ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) Thursday heard the findings of its most recent survey entitled "Livable Landscapes--Lehigh County" conducted Dec.1, 2016 through Jan. 31.
According to LVPC Director of Environmental Planning Geoff Reese who made the presentation, the survey was conducted through both random and self-administered means to Lehigh County residents only.
The survey's findings concerning outdoor experiences in Lehigh County include the following:
- 74.9 percent of those asked said they were interested in protecting local waterways and water quality
- 55.5 percent said there were too few passive parks and for those parks that offered them they desired more programs and activities.
- 34.6 percent of respondents visited a park weekly and 72.3 percent of those arrived at a park via automobile
- 85 percent of those surveyed reported walking, shopping farmer's markets, and observing wildlife as their favorite outdoor activities
- 57 percent of those surveyed said they visited a community park in the past year with Trexler Nature Preserve noted as the number one choice in Lehigh County. The number one waterway visited by 59 percent of those asked was the Lehigh River.
- 50 percent of those asked said they had a strong interest in preserving active farms in the county to produce local food for local consumption. They also would like to see trails maintained and connected to other outdoor activities.
- The top three county historic resources visited in the past year include historic and covered bridges, the Old Fairgrounds Historic District, and the Lehigh Canal.
Reese said the most common words and phrases detected in the survey's answers included nature, quality of life, resources, trails, farms, parks, open space and preservation.
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