BY KEVIN BONESKE
The Rhinelander City Council gave its approval Monday to survey city residents this month to help plan for the future use of the city’s parks.
City administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner said the survey, which UW-Extension Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development educator Myles Alexander helped develop for the city, will be included with the Public Service Commission document city residents are sent and will only cost an additional $38.
Last October, the city adopted an outdoor recreation plan. The survey states input from city residents “will help the Parks, Buildings and Grounds Committee, the mayor and city council set priorities for each activity and each park.”
The survey, which asks respondents to rank the top-10 reasons they visit the city’s parks, also asks a series of questions about the city’s two largest parks, Pioneer Park near the downtown area and Hodag Park on Boom Lake.
In addition to asking open-ended questions about what someone’s best memory and his or her vision is for the two parks, the survey asks nine yes-or-no questions – asking whether those parks have adequate parking, trash bins, bathrooms, water fountains, pavilions, picnic tables and grills and are accessible by walking and biking – with space for comments.
The survey also asks residents about what they think the city is doing right regarding the park system, what else they would like to see in the park system and what else they believe the Parks, Buildings and Grounds Committee, mayor and city council need to know as they plan the future parks.
The completed survey forms should be returned to: Rhinelander City Hall, 135 S. Stevens St., Rhinelander, WI 54501.