Survey of Hudson Resident Interest and Opinions of Parks

City Council and Park Board recently received the results of a survey revealing resident attitudes of how well Hudson Parks are fulfilling their needs along with their usage and opinions of park facilities.  The ETC Institute, a market research firm, conducted a random sample survey yielding responses from 485 Hudson households.

The ETC Institute has issued an Executive Summary and Report from the survey conducted in December and January. The most visited parks of the previous year are Hudson Springs, Barlow Farm Park, Veterans Way Park and Cascade Park with each park receiving visits from over 50% of surveyed households. Most respondents (83%) indicated they were “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the overall value their household receives from the City of Hudson regarding parks services; 12% gave a “neutral” response, 4% were “somewhat dissatisfied” and only 1% were “very dissatisfied.” Eighty-seven percent (87%) of respondents reported that they were “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the maintenance of parks in Hudson. Other parks and recreation services that residents were satisfied with include:  number of parks (86%), available parking at parks (85%), amount of open spaces (78%), and number of walking/biking trails (72%).  The parks and recreation services that residents expressed as “somewhat dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied” were the number of tennis courts/pickleball courts (38%), facilities for adults age 55 and older (27%), and availability of information about facilities (25%).

Respondents were asked to indicate various reasons preventing them from using recreation facilities more often.  The reasons given most often included:  “I do not know what is being offered” (32%), “no time to participate” (25%), “facility not offered” (24%), and “I do not know locations of facilities” (24%).

The ETC Institute analyzed the residents expressed unmet needs and they importance residents placed on those needs to determine the top priorities for investment for park and recreation facilities. Four facilities were rated as “high priorities” for investment:

  • Walking and biking trails
  • Nature centers and trails
  • Sledding hills
  • Off-leash dog parks

Read the executive summary and full findings report here:–Recreation-Needs-Assessment-Survey-Findings-Report—April-12-2020.

Residents may continue to express their interests and opinions by submitting input to the Eppley Institute project team on the Contact Us page of this website.