Cages
Swimming Pools for children and family
Places to hold special events (indoor or outdoor)
Beach/Boardwalk


Q2.5: Rate the following in order of importance (1 being most important, 4 being least important). If the following facilities/parks in East Chicago are to be improved or expanded, rate the order you would like to see them improved?

Most Important:

Second Most Important:

Third Most Important:

Least Important:


Q2.6: Rate the following in order of importance (1 being most important, 4 being least important). If the following facilities/parks in East Chicago are to be created, improved or expanded, rate the order you would like to see them prioritized?

Most Important:

Second Most Important:

Third Most Important:

Least Important:


Part 3: Financing
This section helps us to prioritize funding for running the parks and/or capital improvements.

Q3.1: Please Choose the answer that best applies.
Do you think funding for East Chicago parks and facilities/programs should be increased, decreased or stay the same?



Q3.2: Please Choose the answer that best applies.
Would you support a new bond measure to help fund future parks and upgraded facilities/programs for specific projects identified with input from the community?



Part 4: Demographics
This section is important because it helps understand your background, but in no way are you obligated to answer the questions if you are uncomfortable doing so.

Q4.1 What is your Ethnicity and/or Race?







Q4.2 How many of each age group live in your Household?

1-5:  
6-12:  
13-17:  
18-29:  
30-49:  
50-64:  
65+:  


Q4.3 About how long have you lived in East Chicago?








Q4.4 What is your sex?


Q4.5 What is your average yearly Household Income?










Q4.6 How many bikes are in your Household?






Q4.7 How many cars are in your Household?







Please use the Space below for any additional comments, suggestions or concerns you may have and you would like us to be aware of, for purposes of this plan. We appreciate your input!