The results are in.
On Monday, October 14, Schaumburg Park District officials released the results of the 2019 Community Interest and Opinion Survey.
As part of a resident-driven approach to programming and planning, the District formally surveys residents every five years. Results are analyzed and incorporated into the District’s Comprehensive Master Plan. The most recent Citizen Attitude and Opinion Survey was conducted by ETC Institute, an independent company that specializes in asking park district residents for opinions of leisure services in the community. The compiled results inform elected officials and staff of how residents regard programs, parks, facilities and services.
“There’s no better way to gauge the services we are providing than to go right to the residents,” said Tony LaFrenere, executive director of the District. “The feedback we receive is the cornerstone of the future of parks and leisure services in Schaumburg.”
The previous survey, conducted in 2014, showed that residents wanted the District to focus renovation efforts on the Community Recreation Center. This data was the catalyst for a multi-year renovation project that added significant improvements including additional fitness space, new and enhanced program rooms, and improved locker rooms.
Highlights from the 2019 survey results include:
• 94 percent of households rated Park District parks as “excellent” or “good”.
• 78 percent of respondents indicated they were “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with the overall value their household receives from the Park District.
• 59 percent of households indicated the Park District is the organization used the most for indoor and outdoor recreation activities.
• 45 percent of households indicated they had participated in a Park District program in the past 12 months, 13 percent higher than the national average of 32 percent.
ETC concluded from the results that residents are currently putting a priority on indoor fitness and exercise facilities; walking and biking trails; and fitness and wellness programs.
“We love to give people of all ages the opportunity to be active,” LaFrenere stated. “Whether it be inside or outside, these priorities will be central to our focus moving forward.”
According to LaFrenere, Park District elected officials and staff are analyzing the survey results and using them to revise the Comprehensive Master Plan, with an estimated completion date of January 2020.
To read the entire report, click here. For more information, call 847-985-2115.