The Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department wants to know what the public thinks about its programs and facilities and what it can do to improve in the future.

"We want to get a voice from the community on what they want their park department to be like," said Mindi Schmitz, chairman of the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission. "It has been a while since we've had an assessment."

Doug Hogan, director of Parks and Recreation, said the 10-question survey was developed by Leslie Stevens, a student at the University of Jamestown. The survey was developed from conversations that Stevens had with the department's staff.

The Parks and Recreation Department Commission plans to use the results of the survey to develop a strategic plan for future operations.

Hogan said the department has never had a true strategic plan but had operated from a programs and facilities priority list developed in the early 2000s.

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"The priority list was developed from the managers and staff," Schmitz said. "There might be something the community wants that we've never heard about."

The Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department operates and maintains parks, playgrounds, hockey arenas, a golf course, softball and baseball diamonds, adult and youth leagues and the Two Rivers Activity Center, among other programs and facilities. The survey is meant to give everyone a voice in the discussion in what works and doesn't work and what could be possibly added in the future.

"This is meant for the entire community," Hogan said. "... For Parks and Recreation to move into the future, this is a valuable tool to have."

Five of the 10 questions on the survey deal with the public's impression of the current Park and Recreation Department's programs, facilities and communication with the public.

"We believe we have a good department," Schmitz said. "We want to see what the community thinks about what we've got."

The remaining five questions allow the responder to comment on the strengths and opportunities the Parks and Recreation Department faces. People can also comment on the indoor and outdoor facilities and programs they would like the department to enhance or new facilities to consider in the future.

Schmitz said the survey is intended for residents of Jamestown and people from the surrounding area who utilize the Jamestown Parks and Recreation facilities or programs.

"I'd love to see a couple hundred responses," she said.

The survey is available online at and runs through June 26.