Two instruments developed by Ellen Smith of Baltimore’s Parks & People Foundation, with help from Paul Jahnige of Community Resources and Chris Walker of the Urban Institute. Parks & People uses these questionnaires to collect information about communities along Baltimore’s Gwynns Falls Trail.

MODERATORS GUIDE QUESTIONS

Ice breaker:

Name?

How long you’ve lived in the community?

Anything you would like the group to know about you?

Lead Question:

Tell me about any really positive experiences you’ve had in parks? (Past and Present)

Probe - … positive experiences you’ve had by the stream?

1. What knowledge, if any, do you have about the Trail?

Probe – How did you receive the information?

2. What do you envision happening on the Trail?

Probe – What types of activities or events?

3. How should the Trail’s activities and events be planned or coordinated?

Probe – Who should do it?

4. How would you most likely use the Trail?

Probe – Would other communities? … other groups?

5. How do you think the Trail should be managed? Taken care of?

Probe – Maintained and by whom? Probe – Dumping?

6. Tell me your issues or concerns with Safety & Security?

Probe – What remedies or solutions would you suggest?

7. How do you intend to access (get to) the Trail?

Probe – Why there?

8. What would do you feel your community would be willing to do to support the Trail

Project? Probe – Other communities? Other

9. Tell me what you believe the benefits of this Trail will be to your community?

Probe – …The entire city? Probe – …any ways in which you feel it will be detrimental?

10. If you were Mayor for the next four years what would you do to ensure the Trail’s success? Probe – And sustain it? (Keep it that way?)

Anything else??

Thank you very much everyone.

Feel free to contact me should you have any further comments or questions.


FOCUS GROUP QUESTIONNAIRE

Name: __________________________________________________

Age: ________

Address: ________________________________________________

Phone #: _____________

Neighborhood:

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What does the Trail mean to you?

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What would you like to see happen on the Trail?

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How important do you anticipate the Trail being to you and your family?

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Why?

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What are some likely benefits of the Trail for you and your family?

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Your community

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The City?

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What problems, if any, do you anticipate having with the Trail?

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How would you suggest these problems be avoided?

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Who should do it?

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How will you most likely use the Trail?

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What types of amenities would you like to see along the Trail?

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What ways do you feel the Trail will best serve the needs of the community?

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Please give your ideas regarding the maintenance of the Trail?

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Comments:

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