Draft Master Plan Survey
The draft master plan was presented at the Hanging Rock State Park Visitor Center on Saturday, September 16. Presenting the plan at the visitor’s center on a weekend morning allowed the planning team to reach park users that might not have been aware of the project or had the opportunity to attend previous weeknight community meetings. Following the community meeting, the plan and supporting area vignettes were posted to the project website and an accompanying online survey was made available for 2 weeks. The survey asked whether the respondents supported the plan as presented. The following charts represent the results from the 92 responses that were received during that time . The map and vignettes can be found under the Master Plan / Phase 3-Draft Master Plan heading in the menu bar.
Initial Concepts Survey
At the June 29, 2017, public meeting in Walnut Cove and over the course of the first two weeks in July, the community was asked to provide their thoughts on three overarching concepts that were presented along with several supporting vignettes focused on specific areas of the property. During that time, the polling received an overwhelming 530 responses from park users all across the state!
The concepts and vignettes that were presented were meant to start a conversation by showing what we thought the land could support. We explored all of the options. You told us what you liked. You told us what you disliked. You told us what we were missing. And you made great suggestions that we hadn’t thought about.
The results of the survey are below, organized by overall options and vignettes. Click on each image for a slideshow of the results for each area. Our next step is the most challenging … synthesizing everything we heard from you, the park staff and other stakeholder groups into a comprehensive plan that hits all of the marks. The land can support a variety of activities and we are tasked with finding the right balance. We’re aiming to present the draft master plan in mid-September. Stay tuned for an announcement.
Vade Mecum – Central Campus
Vade Mecum – West
Vade Mecum – North
Vade Mecum – East
Vade Mecum – Sunset Point
Moores Springs – Former Campground
Vade Mecum – Ed Booth Road Area
Building and Cultural Features Evaluation
At the April 26 public meeting, we polled the attendees on how they felt about each building and cultural feature on the Vade Mecum and Moores Springs properties. Following the meeting, the same exercise was posted online and linked to from the web site. The online survey was initially open through the middle of May, but was extended an extra week in an attempt to increase the number of respondents. The survey closed May 24. We asked people to rate each feature as Scared, Valuable / Re-purpose, or Don’t Care (see detailed definitions on the first slide). The results of the survey are intended to help identify priorities and potential uses for key buildings and features.
The surveys were cross promoted through the web site as well as various Facebook group pages, including Stokes County Tourism, Friends of Saurtown, Carolina Climbers Coalition and several others. The survey and web site also were promoted at several REI stores (Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Greensboro) and through REI’s digital newsletter.
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Land Use Exercise
At the April 26 public meeting, we polled the attendees on what land uses and activities were appropriate and/or needed on the Vade Mecum and Moores Springs properties. Each property was divided into logical sections based on natural and cultural features. We asked attendees to place dots on activities/uses that they felt were need or appropriate in each section. In conjunction with the building and cultural feature poll, the same exercise was posted online and linked to from the web site. The results of the survey are intended to help identify priorities and potential uses for the entire property.
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Public Meeting Land Use Exercises
At the November Soup In a Bowl event and at the January Vade Mecum open house, the community was polled through a written survey. The survey asked questions about what recreational activities the participant is involved in, what recreational opportunities were needed in Stokes County, and what aspects of Vade Mecum and Moores Springs need to be considered during the planning process. The survey was intended to start a conversation about what is important to the community. The results of this initial survey are below.
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