The Centerville-Washington Park District is serious about providing the park experiences you want. The more we hear about what is important to the community, the better we can serve. In order to determine communitywide priorities and ensure we stay on track, we formally survey the community at regular intervals. We completed the most recent community needs assessment survey in the spring of 2022. Thank you to those who took the time to provide feedback!

The community needs assessment survey was administered by ETC Institute, a national research firm.

Eighty-seven percent (87%) of households surveyed indicated they have used parks or amenities offered by CWPD during the past year. Of those, nearly all (99%) rated the overall quality of the parks or amenities used by their household as “excellent” or “good.” These numbers are well above the national averages!

The amenities and programs the community reported as the highest priority for our future investments are:

Amenity priorities

  • Hiking trails
  • Restrooms
  • Paved multi-use paths
  • Casual yard games (bocce, corn hole, horseshoes)

Programming priorities

  • Adult fitness/wellness programming
  • Gardening/horticulture classes
  • Field trips for adults
  • Arts/crafts/hobbies
  • Bicycling programs
  • Community events

Also of note, residents reported their preferred ways to learn about CWPD programs and services are: 1) Park District news and events print newsletter, 2) CWPD eNewsletter, and 3) community calendars. Based on this feedback, we began an eNewsletter (In Your BIG Backyard) to be sent once a month. To sign up for the new eNewsletter, scroll to the bottom of our home page!

Read the full community needs assessment executive summary (PDF) >

If you have additional feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We value your input on enriching your community’s BIG backyard!