Citizens voice needs to Park Board

Friday, January 8, 2021

The Alta Park Board conducted a survey that concluded the beginning of this month to gather information about what residents want recreationally. Their goal was to survey citizens of Alta to assist in planning for future park development.

“We decided to do the survey to see what the community wants as far as trails, recreation and parks,” Park Board Chair Heidi Reetz said. Survey respondents numbered 156, and Reetz appreciated the comments and suggestions. “It was very helpful. Hopefully going forward we can set our budget up to provide what residents want.”

Half of the survey respondents have children between the ages of 5 and 13. Some results are as follows:

53.9% of respondents said it is very important to have a hard surface, scenic walking trail around the edge of Alta.

34.8% said it is very important to have a hard surface walking trail through the city park.

34.6% said it is very important to have a new, all age friendly playground next to the Shelter House.

22.6% said it is very important to have park benches located throughout the city park.

17.3% said it is very important to have an extended cement area around the shelter house to have a larger area for tables.

13.5% said it is very important to have outdoor fitness equipment in the park area.

9% said it is very important to have an outdoor cement skate park.

6.4% said it is very important to have a “zip line” type feature located in the city park.

Extensive feedback was received about the city pool. 51.3% of respondents said improvements to the pool is very important. Suggestions include adding a slide or waterslide, having the pool open on a regular basis and having reliable staff. Improvements for younger children include providing a zero depth pool entry, splash pads and swim lessons.

In miscellaneous survey comments, most respondents want better and modern playground equipment, a walking trail, tennis and basketball courts, a disc golf course and picnic tables. A few respondents would prefer that city funds go to infrastructure projects rather than to recreation.