Over the summer we surveyed Eugene residents, with the help of the Turell Group, to better understand perceptions of our parks and recent maintenance improvements made possible through the 2018 Levy funding. 2,096 people completed the survey including 123 in a Spanish language version.
We found that Eugene loves our parks and they are important to the quality of life of nearly all survey respondents. Residents continue to express the importance of the levy and notice significant improvements in parks since its passing.
This year’s survey again showed that park usage and illegal camping were key factors in respondents feeling safe. Due to the concentration of camping in the temporary sites at Washington-Jefferson Park and along 13th, there was a decrease in camping throughout the rest of the parks system in 2021.
We appreciate the time residents take each year to complete this survey. It helps us understand our effectiveness and continuously improve our service. One example of this is in the Bethel-Danebo neighborhood.
Last year those surveyed in Bethel-Danebo tended to rate parks lower than the rest of the community. This year, however, they rated the importance of parks, the worth of the levy, and the overall cleanliness and safety of their parks higher. Recently, the City has worked on many fronts to improve the parks and recreation experience for this neighborhood. An increased safety presence and regular work parties at the underused Gilbert Park, new turf fields at Meadow View and Willamette Highschool, improvements at Golden Garden Parks, and the installation of a new fence at Trainsong Park are just a few examples.
As we strive to serve Eugene in the best ways possible, this survey will go a long way in helping us understand the needs and desires of those in our community.
Read the full 2021 survey results.