St. Clair County Parks and Rec Community Survey
Welcome to our survey.
Thank you for taking our survey of the St. Clair County Parks System. The survey will only take a few minutes of your time. Your responses will be used to help us improve our county parks in the future.
 
Background:
The St. Clair County Parks and Recreation Commission is funded by a 0.50-mill property tax, approved by the voters, that is dedicated solely to developing and maintaining county parks.
 
The commission operates six facilities:
·         The 327-acre Goodells County Park, which hosts the county 4-H Fair and numerous special events each summer.
·         The 30-acre Fort Gratiot County Park off Metcalf Road, which includes Lake Huron beachfront, a playground and walking trails.
·         The 385-acre Columbus County Park, along the Belle River, which is used for biking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing and access to the river.
·         The 12-mile-long Wadhams-to-Avoca Trail, which is used by walkers, bikers and horseback riders.
·         The 44-acre Woodsong County Park on Rynn Road in Clyde Township, formerly owned by the Girl Scouts, is used for walking, nature study and access to the Black River.
·         The 6-acre Fort Gratiot Light Station in Port Huron, is being restored to preserve and make available to the public the oldest lighthouse in Michigan.
The county property tax for parks and recreation also helps fund your local city or township parks. Twenty-five percent of that tax is returned to local governments for their use to improve and maintain their parks and recreation facilities.
 
Thank you for helping us improve the recreational opportunities in St. Clair County.
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1. When were you born?
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2. You are ...
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3. What is your postal ZIP code?
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4. What are the ages of the children currently living in your household? Mark all that apply.
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5. How many years have you lived in St. Clair County?
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6. Over the course of a year, how often do you visit or use any of the county park facilities, for any reason? (Goodells County Park, Fort Gratiot County Park, Columbus County Park, the Wadhams-to-Avoca Trail, Woodsong County Park or the Fort Gratiot Light Station)
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7. Please indicate all the parks  you have visited or plan to visit.
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8. Why do you visit one or more of our six county parks? (Mark all that apply)
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9. Do you visit a park (either a county park or a local park) as part of your exercise or health and fitness routine?
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10. Do you or your children use the playground or recreational facilities when visiting a park?
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11. Please complete the following statement (mark all that apply):
“I would use a public park more often if it …”
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12. If you were designing or improving a public park, what would be your top 3 priorities? (Please mark only 3)
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13. Please complete the following statement: (pick as many as apply)
“If it were up to me, I would like to see …”
Setting priorities
The County Parks & Recreation Commission is constantly looking at ways to improve and expand recreational opportunities in the county. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being Lowest Priority and 5 being Highest Priority, please rate the following options you would like to see the county consider as it looks at its annual budget:
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14. Buy or acquire new park properties around the county.
Lowest PriorityHighest Priority
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15. Help local governments acquire and develop new sections of the regional Bridge-to-Bay hiking and biking trail, which ultimately is planned to connect with the Wadhams-to-Avoca Trail.
Lowest PriorityHighest Priority
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16. Acquire additional railroad right-of-way to extend the Wadhams-to-Avoca Trail onward to Yale.
Lowest PriorityHighest Priority
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17. Provide local governments with universally accessible canoe and kayak launches, at their request. Those governments then would be responsible for operating and maintaining the launches.
Lowest PriorityHighest Priority
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18. Help local governments finance new skate parks: places for skateboarding, roller-blading and related roller activities.
Lowest PriorityHighest Priority
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19. Expand barrier-free access to county parks and trails.   
Lowest PriorityHighest Priority
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20. Expand and/or add facilities at Goodells County Park.    
Lowest PriorityHighest Priority
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21. Expand and/or add facilities at Fort Gratiot County Park.  
Lowest PriorityHighest Priority
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22. Add paved parking and public restrooms at the Fort Gratiot Light Station.
Lowest PriorityHighest Priority
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23. Add paved trails at Columbus County Park.    
Lowest PriorityHighest Priority
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24. Add mountain biking and equestrian trails at Columbus County Park.    
Lowest PriorityHighest Priority
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25. Develop an accessible trail down to the Black River at Woodsong County Park.  
Lowest PriorityHighest Priority
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26. Assist with the development of local dog parks.   
Lowest PriorityHighest Priority
27. What is your overall opinion of any or all of the six county park facilities you have visited? (Goodells County Park, Fort Gratiot County Park, Columbus County Park, the Wadhams-to-Avoca Trail, Woodsong County Park or the Fort Gratiot Light Station)
28. What is your overall opinion of the public park CLOSEST to your home (whether it’s a county, city or township park)?
29. Please offer any comments, ideas or suggestions you may have about park facilities in the county.
Enter our prize drawing
We want to thank you for your help. To be eligible for a prize drawing from among people like you who have completed this survey, please give us your name, daytime telephone number and email address.
30. How to enter
31. To get more information about your county parks
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