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2006 Citizen Survey Results

RECREATION AND CULTURE

Respondents gave overall ratings of good to recreation programs and facilities for seniors, adults and youth/teens, with no significant changes in the ratings compared to previous surveys (Figure 16). As was true in previous surveys, respondents rated senior and adult programs and facilities somewhat higher than the programs and facilities for youth/teens (Figure 16 and Table 12).
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0 to 12 = very bad, 13 to 37 = bad, 38 to 62 = average, 63 to 87 = good, 88 to 100 = very good
Table 12
OVERALL RECREATION PROGRAMS AND FACILITIES RATINGS
  Very Good Good Average Bad Very Bad No Opinion
Senior recreation programs and facilities overall 19.5% 29.0% 10.6% 0.6% 0.0% 40.3%
Adult recreation programs and facilities overall 16.7% 36.9% 18.3% 1.7% 0.0% 26.5%
Youth/teen recreation programs and facilities overall 9.4% 23.7% 14.9% 4.3% 1.0% 46.7%

Consistent with the overall ratings, respondents gave the Fort Collins Senior Center the highest mean rating of all the facilities (Figure 17 and Table 13). They gave the Northside Aztlan Community Center and the Youth Activity Center relatively lower ratings than other facilities, but the ratings for all facilities were in the range of good.

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0 to 12 = very bad, 13 to 37 = bad, 38 to 62 = average, 63 to 87 = good, 88 to 100 = very good
Table 13
RECREATIONAL FACILITIES RATINGS
  Very Good Good Average Bad Very Bad No Opinion
Fort Collins Senior Center 32.1% 29.9% 7.9% 0.4% 0.1% 29.6%
Edora Pool Ice Center 24.0% 35.9% 10.2% 1.0% 0.1% 28.8%
Golf courses 18.6% 31.6% 10.8% 0.4% 0.1% 38.5%
Athletic fields 19.0% 36.3% 13.5% 1.4% 0.1% 29.8%
Mulberry Pool 12.2% 31.6% 13.4% 2.2% 0.4% 40.3%
Youth Activity Center 11.5% 21.8% 13.1% 4.7% 1.1% 47.8%
Northside Aztlan Community Center 6.0% 16.9% 12.7% 2.7% 0.1% 61.6%

Respondents have consistently given relatively high mean ratings to parks, trails and open space. They gave mean ratings well within the range of good to all three (Figure 18 and Table 14). Respondents also gave a mean rating of good to cemeteries.

Ratings for natural areas and open space have been trending upward since the first survey was conducted in 2001. The mean rating of 82 in 2006 represents a significant increase over the rating of 76 in 2001.

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0 to 12 = very bad, 13 to 37 = bad, 38 to 62 = average, 63 to 87 = good, 88 to 100 = very good
Table 14
PARKS, TRAILS AND OPEN SPACE RATINGS
  Very Good Good Average Bad Very Bad No Opinion
Recreational trails 39.3% 41.2% 8.0% 0.6% 0.0% 10.8%
Natural areas and open space 38.7% 43.5% 9.3% 0.9% 0.5% 7.1%
Parks 39.6% 42.6% 12.1% 0.4% 0.1% 5.2%
Cemeteries 15.6% 30.4% 16.4% 0.6% 0.1% 36.8%

Respondents gave all cultural and educational facilities and programs mean ratings of good. However, they rated the Farm in Lee Martinez Park somewhat higher than the others, and the Art in Public Places program somewhat lower (Figure 19 and Table 15).

Ratings for Lincoln Center programs, library services and the Fort Collins Museum have not changed significantly, compared to past surveys. Any change in ratings from survey to survey has been due to random variation.

A few respondents (less than 1%) wrote comments requesting that library drop boxes be brought back into service.

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0 to 12 = very bad, 13 to 37 = bad, 38 to 62 = average, 63 to 87 = good, 88 to 100 = very good
Table 15
CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES AND PROGRAMS RATINGS
  Very Good Good Average Bad Very Bad No Opinion
The Farm in Lee Martinez Park 26.3% 33.1% 8.5% 0.5% 0.3% 31.3%
Gardens on Spring Creek 14.5% 26.7% 9.4% 0.9% 0.1% 48.3%
Lincoln Center programs 24.7% 42.1% 17.2% 1.8% 0.3% 14.0%
Public library services 26.6% 37.8% 21.0% 1.7% 0.3% 12.7%
Pottery studio 7.0% 15.0% 7.8% 0.3% 0.0% 70.0%
Educational classes for children 11.7% 26.8% 11.8% 1.4% 0.1% 48.1%
Fort Collins Museum 14.1% 31.3% 20.9% 1.1% 0.0% 32.6%
Art in Public Places program 8.8% 24.8% 18.3% 3.4% 0.9% 43.8%