Lewis Farms Facility and Park Sharing Ideas - What We Did
In late 2014, City Council approved funding for the schematic design of the Lewis Farms Facility and Park. The schematic design process will take place in three phases in 2015 and 2016:
- Sharing Ideas (April - July 2015)
- Exploring Options (Early 2016)
- Setting the Direction (Mid 2016)
We wanted your ideas, your vision and your direction. Sharing Ideas was the first phase of consultation for the Lewis Farms Facility and Park project.
We’d like to share some basic facts and stats coming out of the Sharing Ideas open house and online survey in April 2015. Later in 2015, we’ll dive deeper into the participants’ feedback.
The feedback that we gathered during this phase will help us identify the major activities that will be supported by the Lewis Farms Facility and Park.
Your next opportunity to get involved is at the Exploring Options phase in early 2016, focusing on a review of the concept design options. The information collected in this phase will be used to create a draft schematic design.
From 2007 to 2011, high-level plans for the Lewis Farms Facility and Park were created from the vision outlined in the Recreation Facility Master Plan and Medium Term Recreation Facility and Sports Field Plan.
Sharing Ideas Timeline
The Sharing Ideas consultation session, which included an online survey and an open house, focused on hearing directly from citizens and future users about the types of activities they would like to participate in at the facility; their thoughts on the importance of these activities; and their vision for the facility and park.
The City hosted a public open house on April 23, 2015, at Winterburn School. There were also several sessions with specific community groups, committees, and stakeholders.
The online survey was distributed through two different ways.
The Insight Panel Survey was accessed through the Edmonton Insight Community, a group of Edmontonians that provide feedback on City policies, initiatives and community issues through online surveys. Panel members from across Edmonton were asked if they would like to opt-in to complete the Lewis Farms Facility and Park online survey.
The Lewis Farms Web Link Survey was accessed through the project webpage. Respondents were asked to fill out this survey through our consultation network (i.e. user committees, community leagues, etc.), by email and Canada Post admail notifications.
How We Communicated
We used various tools to get the word out about the Sharing Ideas consultation session.
We wanted to engage a variety of Edmontonians as part of this phase of consultation.
What Communities Were Represented
The majority of participants came from within 5 km of the project site. Through the Insight Panel, we were also able to get feedback from residents across the city.
In the Lewis Farms web link survey, there was a greater representation of the 25 to 44 age demographic and families with children. The Insight Panel follows a similar age and household composition of the city-wide average, where there is a higher population in the 20 to 35 and 48 to 58 age categories. It was noted that the senior’s population was underrepresented in the online surveys compared to the city-wide average.
Almost all online survey participants were Edmonton residents. Of those residents, the majority (90%) have lived in Edmonton for 5 years or more. There was a small number of participants that emigrated from elsewhere in Alberta, Canada or from another country in the past 5 years.
The majority of families with children who responded to the survey, reside within the 5 km radius of the future Lewis Farms Facility and Park.
Demographic trends show that:
- The household composition of the participants in the Lewis Farms Web Link Survey tend to be families with children. Households with children under the age of 18 represented 67%.
- The household composition of the participants in the Insight Panel Survey tend to be families with no children. Households with children under the age of 18 represented 31%.
- The majority of families with children under the age of 18 report having 1 or 2 children.
Concept Design Options
Your next opportunity to get involved is at the Exploring Options phase in early 2016, focusing on a review of the concept design options.
The information collected in the Exploring Ideas phase will be used to create a draft schematic design.
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