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Survey Says: New Playground Equipment, Pool and Splash Pad Top Readers' Wish List

More than 280 people answered the question: What's On Your Wish List for Royal Oak Parks?

Royal Oak Patch launched a survey last week asking readers "What's On Your Wish List for Royal Oak Parks?" Of the 284 people that took the survey and more than 100 left comments.

[Read: Royal Oakers Dish on Pool, Splash Pad, Tennis Courts, Maintenance, New Ideas and More]

And the survey says...

The top five items readers say they want for parks are:

  • New or upgraded playground equipment for various parks ($325,000)
  • A swimming pool ($4 million)
  • A splash pad ($484,000)
  • Repair or resurface tennis courts ($60,000)
  • A plan for bike lanes ($9,000)

The estimated cost for the top five items on the readers' wish list is nearly $4.9 million. The big ticket item on the list is the swimming pool at $4 million. 

Of those taking the survey, more than half said they have children who are under 18 years of age. Nearly 94 percent said they were registered voters in Royal Oak and approximately 40 percent said they have lived in Royal Oak for more than 20 years. See who took the survey here.

Here's what people said was important by age group:

20 to 24 age group

  • New or upgraded playground equipment for various parks
  • Swimming pool 
  • Repair or resurface tennis courts 
  • Install flower beds at parks city-wide 
  • Plan for bike lanes
25 to 34 age group
  • New or upgraded playground equipment for various parks
  • Splash pad
  • Plan for an Amphitheater 
  • Swimming Pool 
  • Plan for bike lanes
35 to 44 age group
  • Splash pad
  • Swimming pool
  • New or upgraded playground equipment for various parks
  • Plan for bike lanes
  • Plan for an Amphitheater
45 to 54 age group
  • New or upgraded playground equipment for various parks
  • Swimming pool
  • Repair or resurface tennis courts
  • Upgrade basketball equipment at various parks
  • Splash pad
55 to 64 age group
  • New or upgraded playground equipment for various parks
  • Repair or resurface tennis courts
  • Construct new pavilion with restrooms at Memorial and Red Run parks 
  • Plan for bike lanes
  • Upgrade basketball equipment at various parks
65 to 74 age group
  • New or upgraded playground equipment for various parks
  • Replace Fibar city-wide
  • Splash pad
  • Upgrade basketball equipment at various parks
  • Construct new soccer fields

Note: No one that took the survey identified himself or herself as being under 19 years of age and only one person checked the 75 and over category.

The top five wish list items for those with children under 18 includes:

  • Swimming pool
  • New or upgraded playground equipment for various parks (tie)
  • Splash pad (tie)
  • Plan for bike lanes
  • Plan for an Amphitheater
The top five for those without children under 18 includes:
  • New or upgraded playground equipment for various parks 
  • Repair or resurface tennis courts
  • Plan for bike lanes
  • Construct new pavilion with restrooms at Memorial and Red Run parks
  • Plan for an Amphitheater
Do the survey results match your wish list for Royal Oak parks? Tell us in the comments.


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