The city of Steamboat Springs has sent out a survey to a random sampling of residents to gauge their opinions of Howelsen Hill. The survey is part of a new master planning process for the park.

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The city of Steamboat Springs has sent out a survey to a random sampling of residents to gauge their opinions of Howelsen Hill. The survey is part of a new master planning process for the park.

City of Steamboat using community survey to help guide future of Howelsen Hill

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— The city of Steamboat Springs will look to the results of a 15-question community survey to help guide the future of its most diverse park.

The wide-ranging survey about Howelsen Hill recently was sent out to a random sampling of more than 400 city residents.

It asks community members how they would like to see the park funded and to identify anything that prevents them from using the park (lack of ADA access, lack of money, etc.).

It also asks them to grade certain ideas for the park that have been mentioned by the organizations that use it.

Ideas mentioned in the survey include such things as upgrading chair lifts to provide bike access as well as updating Olympian Hall and adding concessions and storage lockers there.

The survey will run through July 8.

Response to the survey has been slow out of the gate, city officials said, but they are hopeful more feedback will start to come in.

Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department Director John Overstreet said the results of the survey likely will be discussed next month at a Parks and Recreation Commission meeting or a joint meeting of that group with the Steamboat Springs City Council.

The survey is part of a new master planning process for the park the city is conducting internally.

It kicked off with a round of meetings with the public and with stakeholders who use the park.

"The information-gathering process has been fantastic," Overstreet said. "The groups we've engaged have thought beyond their groups to think about how would the park best serve our citizens."

He said focus group meetings about the park also have touched on such topics as cost recovery and cost sharing.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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