Information to better understand current Regional Parks System visitors
The Council, with the help of ISG
, administered a questionnaire to regional park and trail visitors in the summer of 2016. Data was collected in 65 parks, park reserves, special recreation features, and 52 trails throughout the 7-county metropolitan region.
5,459 regional park and trail visitors completed the questionnaire
Hiking, walking and biking are the most popular activities
Visitors to regional parks and trails visit often (Mean = 56 times a year)
Nearly all (95%) of regional park and trail visitors rated the quality, services, and recreation opportunities as either good or very good
Significant differences emerged based on park or trail use, visitor demographics, and among the various regional park implementing agencies.
Information gleaned from the study will be used to help inform regional park and trail planning and management. Data gathered will also be used to update inputs used in funding formulas specified in state statute.
See the FULL REPORT: 2016 Regional Parks and Trails Visitor Study Report (90 pages, 4 MB pdf
See a BRIEF TEXT SUMMARY of the 2016 Regional Parks and Trails Visitor Study Report (4 pages, pdf)