Thursday, September 08, 2005

Parkway Usage Survey

In the Bee today it was noted that a survey is in the works of who uses the Parkway. Good idea.

Who uses the parkway, and how do they use it?
To explore funding needs, a telephone survey attempts to answer those queries.
By Bill Lindelof -- Bee Staff WriterPublished 2:15 am PDT Thursday, September 8, 2005

A new telephone survey about the American River Parkway attempts to pin down a moving target: how many people use the 23-mile greenbelt.

There are no turnstiles to count joggers, bicyclists, walkers, an-glers and others.

"The permeability of parkway access makes an accurate estimate of usage nearly impossible," reads a "purpose statement" for the parkway survey.

Alan Wade, president of Save the American River Association, said accurate information is very important when asking for more parkway funding.

"I've wanted it for a long time," he said. "I'm weary of going before the Sacramento (County) Board of Supervisors and trying to convince them of parkway importance.

"But the only data we have goes back a number of years. We are fixed on the general statement - which we still believe is correct - that the parkway has 5 million visitors a year."

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