Community-wide Survey on Parks and Recreation District Facilities Needs Coming Soon
Bismarck Residents Asked to Provide Feedback
The Bismarck Parks and Recreation District (BPRD) Board of Park Commissioners is reaching out to all Bismarck residents in the coming weeks to gather input regarding future recreation facility needs. A survey, which will be found on yellow paper in the center of the BPRD Spring/Summer Activity Guide, will ask residents to weigh in on the need for a new indoor recreation complex. The Activity Guide is mailed to all Bismarck residents three times per year.
Bismarck residents turned down a sales tax measure for a community recreation complex in June of 2020. The survey provides an opportunity for citizens who did not support the measure to explain why they voted no. In addition, respondents can rate various potential components of a new facility as well as the amount of a sales tax measure they would support.
“Our goal in conducting the survey is to allow every citizen to have a voice in the planning process,” explains Executive Director Randy Bina. “As our community continues to grow and the demand for additional programming increases, we know we need to do something with our facilities. This survey will play a critical role in guiding that process.”
To assist with data gathering efforts, BPRD is working with Community Perceptions, an independent firm with expertise in conducting community surveys. All survey data is returned to Community Perceptions to ensure respondent anonymity. Residents can either complete the paper survey found inside the Activity Guide and return it to Community Perceptions as instructed on the survey or log on to the website listed on the survey and take it online. The survey data is regulated by a survey access code that is printed on the survey. If a household would like a second survey or code for other adults in their household they can call the Park and Recreation District office.
Residents have until 5pm April 19, 2021 to complete the survey.
Survey results will be presented at the May Board of Park Commissioners’ meeting and will also be available on the BPRD website.
For additional information, please contact BPRD at (701) 222-6455.