Lakeway parks and recreation survey results are in

Parks and Recreation Committee Chair Erwin Boettcher addresses Lakeway City Council regarding the results of the city's latest survey.

Parks and Recreation Committee Chair Erwin Boettcher addresses Lakeway City Council regarding the results of the city's latest survey.

The Hamilton Greenbelt is the most frequently used recreational feature of the city of Lakeway, according to a survey taken by more than 2,300 residents during the latter half of February.

Parks and Recreation Committee Chair Erwin Boettcher addressed council at the March 18 meeting regarding the results of the survey, providing a breakdown of the results.

“The committee is still going through all of the other data for which people could comment whatever they wanted,” Boettcher said, adding there are about 11 more pages of data to review leading up to the committee's next meeting.

The survey, which ended Feb. 25, was a continuation of a broad Lakeway communications effort launched last year and was overseen by the Lakeway Parks and Recreation Committee and the Public Engagement Advisory Committee.

Other results show the city’s skate park, Porpoise Park and Live Oak Tennis Courts top out as residents’ least-used amenities, with more than 87 percent of respondents stating they never use them.

Of Lakeway’s parks and recreation facilities, the City Park Beach and its hiking and walking trails saw the highest percentage of respondents stating those facilities are in need of some sort of repairs or improvements.

Topping the list for respondents regarding desired amenities not yet in Lakeway were a public beach, with 56.26 percent, and a venue for kayaking and paddle boarding, which garnered 56.65 percent of respondents.

Information from Lakeway’s website states that throughout the survey time, the Lakeway Parks and Recreation Committee and Public Engagement Advisory Committee members were at various public events and locations promoting the survey and helping those needing assistance taking it online.

Boettcher said he was ultimately a little disappointed with the number of respondents on the survey, and that the information gleaned helps guide city officials and staff on important decisions pertaining to the city moving forward.

"I think we all feel this is important, and we are going to be moving based on that data," Boettcher said
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.


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