On Wednesday, Oct. 22, the Town of Wake Forest and RRC associates will mail a survey to approximately 3,000 Wake Forest households as part of “Play It Forward Wake Forest” – the town’s ongoing effort to develop a new Master Plan.
The survey is designed to provide critical information in determining community values, satisfaction levels, needs and priorities, and demographics for the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department’s long-range planning efforts.
The data obtained from the mailed survey will be statistically summarized and used to inform recommendations within the master plan.
Wake Forest residents are urged to be on the lookout for the questionnaire which will be enclosed inside Town of Wake Forest stationery featuring the town’s tree logo. Residents who complete and return the survey will be entered into bi-weekly drawings for a chance to win the following prizes:
- Monday, Oct. 27 – four tickets to “Christmas in New York” with Franc D’Ambrosio; a $100 value.
- Friday, Oct. 31 – one month of Beginner Tae Kwon Do and one session of Tiny Ballerinas; a $73 value.
- Monday, Nov. 3 – four registration fee waivers for youth athletics – one per league; a $160 value.
- Friday, Nov. 7 – four punch card passes for Holding Park Pool – good for 20 visits during the 2015 season; a $200 value.
“Play It Forward Wake Forest” is the name given to the town’s approach to developing a comprehensive Master Plan. Coordinated by the PRCR, the Recreation Advisory Board, and GreenPlay, the master plan consultant, the initiative will offer residents a variety of innovative ways to get involved and offer their input.
The Master Plan reflects the town’s vision of a vibrant community that responds to the needs and desires of its residents, friends, and visitors for fun, healthy, exciting and diverse activities. The purpose of the plan is to look at where we are now, what the anticipated needs are for the future and how we can improve and upgrade our existing facilities and programs to effectively serve residents and visitors in years to come. Upon completion, the master plan will establish a 10-year vision for future parks, greenways, programs and facilities.
Wake Forest is contracting with GreenPlay, LLC, to assist with the master plan process. GreenPlay will inventory and assess the town’s existing facilities and program offerings to determine how they can be updated, expanded and improved to meet the community’s current and future needs.
Community input is the cornerstone of “Play It Forward Wake Forest.” In addition to the household survey, the town is offering several other pportunities for area residents to share their thoughts and opinions:
Public Meetings & Workshops
On Sept. 3 the PRCR hosted several focus groups and a public meeting designed to evaluate the town’s parks and recreation services. During the focus groups participants were invited to weigh in on the extent to which Wake Forest parks and recreation facilities, programs and services meet the needs of the community. Attendees were also asked to offer input concerning the need for additional facilities, amenities, programs and services.
GreenPlay will return on Wednesday, Nov. 19, to host a Youth Focus Group from 5-6 p.m. and a public meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to report preliminary findings. Both sessions will be held at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.
“Engage Wake Forest”
The Town of Wake Forest has created a comprehensive community engagement website to encourage public interaction and solicit feedback. Developed by MindMixer and located at www.engage.wakeforestnc.gov, the new site invites area residents to share their ideas on a variety of topics related to the Master Plan project.
The town’s current Parks & Recreation Master Plan was developed in 2005 and is available for viewing at www.wakeforestnc.gov/2005-parks-recreation-master-plan.aspx. Citizens contributed ideas to the plan, calling for many improvements that have been achieved to date, including the development of new greenway trails and the introduction of programs designed to promote the town’s sustainability and environmental education.
Work on the new master plan is expected to be completed in mid-2015.
For more information, including a schedule of future focus groups and meetings, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/play-it-forward-wake-forest.aspx or contact PRCR Director Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561 or [email protected]
P.S. Ruben is a really nice guy.