The Paris Legacy Committee surveyed residents on Election Day in an effort to gauge support for a future park and community center.
“We had a total of 158 surveys completed and submitted during the election (April 2),” said Roger Gahart, committee chairman and administrator of Paris School. “We have also collected and reviewed sentiments shared with the committee via email.”
Specifically, the survey asked residents if they would use a park at the site of the town hall and a community center with an indoor walking track, fitness center, multipurpose rooms and a gymnasium at the Paris School site.
Of those who responded, 93 said they would use a park, and 61 indicated they would not. Similarly, 96 respondents said they would use a community center compared to 53 who said they would not.
“The objective on Election Day was to share information about our preliminary concepts and sample budgets with as many community members as possible, while providing the opportunity for people to share their views about these potential projects,” Gahart said. “One of the main questions that has come up is simply, ‘Would people use these facilities if developed?’”
Gahart said the survey was designed to learn the overall interest and prospective usage of community members. There was space for comments on the survey so residents could share their opinions, which Gahart said will be used to help guide the committee moving forward.
“The Legacy Committee continues to collect community input, and is working to use this information to develop concepts for the Town Board to consider,” Gahart said. “The format for presenting our work to the community through an informational session with the Paris Plan Commission was well-received by community members, and we hope to hold another information session.”
When ready, Gahart said updated concepts and sample budgets will also be presented on the town’s website.
“We really appreciate the feedback and the respectful dialogues regarding the possibilities that may, or may not, come to fruition as a result of the Legacy Committee’s work,” Gahart said. “Whatever the outcome, it has been rewarding to connect with our neighbors to talk about the great community in which we live.”