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WHAT WE'RE LEARNING

Check here for updates on the findings that emerge through the feasibility study process, including resident feedback from the various community engagement activities that will be scheduled.

Phase I Community Engagement Activities
The feasibility study is being conducted in two phases. During the first phase, the CCFTF has been seeking the answers to three core questions: What kind of community center makes sense for Upper Arlington? Do we want a community center? Do we need a community center? If the answer to the last two questions is “YES,” the study will transition to a second phase that drills into the details, such as what facilities to include, where a community center might be located, and the costs for construction, operations and ongoing maintenance.

Beginning early in 2020, various community engagement activities were conducted:

  • Focus Groups and Interviews – These activities were held with representatives of various groups that might benefit from a community center. This included active sports groups, arts and culture organizations, the senior population, recreation instructors, schools and early education providers, local civic groups and non-profits, businesses, and health and wellness entities. More than 70 people participated in these activities.
  • Community Pop Ups – The series of Community Pop Ups brought the CCFTF out to the places and events frequented by residents. These pop ups featured quick, idea generating activities for residents to engage in, as well as provide information on how to stay up-to-date and involved in the process. Fourteen pop ups were held, with more than 460 residents participating. Examples of pop ups: State of the City Address, High School basketball games, school theatrical productions, Senior Center, Library, Giant Eagle.
  • Community Meeting – A community meeting was held on February 27 to provide residents an opportunity to learn more about the feasibility study, and to provide feedback on the primary questions being addressed in this first phase. Approximately 30 residents attended this meeting.
  • Statistically Valid Survey – A statistically valid survey was fielded from early March through mid-April. This type of survey process is designed to ensure that responses are reflective of the community as a whole. Three thousand randomly selected households were mailed a survey packet, with 632 responses.
  • Additional Surveys – As the statistically valid survey process nears its end, plans were in place to make a second version of the survey available online to all residents, to obtain additional, anecdotal data. This survey was delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Youth Engagement – A series of youth specific surveys were scheduled to occur, targeting both high school and middle school aged students. These were also delayed due to COVID-19.
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