The survey was made available in both English and Spanish, and was completed by more than 3,700 individuals.
Park Services Overall: How effective are the following park services?
Respondents were asked to rate their perception of the effectiveness of a variety of park services, on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being “Excellent” and 1 being “Poor.” The following provides a summary of the overall results.
Recreational Needs: How well are your park recreational needs currently being met by the following programs?
Respondents were asked to rate their perception of how well maintained their park recreational needs are currently being met by a variety of programs. The following table provides a summary of the overall results.
Park Maintenance: How well maintained is your community park?
Respondents were asked to rate their perception of how well maintained their community park is in a variety of areas, on a scale of 1 to 5m 5 being “Excellent” and 1 being “Poor.” The following table provides a summary of the overall results.
Park Facilities: How important are the following community park facilities to you?
Respondents were asked to rate their perceptions of the importance of a variety of park facilities and amenities. The following table provides a summary of the overall results. Because the ratings here refer to importance, and not Effectiveness, the letter-grading scale will not be applied. The analysis here focuses on the 5-point scale only, 5 being “important” and 1 being “Unimportant.”
Interest in Parks: What best describes your interests in the parks?
More than three-fourths of respondents identified themselves as either a park user (38%), or a park neighbor (20%), or an interested resident (18%).
Park Access: How do you normally get to the park?
More than one-half of respondents (54%) indicated that they drive a car or motorcycle to the park. Another 37% get to the park on foot.
Attitudes toward Exercise
Importance of Exercise: How important is exercise to you?
Almost three-fourths of respondents (72%) indicated that they think exercise is important.Females and individuals between the ages of 18 and 64 value exercise more.
Kinds of Exercise: What kind of exercise do you typically do while in the park?
Walking (76%), running (38%), and playing team sports (28%) are the most popular exercises to do at the park among respondents.
Frequency: How frequently do you use your community park?
More than 80% of respondents indicated that they use their community park several times a month.
Household Usage: Do other members of your household use the park?
The majority or respondents (87%) indicated that someone else in their household is a park user.
Preventing Park Usage: What prevents you from using the park more?
Nearly one-quarter of all respondents (24%) perceived safety as the main deterrent from using parks more.
Factors Affecting Park Usage by Gender
Response percentages are generally consistent when comparing responses by gender. That said, females indicated a greater concern than males regarding program offerings and safety.
Desired Improvements: What three improvements would have the greatest impact in making your community park a better place?
Respondents identified the top three areas in need of greatest improvement as: maintenance, safety, and more exercise equipment.
Desired Improvements by Gender
Females continued to indicate a greater concern regarding park programs, including more scheduled programs and activities and more information about them. Females also indicated a desire for more children’s playgrounds overall and as compared to males. Males indicated a greater interest in more athletic fields and more sports courts.
48% of respondents indicated that they are between the ages of 18 and 40. 32% indicated they are between the age of 41 and 64.
Respondents were asked to self-identify their ethnicity and race. 40% of respondents identified themselves as Hispanic/Latino, 26% identified as White/Caucasian, 16% identified as Black/African American, 8% identified as Asian.
Nearly two-thirds of respondents who indicated their gender, identified themselves as female.
When asked what community parks they frequent, respondents provided a good representation of the three community park regions – Pacific Region (40%), Metropolitan Region (26%), and the Valley Region (24%). Griffith Park was outside of the scope of this project.