Sandy asks greater community opinions, desires for recreation
When Sandy City Council closed the Olin Y. Bignall Aquatic Center on May 31, they told the community the closure would be temporary and that councilors would be researching funding options to reopen the pool as soon as possible.
As part of the effort to find funding options, the city has sent a survey out to 4,000 randomly chosen households in and around Sandy to assess the needs and desires of the greater community in terms of recreation.
The surveys were sent to households with at least one registered voter in Sandy, and in communities such as Estacada, Boring and the Mount Hood villages, where residents have traditionally traveled to Sandy to use the recreational facilities. So, check your mail, because you could be one of the 4,000 who've been queried.
"The council is trying to figure out the 'what,'" City Councilor Jordan Wheeler said. "Do people think we need a parks district or an aquatics district?"
The survey asks questions along the lines of "How often do you use the city parks?" and "What should an aquatic center include?"
There are also questions specifically asking for opinions on how to use the Sandy Community Campus space.
The councilors hope the survey will help them decide what type of recreational hub the community would want: just a pool or more. That will determine the kind of tax district they propose with a ballot measure.
"This will help us find out what to propose to voters," Wheeler explained. "It all really depends on what comes back from these surveys. This is one of those key community input opportunities to help the council develop a plan for the pool."
After the survey results are in, the city will follow up with a telephone poll in early 2020 to gauge feasibility of proposing a district.
"I think people will hopefully be excited we're asking for their opinions and getting a good representative sample," Wheeler said.
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