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Sheffield Northwest Park Vision Plan Community Survey

Sheffield Northwest Park Vision Plan Community Survey

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is working with the community to create a long-term guide for the restoration and future improvements of Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park (Sheffield Northwest Park).  This survey is the first step in the vision process. Your input is vital to ensure that improvements to the park reflect the community’s needs and desires.

PARD would like to keep you up to date with this vision process for Sheffield Northwest Park.  The process will last through the remainder of 2021.  If you would like to receive updates, please sign up for email updates.  You may also check for updates on the project webpage.

Please note that the aquatic center (pool area) is a separate project and is a concurrent project, more details on this project are available in the Aquatic Facility Renovation project page.  However, input from this survey will be shared with the Beverly S. Sheffield Aquatic Center project team at the Austin Parks and Recreation Department.

When visiting the park, how do you get there?
Personal Vehicle
59%
Walk, Jog, or Run
50%
Personal Bicycle or Electric-Assist Bicycle
40%
Other
2%
Scooter or Bicycle Rental/Share
1%
Wheelchair, Mobility Aid, or Power-Driven Mobility Device for Accessibility Assistance
0%
Public Transit
0%
Personal Electric Vehicle (personally owned e-scooter, OneWheel, Segway, etc.)
0%
Rideshare
0%
Closed to responses | 406 Responses
What would encourage you to walk, bike, or use public transit more to travel to the park?
Bike / Running / Walking Trail connection to the park
49%
Better maintained or safer sidewalks
39%
Bike lanes along the route
29%
Better lighting or visibility along the route
16%
Other
15%
Better connecting transit routes to the park
12%
Closed to responses | 330 Responses
Once at the park, how do you move around?
Walk, Jog, or Run
92%
Personal Bicycle or Electric-Assist Bicycle
31%
Personal Vehicle
3%
Other
2%
Scooter or Bicycle Rental/Share
1%
Wheelchair, Mobility Aid, or Power-Driven Mobility Device for Accessibility Assistance
1%
Personal Electric Vehicle (personally owned e-scooter, OneWheel, Segway, etc.)
1%
Public Transit
0%
Rideshare
0%
Closed to responses | 389 Responses
What are your favorite amenities at the park? Select up to five (5).
Trees / shade
59%
Pool
50%
Pond
48%
Trails
43%
Playground
33%
Wooded hillside
33%
Pickleball court
22%
Open play fields
21%
Tennis Court
17%
Open picnic areas (near pool)
17%
Reservable picnic areas (near playground)
11%
Basketball court
8%
Parking areas
8%
Baseball field
6%
Other
3%
Closed to responses | 390 Responses
What are your favorite activities at the park? Select up to five (5).
Walking / Running
52%
Swimming
45%
Free play (un-organized activity in open areas
39%
Riding (bikes, scooters, skates, etc.)
31%
Social gatherings (family, friends, group parties/picnics, etc.)
30%
Picnicking (individuals and families)
28%
Dog walking
27%
Passive (sitting, contemplation, etc.)
26%
Wildlife viewing
26%
Pickleball
21%
Tennis
13%
Community gatherings (movies in the park, school field trips, group meetings, etc.)
9%
Fishing
5%
Baseball
4%
Other
4%
Outdoor classes
2%
Team play (organized activity in open areas
2%
Volleyball
2%
Soccer
2%
Closed to responses | 383 Responses
How well are the following facilities or amenities in the park currently meeting your and your family's needs? Scale of 1 (does not meet needs) to 5 (meets needs well)
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Select up to three (3) of the following amenities that you would most like to see improved at the park.
Trails
57%
Pond
46%
Trees / Shade
32%
Playground
27%
Picnic areas
25%
Pickleball court
22%
Open play fields
10%
Tennis Court
9%
Basketball court
6%
Parking areas
6%
Baseball field
3%
Closed to responses | 360 Responses
Select up to three (3) of the following categories that you would like to see expanded at the park.
Closed to responses | 330 Responses
Please list any amenities or activities not already mentioned that you would like to see added to the park:
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What would make you more willing to visit the park? (select all that apply)
Interesting programming/types of activities
34%
Other
29%
More lighting
17%
A more recognizable entrance / better signage
14%
Feeling welcome and comfortable
13%
Distance from home
13%
WiFi access
13%
Inclusivity and diversity
11%
Better access for people with different abilities
10%
Adequate parking
6%
Better visibility
6%
Making the park easier to find
5%
Closed to responses | 227 Responses
A majority of the park lies within the floodplain of Shoal Creek, and the park itself acts as a detention pond during major flood events, reducing the flooding along the creek. As part of the park vision planning process, the City of Austin must balance these ecosystem services with the community's desired park usage. This may require consideration on how certain amenities, activities, or facilities may impact the floodplain. Does this change how you think of the park?
No
78%
Unsure
11%
Yes
11%
Closed to responses | 312 Responses