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The project logo Westfield Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan

The project logo Westfield Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan

The Town of Westfield is beginning the process of updating its Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan. When complete, the plan will provide a vision to guide the future development, operations, and programs of the Town’s parks, recreation, open space, and trail system.  The Town and Consultants will use a variety of public input methods to engage as many citizens as possible.  Your input is crucial to determining the services that are most desired to serve the citizens and visitors of Westfield.

The process will take about nine months to complete, with a goal to have the plan complete in late 2019.    

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Where do you live?

To select your location, enter your address, or click on the map, and drag the map to place the circle where you want. Don't worry about being precise; we just want to get a general idea.

1. Have you (or those who live with you) visited any parks or recreation facilities offered by the Town of Westfield in the past year? (see Question #3 for list of Town Parks)
Yes
99%
No (Skip to Question #5)
1%
Closed to responses | 1,573 Responses
2. If you answered YES to Question #1, how often did you (or those who live with you) visit during the past year?
20 or more visits
77%
11-19 visits
10%
6-10 visits
6%
1-5 visits
6%
Don't know
1%
Closed to responses | 1,555 Responses
3. Please check ALL parks and recreation facilities you (or those who live with you) visited in the past year. (Select all that apply)
Tamaques Park
93%
Mindowaskin Park
73%
Memorial Park
56%
Houlihan/Sid Fay Fields
56%
Memorial Pool
56%
Gumbert Park
55%
Sycamore Field
28%
Lincoln School Playground
23%
Brightwood Park
22%
Clark Park
12%
Other. Please comment below.
5%
Windsor Park
2%
Dunham Ave Bird Sanctuary
2%
Closed to responses | 1,428 Responses
4. Overall, how would you rate the physical condition of the facilities you have visited?
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5. Have you (or those who live with you) participated in recreation programs offered by the Town of Westfield in the past year?
Yes
77%
No (Skip to Question #7)
23%
Closed to responses | 1,294 Responses

6. How would you rate the quality of these programs?
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7. Please check ALL the upgrades you would like to see to existing parks in Westfield. (Select all that apply)
Artificial turf fields
61%
New/improved restrooms
58%
Sports fields lighting
52%
Drinking fountains/bottle filling stations
50%
Improved parking
44%
Walking/hiking trails
38%
Trees and landscaping
32%
Bike trails
29%
Security cameras and lighting
27%
Shade structures
26%
Playground equipment
23%
Outdoor basketball courts
22%
Batting cages
21%
Sidewalks
18%
Trail lighting
18%
Wi-Fi
15%
Picnic shelters
12%
Handicap accessibility
11%
Sand volleyball courts
7%
Outdoor netted area
6%
Other. Please comment below
5%
Closed to responses | 1,253 Responses
8. Which facilities would you (or those who live with you) most like to see developed or expanded? (Please select up to FOUR options)
Soccer, football and lacrosse fields
53%
Walking and hiking trails
24%
Baseball and softball diamonds
19%
Ice rink
18%
Natural areas/nature parks
15%
Indoor gymnasium space/game courts
13%
Paved bike trails
13%
Playgrounds
12%
Upgrade Memorial Pool
12%
Off-leash dog parks
11%
Small neighborhood parks
10%
Wrestling room
10%
Outdoor basketball courts
9%
Community/recreation centers
9%
Outdoor stage or ampitheater
9%
Community gardens
8%
Large community parks
8%
Mountain bike trails
8%
Tennis courts
8%
Spraygrounds/splash pads
8%
Indoor swimming pools
6%
Pickleball
5%
Picnic shelters/picnic areas
5%
Skateboarding area
5%
Golf courses
4%
Bocce
3%
Disc golf courses
3%
Sand volleyball
3%
Senior center
3%
Pump track/BMX course
2%
Other. Please comment below
1%
Closed to responses | 1,263 Responses
9. Which programs would you (or those who live with you) most like to see developed or expanded? (Select up to FOUR options)
Youth sports programs
42%
Summer concerts
36%
Special events (festivals, parades, fireworks, etc.)
34%
Teen programs
24%
Youth fitness and wellness programs
22%
Youth summer camp programs
21%
Before and after school programs
20%
Adult sports programs
18%
Nature programs
16%
Adult fitness and wellness programs
15%
Youth art, dance, performing arts
11%
Programs for persons 50+
10%
Preschool programs
8%
Pet exercise/programs
7%
Programs for mentally/physically challenged
7%
Youth Learn to Swim programs
6%
Adult art, dance, performing arts
6%
Martial arts programs
4%
Water fitness programs
4%
Other. Please comment below
1%
Closed to responses | 1,104 Responses

10. If the Town of Westfield were to develop (or partner to develop) a new recreation center, which facilities would you use? (Select all that apply)
Game courts/gyms (basketball/volleyball/pickleball courts)
59%
Walking track
49%
Cardio room
33%
Family activity pool
28%
Lap pool
28%
Free weights
27%
Game room
23%
Multipurpose meeting room
21%
Warm water therapeutic pool
16%
Aerobics/dance room
14%
Banquet hall
12%
Other. Please comment below.
6%
Kitchen
5%
Closed to responses | 1,026 Responses
11. Please check ALL the organizations you (or those who live with you) use for parks and recreation activities.
Westfield Public Schools
78%
Westfield Recreation Department
75%
Westfield Library
56%
Union County Parks
53%
Westfield Area YMCA
51%
Private youth sports leagues
47%
Private clubs (tennis, health/fitness)
31%
New Jersey State Parks
26%
Faith-based institutions
22%
Country clubs/golf courses
21%
Neighboring communities
20%
Private schools
14%
Westfield Community Center
4%
Other. Please comment below.
2%
None. Do not use any organizations.
1%
Homeowners Association (HOA) Parks
1%
Westfield Neighborhood Council
1%
Closed to responses | 1,161 Responses
12. Please check ALL the reasons that keep you (or those who live with you) from using parks, recreation facilities, trails, and programs of the Westfield Parks and Recreation Department more often. (Select all that apply)
Poor condition of facilities
51%
Availability of parking
31%
Do not know what is offered
20%
Facility or program not offered
20%
Use facilities out of town
19%
Program times are not convenient
17%
Use other agencies' facilities (County, School, Armory, etc.)
14%
Fees are too high
7%
Security of safety concerns
5%
Other. Please comment below
5%
Too far from our home
4%
Class full
4%
Poor customer service by staff
2%
No transportation
2%
Personal disability
1%
Closed to responses | 899 Responses
13. Counting yourself, what are the ages of the people in your household?
Closed to responses
14. What recommendations would you like for the Town of Westfield to consider in the Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan?
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