Results from a survey conducted to assess residents’ views on whether they desire a new community center are available online at the City of Rockville’s website.
The “City of Rockville Community Interest Survey” was conducted Jan. 8-Feb. 7 and was sent to households within the general area proposed for the new center — west of I-270 and south of Hurley Avenue.
The results can be viewed at www.rockvillemd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/22345.
The survey found that 66.7 percent of respondents support or strongly support a new community recreation center in the area.
The survey also asked all respondents to identify their priorities for recreation spaces in the survey area.
- 46 percent placed a high priority on more natural areas (e.g., green spaces).
- 30 percent placed a high priority on improvement to existing park and recreation facilities.
- 26 percent placed a high priority on greater access to facilities for outdoor sports (e.g., soccer, baseball, basketball).
- 25 percent placed a high priority on additional community recreation centers.
Respondents who support or strongly support a new center weighed in on their preferred location. The most preferred location was the vicinity of the Wootton Parkway and Falls Road intersection. The top requested amenity of a new center was a “fitness/wellness center.”
Funds to assess the level of community support for a new community center were included in the city’s Fiscal Year 2018 Capital Improvements Program.
Discussion of the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Capital Improvements Program began during a March 5 Mayor and Council budget work session. The Mayor and Council have two public hearings scheduled on the FY 2019 budget, on March 19 and April 9, where the community can testify. The public record remains open until Friday, April 13.