Thank you to all participants in the survey questionnaire open to the public during the design phase of the project. We had over 450 respondents to help guide the team in identifying the amenities most desired by the community!


Grand Canalscape Design Questionnaire

How often do you walk or ride a bicycle along the Grand Canal today?

ValueCountPercentage
Don't use the canal path today 106 34.42%
A few times a month 63 20.45%
2-3 times a week 39 12.66%
Once a week 38 12.34%
4-5 times a week 36 11.69%
Daily 20 6.49%
A few times a year 4 1.30%
If it were safe and provided shade (trees) I would use the canal 2 0.65%

1. Where do you go when you use the path?

ValueCountPercentage
Only use for exercise, recreation or relaxation 140 69.65%
A restaurant, store, or other business 31 15.42%
Work 12 5.97%
School 8 3.98%
Visit friends 4 1.99%
Home 2 1.00%
Trips 2 1.00%
All of the above 2 1.00%

2. What do you think about the Grand Canal as it is today?

ValueCountPercentage
Has great potential but is underutilized, unsafe, and needs improvement 242 75.63%
Great pathway but needs improvement 66 20.63%
Love it - keep it as is 8 2.50%
It is unsafe and should not be used by the public 4 1.25%

3. Reorder the following list of improvements in order of what you believe is needed most.

ValueCountPercentage
Paving,Landscaping,Benches/Seating,Public Art,Benches,Shaded places to rest (trees or structures),Connections to neighborhoods,Bike racks,Solar arrays,Decorative paving,Historical interpretation/ references,Electrical outlets,Basic area lighting,Decorative lighting,Sculpture / artwork,Kiosks with maps of the surrounding areas,Pathway markers or features,Exercise stations,Drinking fountain 19 50.00%
Decorative paving,Landscaping,Benches/Seating,Public Art,Paving,Benches,Shaded places to rest (trees or structures),Connections to neighborhoods,Bike racks,Solar arrays,Historical interpretation/ references,Electrical outlets,Basic area lighting,Decorative lighting,Sculpture / artwork,Kiosks with maps of the surrounding areas,Pathway markers or features,Exercise stations,Drinking fountain 7 18.42%
Shaded places to rest (trees or structures),Landscaping,Public Art,Connections to neighborhoods,Paving,Benches/Seating,Benches,Decorative paving,Solar arrays,Bike racks,Historical interpretation/ references,Basic area lighting,Electrical outlets,Decorative lighting,Sculpture / artwork,Drinking fountain,Kiosks with maps of the surrounding areas,Pathway markers or features,Exercise stations 2 5.26%
Landscaping,Benches/Seating,Shaded places to rest (trees or structures),Connections to neighborhoods,Historical interpretation/ references,Electrical outlets,Paving,Public Art,Benches,Bike racks,Solar arrays,Decorative paving,Basic area lighting,Decorative lighting,Sculpture / artwork,Kiosks with maps of the surrounding areas,Pathway markers or features,Exercise stations,Drinking fountain 2 5.26%
Basic area lighting,Paving,Shaded places to rest (trees or structures),Benches/Seating,Landscaping,Bike racks,Drinking fountain,Public Art,Exercise stations,Electrical outlets,Connections to neighborhoods,Pathway markers or features,Kiosks with maps of the surrounding areas,Historical interpretation/ references,Sculpture / artwork,Solar arrays,Decorative lighting,Decorative paving,Benches 2 5.26%
Shaded places to rest (trees or structures),Landscaping,Basic area lighting,Benches/Seating,Benches,Paving,Connections to neighborhoods,Exercise stations,Pathway markers or features,Kiosks with maps of the surrounding areas,Public Art,Sculpture / artwork,Decorative paving,Decorative lighting,Bike racks,Solar arrays,Electrical outlets,Historical interpretation/ references,Drinking fountain 2 5.26%
Shaded places to rest (trees or structures),Basic area lighting,Connections to neighborhoods,Landscaping,Drinking fountain,Benches/Seating,Public Art,Paving,Benches,Bike racks,Historical interpretation/ references,Solar arrays,Decorative paving,Decorative lighting,Sculpture / artwork,Kiosks with maps of the surrounding areas,Pathway markers or features,Exercise stations,Electrical outlets 2 5.26%
Paving,Benches/Seating,Benches,Shaded places to rest (trees or structures),Landscaping,Connections to neighborhoods,Solar arrays,Historical interpretation/ references,Basic area lighting,Kiosks with maps of the surrounding areas,Pathway markers or features,Public Art,Bike racks,Decorative paving,Electrical outlets,Decorative lighting,Sculpture / artwork,Exercise stations,Drinking fountain 2 5.26%

Are there any improvements not on the list that you believe need to be made?

ValueCountPercentage
gpoll38446bc608 194 59.33%
gpoll38f5467dde 133 40.67%

What other improvements need to be made?

ValueCountPercentage
The path is awkward to walk on. 2 100.00%

4. What is your FUTURE vision for the Grand Canal?

ValueCountPercentage
A pathway to travel through the city with minimal interaction with vehicles 133 43.04%
An off-street path primarily used for biking, walking, jogging with limited amenities 76 24.60%
A walking path to connect neighborhoods and communities 35 11.33%
A community gathering place with small gathering places and amenities 28 9.06%
A quiet landscaped area ideal for relaxing and strolling 23 7.44%
Did not answer the question 12 3.88%
All of the above 2 0.65%

5. What are the greatest challenges in transforming the Grand Canal? (Select all that apply)

ValueCountPercentage
Making the path safe for residents to use at all times of day 218 30.75%
Safe road crossings at major intersections 215 30.32%
Cleaning up the garbage and graffiti 107 15.09%
Neighborhood acceptance of night time use 66 9.31%
Neighborhood acceptance of lighting 56 7.90%
Other (please specify) 47 6.63%

Please elaborate on the challenges in transforming the Grand Canal.

ValueCountPercentage
Did not answer the question 8 66.67%
It's in my back yard and will be noisy. Hopefully it will be completed quickly. 2 16.67%
Night time should be limited to 10pm (5am-10pm) 2 16.67%

6. What makes the neighborhoods adjacent to the Grand Canal unique?

ValueCountPercentage
Pedestrian, bicycle and transit friendly communities 117 39.00%
Historic communities 65 21.67%
More mature landscaping and trees 47 15.67%
Neighbors have created a sense of community 44 14.67%
Did not answer the question 14 4.67%
Architecturally significant homes 9 3.00%
nothing 2 0.67%
all of the above 2 0.67%

7. How should artwork be incorporated into the project?

ValueCountPercentage
Combination - have both types of art 131 40.94%
Functional - art which also serves as function such as shade structure 121 37.81%
Art is not important to this project 54 16.88%
Did not answer the question 11 3.44%
Stand-alone - art/sculptures exhibits 3 0.94%

8. What other suggestions do you have for improving the Grand Canal? Type "None" if you don't have any suggestions.

ValueCountPercentage
None 125 91.91%
None. 4 2.94%
There should be emergency phones along the path. 3 2.21%
Dog-friendly amenities like watering stations, receptacles for waste bags, etc. 2 1.47%
Harvest rain water for plants; nice path; good shade; benches 2 1.47%