Red Deer County News

Posted on: November 24, 2017

Community Needs Assessment Survey Results - Trails

Trails

The development of trails within Red Deer County was specifically examined in the community engagement process through the Community Well-Being Survey and follow-up focus groups with residents. Through these consultations, it is evident that trails are an important initiative that many County residents want to see develop.

Focus group participants indicated that trails offer multi-generational use, activity variety, appreciation for nature, and safety away from busy roads.

Survey respondents were asked to identify the kinds of activities that they thought would be important for which to have trails developed and maintained in their local area or community for household member to use. The activities identified as being most important included walking or hiking, cycling, and jogging or running. To a much lesser extent, equestrian and off-road vehicle/motorized biking were activities that trails might accommodate. About one in ten respondents specifically stated that household members would not use trails if they were developed and maintained in the County.

Respondents were also asked about the development (and maintenance) of regional trails within the County. More specifically, they were asked to identify if household members would use regional trails that connected their local area or community to adjacent towns or cities. Among the options provided, respondents most commonly chose Red Deer, followed by Sylvan Lake, Penhold, and Innisfail. Respondents also offered their own suggestions which mainly included areas in the municipalities or locations such as Benalto, Dickson, Markerville, Spruce View, Pine Lake, and Gleniffer Lake. About one in ten respondents indicated that household members would not use regional trails within the County.

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