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Strategic Goal By 2015, 85% or more of citizens will indicate satisfaction with the amount of and access to open space and parks and recreation land in Maricopa County.

Trend over time:

Citizen Satisfaction with Amount of and Access to Regional Parks

Why this is Important:

Availability of open space, parks and recreational opportunities is key to County residents’ quality of life. Regional trails in Maricopa County are important public amenities providing active recreation opportunities and regional mobility. This goal is aimed at ensuring that citizens are satisfied with amount and availability of open space and parks in the County.

How Maricopa County government influences this goal:

Maricopa County is home to the largest regional parks system in the United States. The County owns and maintains approximately 199.2 miles of recreation trails in its Countywide system, and has consistently increased the miles of trails over the past few years.

How progress is measured:

Two measures will be used to track and report on progress toward this goal: satisfaction amount of open space and parks and recreation land, and access to the parks

Citizen satisfaction with amount of and access to Maricopa County regional parks

Where we are:

Current indicator value (FY2011) - amount: 68.0%

Current indicator value (FY2011) - amount: 69.0%

According to results from the 2011 Annual Citizen Satisfaction survey, two out of three respondents indicated satisfaction with the amount of and access to regional parks. This is a slight decline from the ratings reported in FY2010, and below the targeted goal of 85%.

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