Danville, Indiana – Hendricks County residents may have received a postcard in the mail requesting their input on Hendricks County Parks & Recreation (HCP&R) and on parks and recreation in general as the department prepares its Comprehensive Master Plan for 2021-25.
HCP&R is required to submit a Comprehensive Master Plan every five years to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, outlining the direction that the department intends to take in the coming years. Their current plan expires at the end of 2020.
An important part of the Comprehensive Master Plan is getting input from the members of the community that HCP&R serves. HCP&R is required to collect feedback from randomly selected residents of Hendricks County, as well as from a non-random sample of residents.
For the random sample, more than 2,500 Hendricks County residential addresses were randomly chosen and postcards mailed to those homes with a link to the online survey and a unique survey code.
“Unfortunately, we’ve had a problem with the link, and it doesn’t appear to be properly taking respondents to the survey site,” said HCP&R Assistant Superintendent Eric Ivie, who is spearheading the creation of the new Comprehensive Master Plan. “We apologize for the inconvenience. It’s frustrating to have tested the link several times, only to have it fail after the postcards were sent out.”
Ivie said that people who received the postcards but cannot get the link to work can instead access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/hcparksrec or through HCP&R’s website at https://www.HendricksCountyParks.org. Additionally, a link to the survey site can be found on the department’s Facebook page.
The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete online.
Those who wish to complete the survey but did not receive a postcard with a unique survey code can use their home zip code as their survey code and be a part of the non-random sample.
Hendricks County Parks & Recreation operates McCloud Nature Park outside of North Salem and the portion of the Vandalia Trail that runs from Amo through Coatesville to the Hendricks-Putnam County Line. They are also currently constructing W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park in Avon with the new park scheduled to open in 2021.