Town Parks and Recreation staff are about midway through the process of seeking community input as its 10-Year Master Plan will be updated next year.
Volunteers manned a pavilion at Mayor Bob Leonard Park on Saturday, Aug. 14 where area residents could fill out surveys asking participants to evaluate current and future Town amenities.
Then last Friday, Aug. 20, an on-line version was released, containing about 15 questions “with the focus being what our community wants to see in the future — both facilities and programs/initiatives,” said Parks and Recreation Director Sue Stuhl.
“It will be available via a survey monkey link (there will also be a QR code that will take you to the survey) and everyone is invited and encouraged to participate,” she added. “So you don’t have to be a citizen of Farragut to complete the survey.”
She said the deadline is Sunday, Sept. 12.
While “the survey is anonymous … we will have a drawing for 2 free full-day picnic pavilion rentals for those who are comfortable adding their name and email address,” Stuhl said, adding, “This drawing is an enticement to complete the survey. “
She said staff and volunteers “will continue to do short intercept surveys in person throughout the fall – at Lawn Chair in September, at the parks at random times and possibly at other events.”
The process began earlier this spring, when all four Parks and Rec Committees — Tourism Advisory Board, Arts and Beautification, Museum and Park and Rec — served as “focus groups,” Stuhl said.
Committee members were asked to name strengths and weaknesses, threats and opportunities.
“From these focus groups, an Insider Survey was created,” Stuhl said. “This survey went to all Town elected officials, staff, committee members and volunteers.”
The results will be used by the Parks and Athletics Council to develop a plan, with that body serving as Steering Committee for the Master Plan.
To complete the online survey, visit surveymonkey.com/r/VLYMHXJ