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Bolton Town Common Survey Results

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Bolton Town Common Survey Results

  1. 1. Town Common Survey Preliminary Results Bolton Town Common Project December 15, 2014
  2. 2. Statistically Significant Response • 544 responses to Town Common survey • Responses > 400 considered significant • 3 narrative questions received 197-267 responses • Key age groups represented • Good distribution of length of time in town • Most respondents said they would drive (73%) or walk (11.4%) to the Town Common Bolton Town Common Survey Results
  3. 3. Q2: Percent Seeing Potential Benefits of a Town Common Relative Importance 1 - 5 Improving the aesthetics of Bolton center 0 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 5 Increased Home Values More Commerce Planned Activities Gathering Place Improved Aesthetics 4.46 4.23 4.02 3.68 3.64 88.57% 79.32% 74.01% 62.22% 57.35% Bolton Town Common Survey Results
  4. 4. Q3: Likelihood of Use of Common For… Top 7 Choices – Extent of Use Public markets (e.g. farmers’ market, plant sale, art fairs) Walking or jogging on trails Organized activities/events 82.39% 79.17%. 72.73% 72.16% 69.16% 62.12% 62% Concerts Holiday festivities Strolls on paved paths Relaxing, conversation, reading Bolton Town Common Survey Results
  5. 5. Q5: Frequency of Use 42% would use the Common at least once per month. 40.58% 34.81% 17.5% 7.12% Bolton Town Common Survey Results
  6. 6. Q6: Common Design Ideas • 242 narrative responses • Most frequently suggested design elements: • Parking (33 recommended) • Coffee Shop (30 recommended) • Gazebo/Performance Space (26 recommended) • Trails and Paths (16 for trails, 7 for paved paths) • Benches (26 recommended) • Because the Common land is residential zoning, should explore collaboration with abutting business property for coffee shop ideas. Bolton Town Common Survey Results
  7. 7. Q7: Other Model Commons • 197 narrative responses • Most mentioned commons • Harvard (29.44%) • Concord (10.66%) • Lexington (7.11%) • Clinton (5.08%) • Westford (4.57%) • Respondents like the “village-like” atmosphere of these commons; in particular, several respondents noted proximity of the Harvard General Store to Harvard’s Common. Bolton Town Common Survey Results
  8. 8. Q8: Concerns about the Common • 267 narrative responses • Key concerns • Traffic/Safety (25.84%) • Parking (22.10%) • Tax Impacts (7.12%) • Cost (4.87%) • Respondents are concerned about interactions between the Common, traffic and pedestrian safety. • Some expressed concerns over costs to town. Bolton Town Common Survey Results
  9. 9. Q9: How long have you lived in town? 38% have lived in town fewer than 10 years 62% have lived in town more than 10 years Bolton Town Common Survey Results
  10. 10. Q10: Household Size 2.14 adults per household 1.50 children per household Bolton Town Common Survey Results
  11. 11. Q11: Respondent Age Range 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 55+ yrs 35-54 yrs 18-34 yrs Percent of Respondents Consistent with town demographics: 40% age 40-64) 55.27% Bolton Town Common Survey Results
  12. 12. Q12: Likelihood of Financial Contribution to the Common Project 40% 14.9% 37.25% 7.84% Over 200 respondents said they would contribute, with another 180 still undecided Bolton Town Common Survey Results
  13. 13. For more information, visit www.boltontowncommon.org Bolton Town Common Survey Results

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