An overwhelming majority of people who responded to a recent survey about the future of Camas’ parks, recreational activities and open spaces felt very strongly that parks and recreation is critical to the city’s quality of life.
Of the 1,385 people who responded to the survey either online (876 respondents) or via mail (509 respondents), 85.2 percent said parks and recreation is essential to the quality of life in Camas, while another 12.8 percent said they are “important, but not really essential.” 1.5 percent said parks and recreation were “useful, but not necessary.” Only 0.2 percent responded that parks and recreation are “not important.”
Camas Parks and Recreation Director Trang Lam, along with Conservation Technix consultant Steve Duh, presented the results of the survey to the city’s Parks Commission, interim mayor Ellen Burton and City Councilwoman Shannon Roberts during an online presentation held July 28.
The city launched its three-week virtual Camas Parks and Recreation open house two days later, on July 30, to help share information about the city’s existing parks and trails and collect more feedback from the community about what types of parks and recreation facilities and programs are needed — or need improvement — in the city of Camas.
The city will use the results of the survey, along with information gathered at the virtual open house, which runs through Aug. 22, to help build the draft Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces (PROS) Plan. The city will present the draft PROS Plan during a second open house, possibly held in-person, in the fall or early winter.