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Second Round of Maui Parks Surveys Being Mailed

April 14, 2016, 12:54 PM HST
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Central Maui Regional Sports Complex grand opening and blessing event (3/12/16). Photo credit: DLNR.

Central Maui Regional Sports Complex grand opening and blessing event (3/12/16). Photo credit: DLNR.

The County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation today announced that a second round of park surveys are being mailed to a random sample of Maui County residents to establish priorities for the future improvement and development of parks and recreation facilities, programs, and services within Maui County.

The first round of surveys were sent out last month and invited residents to tell the County about how they currently use parks and recreation facilities as well as what improvements they would like to see in the future.

Keōpūolani Park, 8.6.15. Photo by Wendy Ohser.

Keōpūolani Park, 8.6.15. Photo by Wendy Ohser.

County officials say the second round of surveys will ask the same questions.

The surveys will be sent to households that have not responded to the initial mailings, as well as to randomly selected new households.

SMS, a local research firm, will be collecting the data on behalf of the County of Maui.

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SMS will send surveys, receive completed surveys back at their offices, and report a summary of the data to the department. All survey responses will be anonymous and confidential.

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County officials say the entire survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and can be sent back to SMS using the postage-paid envelope that will be provided.

The Maui County Department of Parks & Recreation encourages those who receive a survey to complete it within 14 days of receipt. The Department will use the information provided in the surveys to create action plans in each geographic park region to assist in the prioritization of capital improvement projects, development of recreation programs, and enhancement of other aspects of the departments operations.

*Note: In the first round of surveys, one of the most frequent questions from the senior population was, “what should I do with this survey if I don’t use any of our parks?” County officials advise those who get a survey, and do not use parks, to simply fill out the last page of the survey which includes your zip code, where you live, your age and other demographic information.

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