City of Santa Maria, CA

03/13/2019 | News release | Archived content

Leisure Needs Assessment


March 15, 2019

The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department is currently conducting an assessment of the community's leisure needs from which the data will be used to develop an action plan. The Recreation and Parks Department wants to hear from all community residents, business owners, sports groups, arts groups, and any other interested parties.

As part of the planning process, a survey will be utilized for assessing the recreation and parks needs of the community. 3,830 randomly selected households will receive surveys in their mailboxes beginning Friday, March 15th. The survey will also be made available online in both English and Spanish by the end of March. Additionally, Spanish-speaking staff will conduct intercept surveys at key locations and events in late March and the first week of April.

This Leisure Needs Assessment and ActionPlan will provide a preliminary evaluation of the City's current leisure desires and demands, expected growth, potential impacts on future community leisure services, and a potential recreation/community center.

A series of community focus groups and public meetings were held in January 2019 to launch the 'information gathering' phase of the project. A Findings Presentation and Visioning Workshop will be held with the Recreation and Parks Commission on Tuesday, May 14th.

The City has hired a nationally-known parks and recreation management consulting firm, GreenPlay, LLC, whose home office is in Louisville, CO, to oversee the Leisure Needs Assessment and Action Plan process.

Questions may be directed to the Recreation and Parks Department at (805) 925-0951 extension 2260.

Department: Recreation and Parks
Contact Person: Dennis Smitherman, Management Analyst I
Telephone Number: (805) 925-0951 ext. 2263
E-mail Address: [email protected]