SPENCER — The City of Spencer is continuing its public engagement efforts around future parks and recreation projects with a community survey, open through the end of March.
The survey follows a series of open house events held in January to gather local feedback.
The purpose of the survey is to establish community priorities for future parks and recreation facilities, programs and services. The survey also seeks comment on the impacts of the pandemic on the community and the prioritization of eligible uses of federal funds from the US bailout.
The survey is one component of the city’s process to update its 2014 Parks and Recreation Master Plan and apply for a grant to help make the vision of a restored central park at Salisbury Avenue and Fifth Street a reality.
For many years of its history, Spencer had a central park filling the block of Salisbury Avenue between Fourth and Fifth Streets and Yadkin Avenue.
Redeveloped as a Park Plaza shopping center in the 1960s, the city’s vision for the new City Hall includes restoring park space to the area.
A donation from Fred and Alice Stanback enabled the City to begin planning the addition to the park.
The city contracts design firm Benesch to develop the updated parks and recreation master plan, design a restored central city park, and apply for a grant from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.
ETC Institute, a consultancy, will administer the survey and compile the results. In the coming days, everyone at Spencer will receive a one-time survey in the mail and can respond with a provided postage-paid return envelope, or respond online at spencersurvey.org.
The city asks residents to complete the survey within a week of receiving it. All responses will be confidential. For more information, contact Special Projects Planner Joe Morris at 704-633-2231 or [email protected].