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Get ready to critique city’s recreation services

Does Boca need more playing fields? A bigger swimming pool? More kayak launches?

Residents asked for that and much more at the first public feedback session for Recreation Services’ needs survey.

More pickleball courts, upgrading Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and taking care of both libraries were on a long wish list.

What needs improvement? Bicycle safety and dog-friendly parks and trails.

Why aren’t more people taking advantage of free or low-cost facilities and programs? No time, lack of awareness or parking were the top reasons reported to PROS Consulting at the Downtown Library Thursday.

This was the survey kickoff, so what happens next? They’ll meet city officials and stakeholders and conduct on-site visits, said PROS Consulting’s principal Neelay Bhatt.

Then a survey will be mailed to 2,000 to 3,000 households next month. That’s a sampling of 123,981 residents in the city and Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District.

The rest can respond to an online survey expected to be posted by July. The whole process should take 10 months to a year, said recreation services director Michael Kalvort.

By Marci Shatzman

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