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Survey says: ‘Build the Center’

More than 200 citizens had responded to an online survey regarding Pulaski County’s proposed Wellness Center as of 3 p.m. Monday and 92 percent say they are interested in using the indoor recreation facility.
Pulaski County Assistant County Administrator Robert Hiss said the online survey on the county’s website (www.pulaskicounty.org) is one of two surveys involving the proposed center that are ongoing. The second one was mailed out in town and county water and sewer bills.
Although the survey turned up some negative comments and concern as to whether the economy is suitable for such a venture, Hiss said the majority of responses were positive.
Asked what types of activities or facilities they would most like to see included in a wellness center, the top responses (more than 50 percent of the votes) were a walking and running track, cardiovascular and aerobics rooms, basketball, senior and adult activity rooms, climbing wall, racquetball, swimming pool, rooms for public rental space and a weight lifting area. Teen room area, indoor baseball/softball cages, and indoor playground fell just below the 50 percent mark.
The least favored amenities included indoor soccer, indoor tennis courts, a computer lab, indoor skate park and location for non-profit organizations.
Nearly 90 percent of respondents said they are willing to pay an annual fee to join the facility. While the three suggested prices for individuals ($50, $100 and $200) were fairly evenly divided, most (39.2 percent) were willing to pay $100 annually as an individual fee. Forty-three percent of families indicated they were willing to pay a $250 annual fee, while 35 percent said $100 and 22 percent voted for $400.
As for the time of day they would be most likely to use the facility, 82 percent said they would prefer early to late evening. Early to late morning was supported by 42 percent and mid to late afternoon was selected by 35 percent. A number of respondents also noted they would like to use the center on weekends. Some suggested the facility be open until 9 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends.
Most of the survey respondents said they would use the center 16 or more times per month, while 37 percent said 11 to 15 times. Only 7 percent indicated they would use it only one to five times per month.
Of the 219 respondents, 36 percent are between the ages of 36-45; 24 percent are 46-55;, 20 percent are over 60; 13 percent are between 26 and 35; and 9 percent are under the age of 25.
Respondents appear to be from throughout the county, including the towns of Dublin and Pulaski; Fairlawn; Claytor Lake; Back Creek; Hiwassee; Snowville; Draper; Shiloh; Mt. Olivet; “near Radford;” Alum Spring; Robinson Tract; Newbern; Thornspring; Black Hollow; and Parrott. Two respondents listed their residence as Montgomery and Wythe counties.
Pulaski County Administrator Peter Huber is urging residents to either complete the online survey or the one included in utility bills to help the county gauge support fot the center, which is proposed to be located in the industrial park near Pulaski County High School.

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Survey says: ‘Build the Center’

More than 200 citizens had responded to an online survey regarding Pulaski County’s proposed Wellness Center as of 3 p.m. Monday and 92 percent say they are interested in using the indoor recreation facility.
Pulaski County Assistant County Administrator Robert Hiss said the online survey on the county’s website (www.pulaskicounty.org) is one of two surveys involving the proposed center that are ongoing. The second one was mailed out in town and county water and sewer bills.
Although the survey turned up some negative comments and concern as to whether the economy is suitable for such a venture, Hiss said the majority of responses were positive.
Asked what types of activities or facilities they would most like to see included in a wellness center, the top responses (more than 50 percent of the votes) were a walking and running track, cardiovascular and aerobics rooms, basketball, senior and adult activity rooms, climbing wall, racquetball, swimming pool, rooms for public rental space and a weight lifting area. Teen room area, indoor baseball/softball cages, and indoor playground fell just below the 50 percent mark.
The least favored amenities included indoor soccer, indoor tennis courts, a computer lab, indoor skate park and location for non-profit organizations.
Nearly 90 percent of respondents said they are willing to pay an annual fee to join the facility. While the three suggested prices for individuals ($50, $100 and $200) were fairly evenly divided, most (39.2 percent) were willing to pay $100 annually as an individual fee. Forty-three percent of families indicated they were willing to pay a $250 annual fee, while 35 percent said $100 and 22 percent voted for $400.
As for the time of day they would be most likely to use the facility, 82 percent said they would prefer early to late evening. Early to late morning was supported by 42 percent and mid to late afternoon was selected by 35 percent. A number of respondents also noted they would like to use the center on weekends. Some suggested the facility be open until 9 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends.
Most of the survey respondents said they would use the center 16 or more times per month, while 37 percent said 11 to 15 times. Only 7 percent indicated they would use it only one to five times per month.
Of the 219 respondents, 36 percent are between the ages of 36-45; 24 percent are 46-55;, 20 percent are over 60; 13 percent are between 26 and 35; and 9 percent are under the age of 25.
Respondents appear to be from throughout the county, including the towns of Dublin and Pulaski; Fairlawn; Claytor Lake; Back Creek; Hiwassee; Snowville; Draper; Shiloh; Mt. Olivet; “near Radford;” Alum Spring; Robinson Tract; Newbern; Thornspring; Black Hollow; and Parrott. Two respondents listed their residence as Montgomery and Wythe counties.
Pulaski County Administrator Peter Huber is urging residents to either complete the online survey or the one included in utility bills to help the county gauge support fot the center, which is proposed to be located in the industrial park near Pulaski County High School.

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