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Posted on: February 7, 2024

Loudoun PRCS Launches Survey to Determine Community Priorities for Parks, Facilities and Programs

Community Needs Assessment- Newsflash

The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS) is seeking input from county residents to help determine priorities for parks, recreation facilities, program offerings, and special events in the county.

The department has contracted with ETC Institute, a professional research company, to conduct a statistically valid study to measure the preferences of Loudoun County residents through a Community Needs Assessment survey. Information compiled from the assessment will provide key data for PRCS to assist with the department’s commitment to the delivery of quality, accessible and amenity-rich park and recreation spaces and to provide meaningful programs and services.

Surveys are currently being mailed to random households in the county and should arrive this week. The data gathered will be analyzed and ETC will provide the key findings from the Community Needs Assessment to PRCS. The survey methodology and findings report will be made available to the public online. Responses will remain entirely confidential. 

“We encourage those residents who receive the survey by U.S. mail to complete and return the needs assessment before March 1,” said Steve Torpy, Director of Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services.  “Even if you do not consider yourself a regular user of our programs or facilities, your input is still very important to this process,” Torpy added.

Online Survey

The department is also seeking input from any resident who did not receive the mail-in survey. An online version of the community needs assessment survey has been launched and should take approximately 12 to 15 minutes to complete. The survey is confidential and individual responses will not be shared.

Take the Survey Now 

The online survey will be open through March 1, 2024.

More Information: 

In 2020 a needs assessment was conducted during the development of the department’s Master Plan and gathered input from residents and businesses in multiple formats. The process was conducted over a 12-month period to create sustainable and meaningful plans that support the community's diverse interests and growing demands for recreation, leisure opportunities and aging services. 

The 2024 needs assessment survey results will be compared to the results of the 2020 survey to evaluate shifts in community interests and priorities over the past four years.

For more information on the PRCS Master Plan and to view the 2020 Community Services System Master Plan Needs Assessment Survey, visit loudoun.gov/prcsmasterplan. 

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