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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Community Members Encouraged to Complete Survey as Part of Sports & Recreation Gap Analysis
March 8, 2023 -The City of Rochester is committed to providing quality parks, recreation facilities and programs for all community members. The City has engaged a sports and wellness facility consulting firm, to conduct a gap analysis to assess current sports and recreation facilities. This work is a part of Rochester’ Local Sales Tax projects. Community members are asked and encouraged to participate in a brief online survey, which will be open until March 26, 2023.
“The data collected through this survey will provide important information in regards to community needs, opinion on current facilities, and where the gaps in service are as it relates to community use. The insight provided through this survey will be used when analyzing the market and is an important factor in making recommendations for current asset improvements as well as future development,” shared Cyle Erie, Project Executive with ISG.
The online survey focuses on gathering data to better understand community needs, desires, past and current use of existing facilities, and potential use of a new sports and recreation complex that may be considered as part of future recreation enhancements. Responses to these questions will complement the research and help to inform the City's decisions and planning for potential future facility development.
Since 2003, the SFC has been fulfilling their mission to improve the health and economic vitality of the communities they serve. Comprised of Sports Facilities Advisory, Sports Facilities Management, and Sports Facilities Development, they have become the trusted resource for communities who want to plan, fund, develop, or operate sports, recreation, entertainment and fitness centers. In this time, SFCguided projects in over 2,000 communities nationwide and overseen $10 billion in developed projects.
Other project-consulting partners include ISG, a local to Rochester and national leader in Sports and Recreational Facility Design and LSE Architects, a design leader in Community based projects and a Black owned Minneapolis based firm who focuses on diversity and inclusion and design that reflects the communities being served. Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association (IMAA), a Rochester based organization and project partner.
In addition to this survey, a Community Working Group will be gathered in the coming weeks to provide assistance to the process. Over the coming months, there will be additional digital surveys as well as in person engagement activities. More information about the Local Sales Tax projects and process can be found at Rochestermn.gov