, 2022-10-28 05:22:45,
A new indoor recreation center. A multigenerational facility near the Stow City Center. Renovations to the camping areas at Silver Springs Park. Improvements to the city’s local parks.
These are some of the possibilities that could materialize in Stow in the next decade. Many of the final decisions, however, will rest with the city’s voters.
The city’s parks and recreation board and staff recently released both a rough draft of its 10-year master plan, as well as the survey results from residents and their support for a prospective indoor recreational facility.
Residents heavily interested indoor recreation center proposal
For the first time in more than two decades, a proposal for a new indoor recreational facility may come before voters.
Mayor John Pribonic said the time may have come again, after a survey sent to residents showed that those responding seemed to favor the idea of having their own facility, like those found in Cuyahoga Falls and Tallmadge.
“The population has changed a good deal,” Pribonic said. “The demographics have changed a good deal since then.”
The survey, which was available to both Stow residents and non-residents, had 1,432 responses. According to information provided by the city, more than 95% of the responses were from Stow residents.
In a part of a survey, respondents were asked to prioritize their top four recreational amenities for their households. The amenity receiving the strongest support was a community center/recreation center. The city has been working on a feasibility study, which will provide the City with key data and information on the market and demand for services, develop operational costs, and determine capital investment for potential construction.
According to the recently released survey, 66.2% of Stow residents responded that constructing an indoor recreation facility was “very important,” and another 20.7% felt it was “somewhat important.” In addition, 85.3% said they would visit such a facility on a daily or weekly basis if the facility had the amenities they considered most important. The top five amenities, as ranked by those responding to the survey, was an indoor walking and jogging track, a dedicated cardio space, a leisure pool, a gymnasium, and locker rooms.
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