- Take the online survey
- Come to the community visioning session, September 21, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Free cookout before the BHS football game
Community Engagement Results
Purpose and Methods
The City of Baldwin City in partnership with the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce and Lumberyard Arts Center developed and implemented community engagement tools to enable public input for the development of the lotatorium. The tools included 1) a stakeholder meeting; 2) an online survey; 3) a community visioning event held September 21, 2018 and 4) an opportunity for BHS students to provide written feedback.
The Lotatorium Development Surveywas administered during the Fall 2018 as part of the City of Baldwin City’s effort for community participation in designing the downtown green space located between the Lumberyard Arts Center and the United States Postal Office. The survey was comprised of four questions with the goals to 1) ascertain interest in the project and; 2) acquire prioritization of amenity inclusion in the project’s development. The survey was sent to the Baldwin City public at-large, Baker University faculty, students and Baldwin High School students via emails and social media including Chamber, City, BHS Bulletin and Citizens for the Future of Baldwin City Facebook posts.
Summary: Online Survey Results
- A total of 352 responses were returned representing the public at-large (57%), Baker students, faculty, staff (41%) and BHS students (2%).
- Project interest was high with an average interest of 3.9 stars.
- Overall, the top five amenities included: Public Restroom; Stage; Public Seating; Pavilion and Green Space with a Movie Screen following. A movie screen was the top priority of BHS students.
- Frequent commentsincluded the importance of 1) minimal development—leaving as much green space as possible; 2) accessibility for people of all ages; 3) farmer’s market options; 4) attention to detail in the design of the stage including lighting and sound and 5) family friendly environment (i.e. activities for kids such as splash pad).
Summary: Visioning Event, 9/21/18
The community was invited to share their feedback during the Lumberyard Arts Center Third Friday Artwalk. The event was held in the lotatorium. Attendees were asked to prioritize their top three amenities using stickers. They could also select an additional two amenities they felt important. Frequency tabulation is shown on Table 1. These results from the community visioning event are similar to the online survey results.
Table 1. Amenity Frequency Tabulation.
Project stakeholders (n=25) were invited to attend a stakeholder lunch on 9/14/18 that included representatives from the City of Concordia. Concordia representatives shared the development of “Broadway Plaza” and best practices for downtown greenspace development.
Survey questions and process were vetted and approved by the Community Development Committee.
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Survey asked respondents to rate their interest in the project along five stars from one star (not of interest) to five stars (high interest).
Survey asked respondents for feedback on additional amenities not included in the survey and for comments.