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The results are in regarding what Trinidad residents would like to see from Trinidad’s parks and recreation facilities.

Recently, Trinidad residents participated in a survey sent out by the Trinidad Parks and Recreation Advisory Board with the monthly utility bills.

Board member Pat Fletcher said the board received 758 completed surveys. Fletcher said this was a way for the board to reach out to the public and many were completed along with added comments.

With the results having been tallied, they will be sent to the Trinidad City Council for consideration for implementation.

“We don’t know when the city will be looking at the results,” said Fletcher.  

Far and above anything else, said the board, people want to see the municipal pool covered and open year-round. The second choice was to continue the river walk further out and adding more trails came in as the third most popular request. There were also many tallies for a pickleball court, racquetball courts, a disc golf course, a regulation soccer field and horseshoe pits.

Also mentioned by the board were the many write-in suggestions on the survey. Among the varied ideas were turning the asphalt triangle on Main Street into a pocket park, creating a botanical garden, building an amphitheater for events, creating a public driving range for golfers, making trails for ATV’s and dirt bikes, building a climbing wall, and constructing an indoor sports arena.

Many individuals also expressed they would like to see existing structures and amenities improved.

According to the results, residents would like to see an expansion of the community center, increasing the golf club to 18 holes, a provision for more basketball and volleyball courts, the addition of authoritative presence, security cameras and lighting along the river walk to control transient activity, placement of more benches and trash cans along the river walk, a need to routinely clean up around the river walk and removing graffiti in all parks.

When Trinidad City Council is ready to review the findings it will be scheduled in the city council’s agenda.

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