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Northfield Bridge Square - online straw poll results

  1. 1. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll Q1 How has the increase in downtown, Bridge Square, and riverfront events in recent years affected your attendance? Answ ered: 194 Skipped: 2 I'v e attended more ev ents I'v e attended about the... I'v e attended few er ev ents Not applicable 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Answ er Choices Responses I've attended more events 63.92% 124 I've attended about the same number of events 27.84% 54 I've attended fewer events 3.61% 7 Not applic able 4.64% 9 Total 194 # Comments Date 1 I c ompletely avoid Bridge Square for the Saturday market fairs bec ause the parking is too far away. It isn't bec ause I c an't walk, but bec ause I am a busy person. These events keep me out of the entire downtown as well. I oc c asional attend c ultural events on Bridge Square and usually enjoy them. 12/20/2013 9:32 AM 2 Unfortunately I'm abroad muc h of the summer, but when I'm in town I love attending events. 12/20/2013 9:16 AM 3 The Saturday morning arts and foods bizarre is a nic e event, but lac ks energy throughout the year. The same vendors are selling the same items every week, whic h disc ourages repeat visits from loc al residents and there isn't enough advertising to attrac t residents from other c ommunities. There should be more reasons to keep loc als c oming bac k week after week. 12/20/2013 6:48 AM 4 Love Vintage Bands, Riverwalk and Winterwalk. DJJD is almost too muc h... 12/19/2013 1:57 PM 5 I have lived here 30 years. Riverwalk Market Fair is the best thing to happen to this town. 12/19/2013 1:18 PM 6 Yes! Love the band c onc erts and the Saturday markets. 12/11/2013 12:52 PM 1 / 53
  2. 2. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll 7 I think Bridge Square is a good plac e to have c ommunity events (during good weather!). I like meeting people at these events on Bridge Square. It's suc h a friendly plac e. Don't c hange it!! Everything about it is great. 12/11/2013 9:42 AM 8 As a newc omer in town, I don't believe there have been any events hosted in Bridge Square sinc e I've been here. But I am very muc h looking forward to it, and plan to attend as many as I c an. 12/10/2013 9:26 AM 9 Love the Riverwalk Market Fair, it has c hanged my Saturday habits 12/7/2013 7:20 PM 10 Bec ause of Market Fair. 12/7/2013 4:26 PM 11 I have ac tually attended fewer, but not bec ause of interest or the lac k of; simply a func tion of being older, and not as ac tive. There are more fun things to attend, if one has the energy. 12/7/2013 1:29 PM 12 I love having frequent events down there. 12/7/2013 12:48 PM 13 I go to Riverwalk onc e in a while 12/7/2013 11:24 AM 14 Has there been an inc rease? The question presumes so, whic h makes any response about frequenc y of attendanc e c ompletely subjec tive. A better question would be: Over the past x years, have you attended events in Bridge Square more, same, less often. 12/7/2013 8:15 AM 15 rec ently moved to town. Only here long enough for one summer. Still learning the town! 12/6/2013 8:54 PM 16 I love the ambianc e and energy of events in these venues. 12/6/2013 8:40 PM 17 I love the river walk art fair and go almost every weekend. 12/6/2013 5:45 PM 18 Handic apped - would love to attend more 12/6/2013 4:47 PM 19 The plaza is a plac e to linger, whic h is great...downtown events have more spac e and more attrac tive plac es to sit down and enjoy. Also, the Riverwalk Marketfair has inc reased the number of times that events draw me to Bridge Square. 12/6/2013 2:54 PM 20 It's my front yard, bec ause I live in an apartment on East 5th. 12/6/2013 2:40 PM 21 I do love the Vintage Band Fest! Thank you, Paul N. And that CERTAINLY brought in a lot of metro-area attendees, who then dropped a bit of c oin before leaving town. 12/6/2013 1:54 PM 22 The Bridge Square events have taken a toll on Bridge Square. There should be an investment in the spring to c lean up, add some good dark soil, and some sod. The grass c urrently looks VERY shabby, if not not existent. Previous efforts at spot reseeding have not gone well, and were done at the wrong time of the year. 12/6/2013 1:20 PM 23 This c ommunity has a heart, one that allows all to take pride in. That heart is Bridge Square 12/6/2013 12:26 PM 24 Notic e the c rowds! More and more attend events! 12/6/2013 10:57 AM 2 / 53
  3. 3. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll Q2 How helpful are downtown/Bridge Square/riverfront events for Northfield? Answ ered: 193 Skipped: 3 Very helpful Somew hat helpful Not v ery helpful Not sure 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Answ er Choices Responses Very helpful 77.72% 150 Somewhat helpful 17.10% 33 Not very helpful 2.59% 5 Not sure 2.59% 5 Total 193 # Comments Date 1 Northfield needs the type of events that happen on Bridge Square. They are an integral part of bringing a larger audienc e into the c ity. 12/20/2013 11:23 AM 2 They enc ourage c ollege students to visit downtown. 12/20/2013 10:54 AM 3 Only for c ultural events. The market fair is not helpful to me. 12/20/2013 9:32 AM 4 They really enhanc e the feeling of c ommunity and spec ialness for Northfield. 12/20/2013 9:16 AM 5 Makes the downtown animated and welc oming. 12/19/2013 1:57 PM 6 This is one aspec t of Northfield that makes Northfield a spec ial plac e for my family and I. I think about neighboring towns suc h as Farmington, Faribault, Owatonna, etc ., and they don't have nearly the frequenc y and variety of events downtown, in a public square, along the river as Northfield does. The more we enhanc e this spac e and the frequenc y of its use for public /c ommunity events the more benefic ial it bec omes for our c ommunity. 12/19/2013 1:51 PM 7 The better advertised they are, partic ularly outside of town, the more helpful they are. 12/19/2013 1:25 PM 3 / 53
  4. 4. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll 8 I imagine these events bring people into the downtown vic inity to shop, buy food & beverage, etc . as well as partaking in whatever events. This would inc lude both Northfielders and out-of-towners-and obviously the bigger events bring in more folks for even better business! 12/10/2013 9:26 AM 9 There are multiple loc ations throughout Northfield that serve the c ommunity need for a public gathering spac e, but Bridge Square provides additional vibranc y due to the downtown c ommerc ial businesses and higher density. Bridge Square benefits from the attendanc e of passers by or members of the c ommunity inc orporating an event in Bridge Square with their other daily duties. 12/9/2013 12:10 PM 10 Espec ially love Riverwalk Marketfair. As a shop owner, I know I see more traffic on those days. 12/9/2013 11:58 AM 11 Great to see the c rowds and I overhear lots of out of towners at these events 12/7/2013 7:20 PM 12 what some people seem to miss in the ec onomy vision for a small town, is that it (the ec onomy) c annot hinge all, or even mostly on one thing… it must be made up of a group of inc rements. So every inc rement helps. 12/7/2013 1:29 PM 13 What does "helpful" mean? Are you asking about whether Bridge Square events attrac t tourists? If they provide entertainment that improves quality of life for residents? If they have some other -unspec ified -- impac t? 12/7/2013 8:15 AM 14 The Division - Fourth Street area is the hub of our c ommunity soc ially, historic ally, c ommerc ially. 12/6/2013 8:40 PM 15 I think the music al events are terrific . The "old" bands were a genius c onc ept. 12/6/2013 4:47 PM 16 They are giving us a great reputation as a destination. 12/6/2013 2:54 PM 17 It is what is keeping the downtown vital! 12/6/2013 2:09 PM 18 Brings people into the downtown. Greater c hanc e for downtown businesses, restaurants to provide servic es and inc rease sales. Dollars turn over loc ally -- big win. 12/6/2013 1:54 PM 19 helpful? fun and interesting. 12/6/2013 1:51 PM 20 Townspeople attend events, and I met many out of town people enjoying c onc erts this summer. 12/6/2013 10:57 AM 4 / 53
  5. 5. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll Q3 What things inhibit or discourage you from attending more events downtown? (Check all that apply) Answ ered: 189 Skipped: 7 Lack of information about the... Lack of affordable transporta... Lack of parking close to the ev ents Nothing Other Not applicable 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Answ er Choices Responses Lac k of information about the events 31.75% Lac k of affordable transportation to and from the events 1.59% Lac k of parking c lose to the events 22.75% 43 Nothing 43.39% 82 Other 10.58% 20 Not applic able 4.23% Total Respondents: 189 60 3 8 # Comments Date 1 I do feel however, that Northfield is going to have to address the issue of a storied parking ramp at some point in the future. 12/20/2013 11:23 AM 2 I don't always enjoy large events, so we definitely skip some of them. 12/20/2013 9:48 AM 3 The parking is bad and the traffic is awful. 12/20/2013 9:32 AM 4 It's a pain in the butt when the square is c losed for events and you have to get to the post offic e. parking is so diffic ult. 12/20/2013 8:40 AM 5 Build a Parking Ramp 12/20/2013 7:58 AM 6 Too many people there 12/19/2013 6:58 PM 5 / 53
  6. 6. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll 7 c vb needs to up the marketing of events 12/19/2013 3:28 PM 8 I'm sic k of downtown doing nothing but looking for ways to waste more tax money 12/19/2013 2:10 PM 9 Don't always hear about events in time. 12/19/2013 1:57 PM 10 The times of some events (espec ially evening ones) c an be c hallenging to attend with young c hildren. So earlier events would be nic e! :) 12/19/2013 1:31 PM 11 I usually walk, living fairly c lose. But antic ipating the future when I'm more elderly, for major events (like Winter Walk) it would be great to be able to park a bit away and have transportation. 12/11/2013 12:52 PM 12 I'm within walking distanc e from downtown. 12/11/2013 12:49 PM 13 Lac k of seating 12/11/2013 11:50 AM 14 Onc e in awhile there c ould be better information about events happening on Bridge Square. 12/11/2013 9:42 AM 15 Not enough park benc hes or pic nic tables for some events. 12/10/2013 1:14 PM 16 c harlie kyte 12/9/2013 2:21 PM 17 Sc heduling c onflic ts 12/9/2013 2:08 PM 18 Lac k of money to buy things I see and want. 12/8/2013 3:59 PM 19 we live c lose enough to walk. usually the only thing that prevents us is bedtimes or energy levels or lac k of babysitters bec ause we have small c hildren. 12/8/2013 8:47 AM 20 Lac k of c lose bike parking and lac k of bike routes to downtown 12/7/2013 7:20 PM 21 Busy with other things. 12/7/2013 4:26 PM 22 as I said in #1, just a func tion of aging. It is absolutely 'c onvenient'; for God's sake, nothing is more than ten minutes away from anything else in a town this size. 12/7/2013 1:29 PM 23 I c an walk there. 12/7/2013 11:24 AM 24 A better question would be simply asking about what inhibits attending events downtown, period. Maybe a respondent attends all he/she wants to attend. "More" isn't the point. 12/7/2013 8:15 AM 25 Weather, lac k of seating spac e 12/6/2013 6:56 PM 26 Handic apped ac c ommodations 12/6/2013 4:47 PM 27 bad weather------is there a system for c anc ell;ing events? 12/6/2013 4:08 PM 28 Not enough spac e for many of the events. Could we look elsewhere for some of these events? 12/6/2013 3:51 PM 29 Weather. 12/6/2013 3:45 PM 30 More parking or downtown! 12/6/2013 2:54 PM 31 Not always interested in the partic ular events 12/6/2013 1:53 PM 32 Lac k of good weather. Lac k of good seating. Lac k of good sound system. 12/6/2013 1:42 PM 33 "Other": time c onstraints, not interested in some of the events 12/6/2013 1:14 PM 34 Not nec essarily anyone's fault but my own. 12/6/2013 12:37 PM 35 Some of the events, suc h as Taste of Northfield, are of no interest. Most of the events involve spending money, and I would rather spend my disc retionary inc ome elsewhere. Items at the Riverwalk Market Fair, for example, are more expensive than I c an afford. 12/6/2013 12:10 PM 36 Good entertainment, and time for soc ializing and meeting old friends, and making new. 12/6/2013 10:57 AM 37 The events aren't that great. 12/6/2013 10:54 AM 38 Lac k of a safe way to bic yc le on Division and surrounding streets. 12/6/2013 8:49 AM 6 / 53
  7. 7. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll Q4 Which of these statements reflect your understanding of Bridge Square's community role for these 150 years and more? Answ ered: 188 Skipped: 8 The uses ov er time are surprising... The uses ov er time are surprising... The uses now are primarily of commerc... The uses now are primarily for people... This central place continues ... Other 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Answ er Choices Responses The uses over time are surprisingly similar 10.64% The uses over time are surprisingly different 3.19% 6 The uses now are primarily of c ommerc ial value 4.79% 9 The uses now are primarily for people c onnec tions 19.68% 37 This c entral plac e c ontinues to be an important c ommunity asset 81.38% 153 Other 4.79% 20 Total Respondents: 188 9 # Comments Date 1 It should be bigger and adjoin the river. At a minimum, the short street in front of the Historic al Soc iety should c ome out. 12/20/2013 11:23 AM 2 I think it was an should be the c enter of our business distric t. The purpose should be to draw c ustomers to area businesses. Events should be primarily c ultural in nature. The Saturday market fairs c onc ern me. Downtown business owners pay rent & taxes. Are the Saturday vendors ... who are businesses themselves ... paying their fair share to c onduc t c ommerc e in Northfield on c ity property. 12/20/2013 9:32 AM 3 It c ould be utitlized more 12/19/2013 3:01 PM 7 / 53
  8. 8. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll 4 I am not aware of Bridge Square's historic al uses. 12/19/2013 2:09 PM 5 "c ommerc ial" is a loaded term. Do you mean things like a farmer's market or the DJJD food booths. They're okay by me. Do you mean permanent c ommerc ial interests? No, that's where the people c onnec tions spac es hold firm. 12/11/2013 12:52 PM 6 Perhaps not "surprisingly" similar, but yes, I think ac ross Northfield's history, from what I understand it seems that Bridge Square has played an important role in the c ommunity to be ac c essible for all, a gathering plac e, etc . I think we c an take that idea and improve upon it for the c urrent (and future) needs of the townsfolk. 12/10/2013 9:26 AM 7 Seems like an important c ommunity asset now, but I don't know how it's been used in the past. 12/9/2013 11:58 AM 8 It is Northfield's heart, its c ore, a magnet for people both from here and from afar. I'm so thankful our forefathers and mothers had the insight and ethic s to envision and develop suc h a town c enter TO BE USED BY PEOPLE. 12/8/2013 3:59 PM 9 I have no idea and I have lived here for 23 years. 12/8/2013 2:37 PM 10 It is the flexibility of the square that allows it to be an important c omponent of so many different ac tivities and func tions. 12/7/2013 1:29 PM 11 Why "surprisingly"? Does one have to be surprised to think Bridge Square serves the same or different role today as it did 150 years ago? 12/7/2013 8:15 AM 12 What? 12/6/2013 9:34 PM 13 i have no idea how it was used 150 years ago 12/6/2013 5:44 PM 14 Early photos of the Bridge Square area showed it to be a major c rossroad, whic h was an asset to the mill, businesses on both sides of the river and to residents. It c ontinues to serve as Northfield's outdoor living room and a direc t window onto the river, THE major feature that distinguishes Northfield from many other small towns. 12/6/2013 5:03 PM 15 It has always been a public spac e. It is meant to stay that way. 12/6/2013 2:09 PM 16 Although it was originally the parking lot for John North's mill, it seemed to rather quic kly bec ome the c entral c ommunity gathering plac e...at least when Norwegian royalty was in town. 12/6/2013 1:42 PM 17 Friendly gathering plac e. 12/6/2013 10:57 AM 18 Bridge Square is the heart of our c ity and should be a plac e of beauty that raises the spirits and attrac ts people to town. Its beauty and parklike appearanc e draw people to downtown not just the events. 12/6/2013 10:08 AM 8 / 53
  9. 9. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll Q5 How important is it to you to keep the Senior Center popcorn wagon on Bridge Square? Answ ered: 190 Skipped: 6 Very important Somew hat important Not important Other 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Answ er Choices Responses Very important 35.79% 68 Somewhat important 38.42% 73 Not important 21.05% 40 Other 4.74% 9 Total 190 # Other (please specify) Date 1 It's a novel tradition. Just don't know if it needs to be in the c enter of Bridge Square. 12/20/2013 11:52 AM 2 It shows that the c ommunity c ares that it's elder c an take part in c ommunity ac tivities. 12/20/2013 10:57 AM 3 It helps keeps Bridge Square as a c ultural and soc ial setting. 12/20/2013 9:41 AM 4 It brings a human c onnec tion to a lovely spot when there are no spec ial events happening. Rarely, do I drive through downtown and not notic e people stopping at the wagon for a bag of popc orn,. I'm told by volunteers at the wagon that they are often asked for information about the c ommunity. Free goodwill ambassadors! What a deal. 12/20/2013 8:49 AM 5 The popc orn wagon has bec ome a c ommunity ic on. People tell the volunteers that work the wagon, that summer is offic ial when they see the popc orn wagon is bac k in bridge square. Remove the popc orn wagon? Then why not remove all of the familiar and welc oming aspec ts in Northfield. 12/20/2013 7:25 AM 6 I often stop by Bridge Sq. just to support the senior c enter and get a bag of popc orn. 12/20/2013 6:49 AM 7 No idea 12/19/2013 1:26 PM 9 / 53
  10. 10. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll 8 Very, very, very... I have loved it sinc e I was a c hild, now it is a fixture for my own kuds. I would weep if it left. Literally. 12/19/2013 1:23 PM 9 LOVE it. 12/11/2013 1:26 PM 10 What if the post offic e was made into a CIVIC CENTER, and the popc orn wagon moved inside, to free up some spac e in the SQUARE? 12/11/2013 1:01 PM 11 I don't use it. But it lends a nic e homey ambianc e and small town feel. So I don't know if it needs to stay but it does add. 12/11/2013 12:58 PM 12 I love the idea of the Popc orn Wagon, and historic ally it seems to fit in, and it does make sense for it to be in this c entral loc ation downtown. However, if for logistic al, prac tic al, or even aesthetic reasons it needed to move I think there would be other great loc ations for it downtown. 12/10/2013 9:53 AM 13 The popc orn wagon is a rather unique ammenity in Bridge Square. Would other vendors be allowed to sell items in Bridge Square? Perhaps a gelato c art or a c offee c art c ould be attrac ted to this area. 12/9/2013 12:21 PM 14 Nic e to have some refreshments available during nic e weather. It wouldn't have to be the popc orn wagon -- though it seems to do a good job. 12/9/2013 12:15 PM 15 I do enjoy it and frequent it often, but perhaps it c ould move somewhere else. 12/9/2013 11:59 AM 16 no opinion 12/8/2013 3:54 PM 17 we LOVE the popc orn wagon!!! 12/8/2013 8:51 AM 18 Love it! I enjoy walking around downtown munc hing on popc orn. 12/7/2013 7:22 PM 19 What would be the reason to remove it? 12/7/2013 1:39 PM 20 It's nic e but I wouldn't say important. 12/7/2013 11:26 AM 21 It's c harming, but easily moved. 12/7/2013 8:21 AM 22 No opinion 12/6/2013 9:25 PM 23 Our daughter *loves* the wagon; it's a spec ial treat for her in the summer. 12/6/2013 9:02 PM 24 It's a nic e tradition! 12/6/2013 8:44 PM 25 It may be important for people other than myself. 12/6/2013 5:51 PM 26 It looks great there. 12/6/2013 5:17 PM 27 I very rarely eat popc orn, but I like to see the stand there. It is unique and adds flavor to the Square. And I have seen that many other people do like that popc orn. 12/6/2013 2:47 PM 28 It is a nic e addition tot he Square but I don't think Northfield would fall apart if the wagon were to go away. 12/6/2013 2:13 PM 29 It is nic e but not essential. Great exc use for adults to let kids feed duc ks, bec ause little kids c an't read signs. 12/6/2013 2:04 PM 30 It's fun to have, though I never patronize it. But if it gets in the way of something more appealing, I'd be ready to lose it. 12/6/2013 1:58 PM 31 It's a very nic e feature and seems to have bec ome "part of Bridge Square". 12/6/2013 1:54 PM 32 EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! 12/6/2013 1:23 PM 33 My kids would be heartbroken if it left! 12/6/2013 1:15 PM 34 Many people walk around eating that tasty popc orn. 12/6/2013 11:09 AM 35 The popc orn wagon has been there sinc e I was a c hild. Bridge Square would not be the same without it. Now that I work downtown, my c oworkers and I like to go for an afternoon snac k. The popc orn wagon is important bec ause it brings people to the square during the work week, where most other events on the square happen during evenings/weekends. 12/6/2013 10:24 AM 36 This is not important to me but I don't know how often it is used and apprec iated by others. 12/6/2013 10:15 AM 10 / 53
  11. 11. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll Q6 How important is it to you to keep the Civil War Memorial on Bridge Square? Answ ered: 190 Skipped: 6 Very important Somew hat important Not important Other 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Answ er Choices Responses Very important 37.37% 71 Somewhat important 35.26% 67 Not important 23.16% 44 Other 4.21% 8 Total 190 # Other (please specify) Date 1 It's good to have the memorial somewhere. I'm not sure if it needs to be on Bridge Square. 12/20/2013 11:52 AM 2 Not many c ommunities are old enough to have one. 12/20/2013 9:41 AM 3 I don't know how long it's been there, but seems to be well established. I see no reason to remove it. 12/20/2013 9:18 AM 4 It's a part of the historic c harm and gives Bridge Square a sense of c ontinuity over the years. 12/20/2013 8:49 AM 5 Maybe it c ould be moved to a less c entral spot in the square to allow for better movement, etc . 12/20/2013 7:25 AM 6 I'd prefer it be reloc ated. 12/19/2013 4:51 PM 7 I don't think it has to remain in its c urrent loc ation, but it is nic e to have in the 'area'. I don't know its full history. 12/19/2013 2:01 PM 8 I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't notic e that we had one. Could it join the veterans memorial? 12/19/2013 1:51 PM 9 Is this really up for debate? That is c razy! 12/19/2013 1:23 PM 10 It has history and it c arries an ongoing tradition - a positive tradition and positive tradition is something to be valued & kept 12/11/2013 1:26 PM 11 / 53
  12. 12. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll 11 I like the idea of moving it to Memorial Park. 12/11/2013 1:01 PM 12 This is our heritage. I like the historioc ity of it. And how would Oles and Carls c elebrate their wins over eac h other without it? However if it c ould be moved to a different loc ation in downtown that might be okay. 12/11/2013 12:58 PM 13 I think that having "bits of history," and Northfield history spec ific ally, reflec ted in Bridge Square is important. The Civil War Memorial definitely qualifies! However, I also think that it might be either inc orporated into the square in a different way, or again if logistic ally or aesthetic ally it makes sense to move it to say, Riverside park with the Veterans memorial, I think that would be amenable! One other idea is that sometimes the square feels a little "exposed"--the open spac e c reating a kind of "fishbowl" affec t. Perhaps using the CW Memorial, benc hes or other seating, and planting shrubs or trees, one c ould c reate some more "private" or "c ozy" areas within the square as well as some openness. (Of c ourse on the other hand it is really nic e to have those nic e open views--perhaps there's a happy-medium!) 12/10/2013 9:53 AM 14 I don't feel any c onnec tion with it -- 12/9/2013 12:15 PM 15 no opinion 12/8/2013 3:54 PM 16 I think memorials suc h as these are important reminders of our history 12/8/2013 8:51 AM 17 What would be the reason to remove it? a reverential and ic onic symbol of the c ommunity in a c entral public spac e, the most appropriate spac e for it. 12/7/2013 1:39 PM 18 Nic e to have but doesn't need to be in this loc ation. Could be in Memorial Park for example. 12/7/2013 11:26 AM 19 We c ould easily have a monument distric t over by the veteran's memorial. 12/7/2013 8:21 AM 20 No opinion 12/6/2013 9:25 PM 21 It's more a benc h than a monument. 12/6/2013 8:44 PM 22 It provides a historic al touc hstone for our c ommunity. If it is moved somewhere else, I think it needs to be replac ed with something else that symbolizes the c ommunity c ontinuity. A monument for peac e might be nic e. 12/6/2013 5:51 PM 23 Very important historic al remembranc e. Looks nic e and great spot for sitting during events. 12/6/2013 5:17 PM 24 Could that monument be moved to the newer WWII memorial near Riverside Park and Hwy 3? 12/6/2013 5:07 PM 25 Move it to the Veterans' Park. 12/6/2013 3:54 PM 26 That monument was designed for the Square. It has been there sinc e it was installed in the 1920s. It is also listed in the National Register nomination. I c ould see the memorial moving c loser to the river but it would still have to be c lose to the original loc ation. 12/6/2013 2:13 PM 27 It doesn't have to stay right where it is, but the memorial in some fashion needs to be near the downtown (and Ames Mill) as a further reminder of the history of the c ity and its possible link to the James Younger gang c hoosing Nfld as a target. 12/6/2013 2:04 PM 28 It's a piec e of history, and so shouldn't be lost. But it c ould be moved elsewhere. 12/6/2013 1:58 PM 29 It seems worth c onsidering a different loc ation within the Bridge Square area, in order to keep it "in" Bridge Square while allowing for possibly more effec tive spac e use. 12/6/2013 1:54 PM 30 It is essential to keep our Civil War Monument in its plac e. Can't imagine anyone wanting to move this! We honor our veterans. 12/6/2013 11:09 AM 31 I think for history's sake it should stay somewhere in the vac inity, but it does not have to stay in it's c urrent, prominent loc ation. 12/6/2013 10:24 AM 32 This c ould be moved to the other war memorial loc ation along highway 3. However, I'm not a veteran. Veterans may have a different view and it would be a mistake to move something that many people view as sac red. 12/6/2013 10:15 AM 33 Consider moving it to Veteran's Park to make more room 12/6/2013 8:52 AM 12 / 53
  13. 13. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll Q7 How important is it to you to keep the Sheldahl fountain on Bridge Square? Answ ered: 189 Skipped: 7 Very important Somew hat important Not important Other 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Answ er Choices Responses Very important 48.15% 91 Somewhat important 33.33% 63 Not important 14.81% 28 Other 3.70% 7 Total 189 # Other (please specify) Date 1 People do like the water feature on Bridge Square and often on hot days and in the evening there are people-- espec ially w/ small c hildren gathered there. 12/20/2013 11:28 AM 2 It is nic e to have a fountain. I prefer a more traditional style, but I'd rather have the Sheldahl fountain vs. no fountain. 12/20/2013 9:41 AM 3 This is a beautiful fountain and foc al point. 12/20/2013 9:18 AM 4 People LOVE that fountain! Kids are always playing near it. And it's muc h safer than the river. 12/20/2013 8:49 AM 5 My son runs to it every c hanc e he gets! 12/19/2013 8:25 PM 6 I think the fountain should be moved. As the c enter of the square it is a divider and distrac tion. If it were reloc ated to ac ross the street by the bridge and river, for example, the square c ould func tion more as a real event spac e. 12/19/2013 2:01 PM 7 I don't know what that is. 12/19/2013 1:56 PM 8 Water feature is nic e on those hot steamy days but that fountain is ugly, in my opinion. I love love to see a mister like the one at Ammerman Pavillion. 12/19/2013 1:51 PM 9 It is a Northfield ic on! 12/19/2013 1:23 PM 13 / 53
  14. 14. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll 10 I'd like to see a smaller fountain…….with water rec yc led up from the river to automatic ally water flowers and gardens in the square. Or maybe a platform of "danc ing waters" for kids to play in when it is really hot…..like they have at the APPLE VALLEY ZOO. 12/11/2013 1:01 PM 11 I love watc hing the kids paddle their feet on hot days, but it does take up a great deal of spac e. So I c ould be c onvinc ed a better use of spac e c ould be made. 12/11/2013 12:58 PM 12 If not that fountain, a fountain. 12/11/2013 6:52 AM 13 I think having a water feature of some sort is valuable, but I don't think the existing fountain is partic ularly attrac tive. 12/10/2013 1:51 PM 14 Some of the history of this piec e may be lost on me, but personally I am not very attac hed to the fountain, espec ially as a c enterpiec e of the square. In fac t, I think this might make a really lovely addition to riverside park/the veterans memorial. Or, perhaps this c ould move to another loc ation within the square, say more on the riverfront, or else another loc ation downtown. 12/10/2013 9:53 AM 15 It is not a nic e looking fountain- too modern for the look of the square. 12/9/2013 12:37 PM 16 More for the extra plac es to sit than for the aesthetic s .. 12/9/2013 12:15 PM 17 Kids enjoy it. 12/9/2013 11:59 AM 18 no opinion 12/8/2013 3:54 PM 19 Or put in a new one. 12/8/2013 2:38 PM 20 we're c reated many memories at the fountain in our six years here. our kids love it. 12/8/2013 8:51 AM 21 There is just no reason to move it … why? to replac e it with another newer amenity? 12/7/2013 1:39 PM 22 It depends what would replac e it. I really like the fountain but for the right idea...? 12/7/2013 11:26 AM 23 A fountain is a nic e feature in a public spac e. That partic ular fountain is not artistic ally distinc tive. 12/7/2013 8:21 AM 24 I've never understood the attrac tion of the fountain. It takes up a lot of spac e and always seems kinda grimy - or useless, sinc e it's turned off for a third of the year. 12/6/2013 8:44 PM 25 I like having a fountain there. 12/6/2013 5:51 PM 26 Totally makes Bridge Square. Very attrac tive. 12/6/2013 5:17 PM 27 Great gathering plac e and sourc e of relief during hot weather during the most popular gathering season. 12/6/2013 5:07 PM 28 It c ould be move c loser to the river. 12/6/2013 2:13 PM 29 As with #5 above, I like it--but if an exc iting new plan prec ludes it, I'd think about moving it elsewhere. 12/6/2013 1:58 PM 30 It's pretty popular with the c hildren...in fac t, it's the c losest thing we've got to playground equipment in Bridge Square and its presenc e probably allows parents of young c hildren to attend events. 12/6/2013 1:54 PM 31 The kids love to play in it, but it would probably be better if it would ac tually be an interac tive water feature…meant to be played in. 12/6/2013 1:15 PM 32 Unbelievable that this c ould be moved from Bridge Square! jake's fountain adds so muc h interest, beauty, and c hildren love to splash in it, whic h is exac tly what jake wanted them to do. Enjoy the fountain. 12/6/2013 11:09 AM 33 The square needs a foc al point and a fountain is attrac tive in the warmer months - not very impressive for 6 months of the year. 12/6/2013 10:15 AM 34 It's a great amenity, for both kids and adults. It's a plac e to sit, c ool off on a hot day, and it's visually pleasing. 12/6/2013 8:52 AM 14 / 53
  15. 15. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll Q8 How important is it to you to keep the trees on Bridge Square? Answ ered: 190 Skipped: 6 Very important Somew hat important Not important Other 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Answ er Choices Responses Very important 83.16% 158 Somewhat important 13.16% 25 Not important 2.63% 5 Other 1.05% 2 Total 190 # Other (please specify) Date 1 And improve the rest of the landsc aping too-- please! This is a c ity hub!! 12/20/2013 11:28 AM 2 Public spac es without trees are not very welc oming for visitors. Look at parks like Sibley or the soc c er c omplex where there are few trees. Less people visit there. 12/20/2013 10:57 AM 3 We need more trees everywhere in town, espec ially in the business distric t. 12/20/2013 9:41 AM 4 Shade and a sense that the square has been a part of the c ommunity for a very long time. 12/20/2013 8:49 AM 5 Need to keep trees, but again, they c ould be moved around some. I espec ially like the trees along the river. 12/19/2013 2:01 PM 6 Shade! 12/19/2013 1:51 PM 7 Really, the trees!?! Yes, keep the trees! 12/19/2013 1:23 PM 8 I like the trees very muc h. They provide shade and some c olor and more importantly oxygen! Removing the trees would be kind of sad, in my opinion! 12/10/2013 9:53 AM 9 It is very important to have appropriate trees and landsc aping in this spac e. The spec ific trees would depend on how they fit into the overall landsc aping plan for Bridge Square. 12/9/2013 12:21 PM 15 / 53
  16. 16. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll 10 It's just a lot nic er with trees .. 12/9/2013 12:15 PM 11 Trees need to be groomed on a regular basis. And, over time, may need to be replac ed. But the mature are very important for the overall ambianc e. 12/8/2013 1:22 PM 12 we like to see the trees espec ially dec orated with white lights for Dec ember. I notic ed this year that two of the trees have newer looking bluish lights and the rest are a nic e golden white. I wonder if that c an be c hanged so that they are all the nic e golden ?? :) 12/8/2013 8:51 AM 13 If not these spec ific trees then other mature trees. 12/7/2013 5:27 PM 14 the trees and grass are a welc ome c ool island of nature and green in the midst of the many red bric k buildings and surrounding hardsc ape. This is a SMALL town, and it should look like a small town. 12/7/2013 1:39 PM 15 Green spac e and trees provide a pleasant respite from pavement. 12/7/2013 8:21 AM 16 Shade! Beauty! 12/6/2013 8:44 PM 17 We need more trees, not less. 12/6/2013 5:51 PM 18 The trees are very nic e and the shade is apprec iated. 12/6/2013 5:17 PM 19 Trees provide shape, height, c olor, shade,merc y. 12/6/2013 5:07 PM 20 No one wants to sit in the sun. 12/6/2013 3:53 PM 21 Perhaps even more trees. 12/6/2013 2:47 PM 22 Without trees you might as well c lose Bridge Square! 12/6/2013 2:15 PM 23 Only if the trees were smaller. Downtown never had trees before and we c ould do muc h more with other types of greens. 12/6/2013 2:13 PM 24 Those trees, or any trees? Don't want the future square to be treeless hardsc ape. 12/6/2013 2:04 PM 25 Again, I love the trees--but see how they c ould interfere with a desirable new plan. 12/6/2013 1:58 PM 26 It's nic e to have a little shade for event in the heat of the Summer. The trees c ould be reloc ated...or replac ed by some other shade produc ing element(s). 12/6/2013 1:54 PM 27 or other, better varieties 12/6/2013 1:53 PM 28 Your seriously even asking? Why don't you just pave the whole damn thing over. (Sarc asm). This should stay a nic e c omfortable park. It should ac tually have MORE trees, not less. 12/6/2013 1:23 PM 29 Trees add so muc h to our c ity! My perfec t Red Maple on the east side of Bridge Square adds beauty and shade. 12/6/2013 11:09 AM 30 LESS CONCRETE THE BETTER, NEED TREES TO KEEP THE BEAT DOWN. 12/6/2013 11:01 AM 31 The trees and flowers make the spac e attrac tive and "livable." Bridge Square without trees and flowers would just be a slab of c ement - how ugly. 12/6/2013 10:15 AM 32 We need more shade downtown. 12/6/2013 8:52 AM 16 / 53
  17. 17. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll Q9 How important is it to you to keep the benches on Bridge Square? Answ ered: 189 Skipped: 7 Very important Somew hat important Not important Other 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Answ er Choices Responses Very important 84.66% 160 Somewhat important 10.05% 19 Not important 2.65% 5 Other 2.65% 5 Total 189 # Other (please specify) Date 1 Again, it keeps it as a soc ial & c ultural gathering plac e. 12/20/2013 9:41 AM 2 If anything we need more benc hes. 12/20/2013 9:18 AM 3 ac tually, it would be nic e to have more seating on Bridge Square 12/20/2013 9:18 AM 4 Again...this is a c ommunity gathering plac e. 12/20/2013 8:49 AM 5 Add more seating! 12/20/2013 8:38 AM 6 Could use more if the c ommunity wants the square to be used. 12/20/2013 7:25 AM 7 I would almost like to see more benc hes/seating. 12/19/2013 8:25 PM 8 we need more seating! 12/19/2013 3:22 PM 9 Should be more benc hes and quiet, semi-private plac es to sit and talk. 12/19/2013 2:01 PM 10 Keep them! Sitting is nic e! OMG! 12/19/2013 1:23 PM 11 More benc hes would be great 12/12/2013 7:46 AM 12 Always nic e to have a plac e to sit & watc h whatever it is going on around me 12/11/2013 1:26 PM 17 / 53
  18. 18. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll 13 I feel that some seating is important but that doesn't mean it has to be benc hes, or be right where they are now. 12/11/2013 1:01 PM 14 Or some form of seating 12/11/2013 11:51 AM 15 Need more benc hes 12/10/2013 1:14 PM 16 I think it's very important to inc lude seating in Bridge Square. I think the c urrent benc hes are fine, although my c onc ern is that they do not enc ourage soc ializing, per-say, and again I think they feel a little exposed if you want to sit and have a quiet c hat or read, etc . Some seating arrangements (like little c afe tables/c hairs) as well as benc hes might be nic e, and arranged in ways that both inspire soc ializing as well as some "c ozier" private spots I think are in order. 12/10/2013 9:53 AM 17 It is very important to provide public seating in this spac e. The spec ific benc hes depend on how they fit into an overal design for Bridge Square. 12/9/2013 12:21 PM 18 Lots of folks (sometimes inc luding me) have a better time when they c an take a rest oc c asionally. Keep the benc hes 12/9/2013 12:15 PM 19 Benc hes are very important! That being said, if another design would c ompliment the use of the square even more, a c hange c ould still work. 12/8/2013 1:22 PM 20 we use them regularly 12/8/2013 8:51 AM 21 People need plac es to rest while visiting the square, we c ould use more benc hes 12/7/2013 7:22 PM 22 More benc hes please! 12/7/2013 5:27 PM 23 What possible valid reason to remove them? One often meets someone for an impromptu c hat when c rossing the square … how nic e! 12/7/2013 1:39 PM 24 People like to sit. 12/7/2013 8:21 AM 25 There should be benc hes, but not nec essarily those benc hes 12/7/2013 8:12 AM 26 Not nec essarily these partic ular benc hes, but c omfy seating is nec essary. Comfier seating would be even better - Adirondac k c hairs! 12/6/2013 8:44 PM 27 benc hes are needed but should be designed into the overall look and feel 12/6/2013 5:48 PM 28 Get lots of use. 12/6/2013 5:17 PM 29 more are needed 12/6/2013 4:10 PM 30 I like sitting there. 12/6/2013 2:47 PM 31 Benc hes and Trees! 12/6/2013 2:15 PM 32 Benc hes and other sitting areas are a nec essity for a great "Third Spac e" (or is it 4th now? -- c an't keep up). These benc hes, in this c onfiguration, c an c ertainly shift, as c an the rec ent game tables, as designs are firmed up. 12/6/2013 2:04 PM 33 or other benc hes 12/6/2013 1:53 PM 34 More benc hes would be nic e... 12/6/2013 1:32 PM 35 I use the benc hes often, as do others. Often, I have said to strangers, "You have the best seat in town!" They agree. 12/6/2013 11:09 AM 36 Bridge Square should be a beautiful plac e where people want to linger and meet and rest. Events are good but they are not the main reason for the square's existenc e. 12/6/2013 10:15 AM 18 / 53
  19. 19. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll Q10 How important is it to you to keep the picnic/game tables on Bridge Square? Answ ered: 187 Skipped: 9 Very important Somew hat important Not important Other 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Answ er Choices Responses Very important 33.69% 63 Somewhat important 42.25% 79 Not important 20.32% 38 Other 3.74% 7 Total 187 # Other (please specify) Date 1 I was not aware that there were tables. 12/20/2013 10:57 AM 2 I ac tually c an't pic ture them. If they are over by the river, that would be nic e. 12/20/2013 9:41 AM 3 Again, the more plac es for people to sit and hang out, the better. 12/20/2013 9:18 AM 4 Pic nic - yes Game tables - no 12/20/2013 8:38 AM 5 the pic nic table is not welc oming - need more permanent seating, better designs, more c reativity in seating. think high line in NYC. we c an do better than just a pic nic table. 12/19/2013 3:22 PM 6 I don't remember ever notic ing these… Where are they? 12/19/2013 2:01 PM 7 Here again...I never notic ed. 12/19/2013 1:51 PM 8 We love to buy lunc h snd eat by the river. It is a favorite family ac tivity. 12/19/2013 1:23 PM 9 More tables would be great. 12/12/2013 7:46 AM 10 Need more pic nic tables 12/10/2013 1:14 PM 19 / 53
  20. 20. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll 11 I c an't rec all seeing these...are they there only in summer perhaps? Anyway, I think it's potentially a nic e idea. 12/10/2013 9:53 AM 12 Ample public seating is more important that pic nic or game tables. The pic nic tables are c urrently well used bec ause the public seating is otherwise insuffic ient. 12/9/2013 12:21 PM 13 As long as there are extra tables for eating events, I don't c are muc h the rest of the time 12/9/2013 12:15 PM 14 Depends on the future events that oc c ur at Bridge Square. 12/8/2013 1:22 PM 15 we just use them at DJJD and Taste of Northfield. seems like they c ould be moved in for that. 12/8/2013 8:51 AM 16 Love the game tables 12/7/2013 7:22 PM 17 There are game tables? Never notic ed despite hundreds of visits. Yes to pic nic tables. 12/7/2013 5:27 PM 18 they're very nic e in the square, but c ould move c loser to the river if spac e is needed for some reason in the square 'proper'. 12/7/2013 1:39 PM 19 Nic e, but not nec essary. 12/7/2013 8:21 AM 20 Meh. 12/6/2013 8:44 PM 21 Espec ially important during events but always a plus. 12/6/2013 5:17 PM 22 Not sure they've been there long enough to determine their value. 12/6/2013 3:54 PM 23 Good addition to the spac e -- need to give people permission to slow down. 12/6/2013 2:04 PM 24 The pic nic tables have proven to be quite popular. It seems that only that Wigley c harac ter wanted the game tables. 12/6/2013 1:54 PM 25 We c ould use c ollapsible pic nic tables for use during events where people eat a lot. 12/6/2013 11:09 AM 26 I am so thankful that the c ity dec ided to put those in! They are fantastic and now the square has people on it all the time. Again, these are great during the work week bec ause we c an take our lunc hes and eat them outside and be right in the heart of downtown. 12/6/2013 10:24 AM 20 / 53
  21. 21. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll Q11 How important is it to you to keep the flower pots on Bridge Square? Answ ered: 190 Skipped: 6 Very important Somew hat important Not important Other 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Answ er Choices Responses Very important 55.26% 105 Somewhat important 28.95% 55 Not important 11.58% 22 Other 4.21% 8 Total 190 # Other (please specify) Date 1 Again, an attrac tive inviting spac e with good landsc aping is important-- that c ould inc lude the c urrent flower pots or not. 12/20/2013 11:28 AM 2 Aesthetic s are always nic e. 12/20/2013 10:57 AM 3 Flower pots are very are nic e as long as they are maintained. 12/20/2013 9:41 AM 4 Color and love...they add beauty. 12/20/2013 8:49 AM 5 a nic e touc h. 12/19/2013 2:01 PM 6 Great c ollaboration and they are stunning. 12/19/2013 1:51 PM 7 They are lovely 12/19/2013 1:23 PM 8 flowers and plants are nic e, but don't need to be right where they are now..or in pots. 12/11/2013 1:01 PM 9 I like flowers! Again it c reates a c olorful and aesthetic ally pleasing spac e. Also, again they way in whic h flower pots or flower beds are arranged c an really shape the atmosphere of the square and c an really be utilized to c reate the feelings I mentioned above. 12/10/2013 9:53 AM 21 / 53
  22. 22. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll 10 Planters and flower pots should be inc orporated into the overall design for Bridge Square. The existing flower pots may or may not be the best long-term solution for this spac e. 12/9/2013 12:21 PM 11 Makes it look great. 12/9/2013 12:15 PM 12 "Pots are very important. But, again, the use of the square should dic tate their design. Also need to c onsider durability. 12/8/2013 1:22 PM 13 Flowers yes. In these or other pots. 12/7/2013 5:27 PM 14 Helping plant flowers and dead head them during the summer as a member of the Garden Club has been a very satisfying ac tivity - so many passersby are apprec iative and stop to c hat. 12/7/2013 2:46 PM 15 I keep repeating this… but what would be the reason to remove these dec orative elements? People are c onstantly c omplaining about the loss of c onnec tions to 'Nature'; the flowers provide this as well as dec oration. 12/7/2013 1:39 PM 16 Doesn't have to be flower pots. But growing things are important. 12/7/2013 12:49 PM 17 The flower pots are just a detail. A better question would be about the overall aesthetic s and dec oration of this public spac e. 12/7/2013 8:21 AM 18 Nic e to have flower pots but don't have to be those exac t pots 12/7/2013 8:12 AM 19 Living things like the flowers and trees are essentially to keeping the plaza from feeling arid. 12/6/2013 8:44 PM 20 They are beautiful. We need more beautific ation projec ts in our town, not fewer. 12/6/2013 5:51 PM 21 again design them into the overall look and feel 12/6/2013 5:48 PM 22 Need some kind of landsc aping - if not flower pots, flower garden. 12/6/2013 3:54 PM 23 At this time we don't have a great idea of the final design. This is rated "Somewhat" to indic ate teh need for living things, not a patio. 12/6/2013 2:04 PM 24 Flowers and natural greenery are important...but I'm not wedded to pots. 12/6/2013 1:58 PM 25 Flower pots are not important. "Permanent" planters are very important. I think T. J. Heinric y had suggested planters that were raised to a height that would be more c onvenient for the Garden Club and c reate potential for built-in benc hes. 12/6/2013 1:54 PM 26 Perhaps, they c ould be a smaller size to use less spac e, but they look lovely. 12/6/2013 11:09 AM 27 The planters are a very beautiful addition to the downtown. Driving through other towns the plantings have always made the c enter of towns feel warm. Adding c olor to ones world is very important. 12/6/2013 11:01 AM 28 There are flower pots? 12/6/2013 10:55 AM 29 Flowers in the c ity c enter are gorgeous and make Northfield appear to be a town that is c ared for and a plac e where people would like to spend time. 12/6/2013 10:15 AM 22 / 53
  23. 23. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll Q12 What comments do you have about other current elements/fixtures of Bridge Square not listed above? Answ ered: 54 Skipped: 142 # Responses Date 1 Would like to see it opened up a bit... c lose a road, c onnec t it to the river. 12/20/2013 12:03 PM 2 Traffic pattern is the defining fac tor regarding any renovations to Bridge Square. As the Post Offic e goes away, is it possible to c onvert the streets on two sides into pedestrian walkways? That would open the square to many more possibilities. 12/20/2013 11:52 AM 3 Really people. We c ould better on the holiday dec orations for Bridge Square. It needs to look like we're paying attention to the details. Hello. 12/20/2013 11:28 AM 4 Maybe we should see what happens with the post offic e before putting too muc h money into Bridge Square. I'm sure there will be signific ant rec onstruc tion whic h may damage or c hange the c harac ter of Bridge Square. Someone would have to pay for damage, but fixing something is never the same. I think we should spend money on fixing the damaged Riverwalk as mentioned in the paper. 12/20/2013 9:41 AM 5 The drinking fountain is also important. As I said above, the more elements that make it pleasant for people to spend time there, the better. 12/20/2013 9:18 AM 6 Leave Bridge Square alone. The c harm of Bridge Square was what drew us to this c ommunity 13 years ago. We were looking for a c ommunity with soul and c harm. Bridge Square and the River Front c ontributed a great deal to that. 12/20/2013 8:49 AM 7 Retain the c urrent street grid. 12/20/2013 8:31 AM 8 Need grass! 12/19/2013 10:26 PM 9 I'm not sure what is wrong with what we have. 12/19/2013 3:36 PM 10 c lose the streets in front of the Historic al Soc iety and along the dam to c reate a ground level town square 12/19/2013 3:31 PM 11 I think the businesses that surround Bridge Square should inc lude a restaurant or c afe whic h c ould spill out onto the Square in the right season. Even in winter, this kind of traffic would animate the Square muc h more than it is now. 12/19/2013 2:01 PM 12 While we are at, let's keep the drinking fountain. I really c annot fathom why Bridge Square c ould possibly need an ipdate. I love it as is. Really love it. 12/19/2013 1:23 PM 13 Func tioning drinking fountains are valuable. 12/16/2013 9:13 PM 14 Keep the old, suc h as the Civil War Memorial, and c ombine with the new or rec ent. 12/11/2013 6:13 PM 15 Remove the road on the West side of Bridge Square to make it a larger park area that direc tly c onnec ts with the river; and let people turn left on the SE c orner. Also, keep the dam. Removing the dam and replac ing it with roc ks is a really bad idea. It'll look nic e about two weeks a year when the water is flowing from the snow melt. The rest of the year it'll look like a pile of roc ks with a tric kle of water running through them. 12/11/2013 5:18 PM 16 I love Bridge square - love that it's the c enter of many ac tivities and love that it's a great plac e to sit and feel c onnec ted to something. When we were new to town & knew nobody and my c hildren were very little, it gave me a plac e to go to easily entertain the kids & feel c onnec ted to a town that I liked, but that I didn't feel c onnec ted to yet. It was an opportunity to be out & part of something even though I was not part of something. Now I love it as a gathering plac e - and I still use it as a resting/c onnec ting plac e 12/11/2013 1:26 PM 17 Maybe there are more roads going through there than needed? The park c ould be muc h larger it seems…..without so many roads or traffic for visitors to have to deal with. 12/11/2013 1:01 PM 23 / 53
  24. 24. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll 18 Bridge Square is a wonderful multi-use spac e. It's a park of sorts, definitely a gathering spac e, and a foc us for the downtown. We must c herish it, but c hanging it a bit to keep it heavily used and a c enter of the c ommunity is reasonable. 12/11/2013 12:58 PM 19 I have c onsiderable experienc e in Cental Americ an c ities and towns where El Centro, or the zoc olo, as it is often c alled, is the c enterpiec e of the c ommunity and the gathering spot for all...To me, the Bridge Square does not offer that kind of feel or use....you need to make it not only people friendly, but people attrac tive.....an absolute must is public WIFI availabe throughout the park...benc hes to sit and talk, attrac tive landsc aping, good evening lighting, and events, even small, that will attrac t people and families to c ome down and interac t...If it were me, I would give serious c onsideration to c losing off streets and making them pedestrian avenues. In spec ific , I would c lose off the southern street in front of the Olive Oil and Vinegar store, and c lose off the road between the square and the park by the river....Keep open the northern road and the road up to the Post Offic e building but don't have to go through to the north....This now c onnc ts the square with the park by the river and greatly expands its use and attrac tiveness. Doing this would now allow in the future for perhaps a restaurant or c afe with outside dining or c offee and a plac e to sit and watc h people, etc . Tremendous attrac tion to have stuff like this foc used on the Square in good weather.. I know you won't do muc h of this, but frankly otherwise you're juswt putting lipstic k on...make it ATTRACTIVE to people to c ome to, or most of us will just keep walking by no matter what you do . Finally, the Post offic e building is a big elephant there...it is very diffic ult and very expensive to turn a building like that into something usable and people friendly/ the c ost of refitting and remodeling that building will be enormous, enough to put off any uses that might be c onduc ive to the SQuare, so alot of thought must be given to that. I would honestly have the City buy it and turn it into City Offic es and meeting plac es to keep a public use feel to it. But if you don't do anything else, PLEASE put in WIFI, or you won't attrac t muc h of anyone to the spac e 12/11/2013 9:58 AM 20 It is a beautiful, wonderful gathering plac e as is. Don't c hange it! 12/11/2013 9:43 AM 21 If it ain't broke, don't fix it. It seems we are looking for a solution in searc h of a problem here. Why spend more taxpayer money when we don't really need too? 12/11/2013 6:52 AM 22 I think it should be left as is! Works fine and no c hanges need to be made! 12/10/2013 2:13 PM 23 Func tioning drinking fountains are important. 12/10/2013 1:51 PM 24 The grass--this is a tough one. Having green grass in summer is nic e. But it's a lot of work, $, and c an be quite a bugger to upkeep. I c ould see removing some of the grass and ac tually having more of the spac e paved, as well as inc luding more flower pots or beds in loc ations where they won't be trampled during events. The pathways- sometimes a little funny for pedestrian use, espec ially towards the riverfront. This would inc lude the c rosswalks going from the "island" toward the PO, and along the riverfront c rossing 4th. Roads-I for one vote for c losing off either Water St and/or Bridge Square Road using the in-street barric ades. By c reating a c ul-de-sac , you c ould still have adequate parking, but this would c reate even more of a "park" feel in the square, would inspire more pedestrian use, allow for more room for things inc luding summer and winter events alike (perhaps an ic e rink!?). Sinc e this is the c enter of town, perhaps some of these parking spac es should be handic ap ac c essible to c reate as muc h ac c essibility as possible. 12/10/2013 9:53 AM 25 I would support planting more trees for shade--espec ially if the popc orn wagon disappears and makes more room. 12/9/2013 3:03 PM 26 Dont we have better things to spend money on... 12/9/2013 2:43 PM 27 Pedestrian flow and ac c ess should be the primary c onsideration for this spac e. Providing some level of privac y from the surrounding traffic (through hardsc aping or landsc aping) should also be a priority. 12/9/2013 12:21 PM 28 I love Bridge Square. I realize c hange c an be good sometimes, and the c ity likes to c hange it up. The only thing I would suggest is c lose the street to motor vehic les.... 12/8/2013 1:42 PM 29 Find a way to expand the square. 12/7/2013 7:22 PM 30 Do not c lose the streets. This c enter of town func tions very well. 12/7/2013 2:46 PM 31 Complaints about the grass not being perfec t, or hard to keep are , in my view, silly. The green is visually welc oming as a plac e to relax amidst the surrounding hardsc ape; it doesn't have to be perfec t… it's used. 12/7/2013 1:39 PM 32 Traffic needs to be re-routed. Connec t the c entral plaza to the river without the 1/2 bloc k of Water Street bisec ting it. 12/7/2013 8:21 AM 24 / 53
  25. 25. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll 33 I would like the square to be more like a European plaza. Take away the grass and c ube. Cobblestone the surfac e right into the road. 12/7/2013 8:12 AM 34 If any c hanges are made, I would love to see Bridge Square c ontinue to be a great plac e for our c ommunity to gather in large numbers. Sometimes it feels c hopped up and hard to navigate at large events. 12/7/2013 3:52 AM 35 Lawn always look tired. I think we need permanent hardsc ape instead of grass. We also need more gardens there as well. 12/6/2013 8:53 PM 36 My main beef about the square is the traffic flow - the little spur along the mailboxes is annoying and dumb, and the traffic through the intersec tion is often muddled and not inviting to pedestrians. I'd love to see Division between Fourth and Fifth c losed to c ars. 12/6/2013 8:44 PM 37 sometimes it's just a little small 12/6/2013 8:04 PM 38 not knowing what c omes next...I think bridge square should be designed like a european plaza, stone, fountain, limited c ar traffic . 12/6/2013 5:48 PM 39 Bridge Square has never looked or func tioned better. I haven't seen too many new c onc epts. Saw one onc e with a pic ket fenc e that I really hated. Grass c ould maybe use some help as long as we don't have to keep off it. 12/6/2013 5:17 PM 40 Raising the sec tion of Water Street between the PO and 4th St. to the c urb height c ould slow vehic ular traffic , and make the area feel more like one big park when the street is c losed for events. 12/6/2013 5:07 PM 41 Convenient and portable seating - wheeled in and out easily 12/6/2013 4:51 PM 42 The elements in the square have evolved over time without muc h of a plan. Even so, it seems to attrac t people and to work as a more formal gathering plac e. Before we c ompletely rec onstruc t it, we should look at how to expand the area, how to c onnec t it with other elements down town, etc . It will be hard to get a c onsensus on radic al c hange, and I'm not sure the square merits radic al c hange. I hope the result of the survey is not a reflec tion of a small group. It is c ritic al that radic al c hanges are the result of c areful agreement on an overall goal. This may be diffic ult to ac hieve. 12/6/2013 3:54 PM 43 Give people reasons to be in Bridge Square at times other than events. Make it a daily plac e to be. 12/6/2013 2:56 PM 44 Let's be sure to keep the post offic e on the Square. It brings people to the square, and just being by the Square enc ourages them to maybe take a moment and relax. 12/6/2013 2:47 PM 45 Bridge Square is hard to work with for events and gatherings. It is a good plac e for small groups to gather and talk but it is hard for large events. 12/6/2013 2:13 PM 46 I think that the Community Band Conc erts are very important. It would be great if we c ould reshape Bridge Square to better ac c ommodate those performanc es and audienc es. 12/6/2013 1:54 PM 47 the partic ular fixtures aren't important, but the func tions are important. 12/6/2013 1:53 PM 48 Grass needs to be replac ed / reseeded. Should invest in durable sod. Close the street in front of the historic ial soc iety, as well as stop it in front of the post offic e. rec onnec t Bridge Sqaure with the River. 12/6/2013 1:23 PM 49 I'd like to hear more about new proposals so that I c ould offer more spec ific feedbac k on the ideas being tossed about. 12/6/2013 1:15 PM 50 The parking is a problem ...I think however I would suggest that Division St be made a ONE WAY that way all traffic flow will be in one direc tion and parking will be made easier with the flow going one direc tion. My suggestion would be to make it flow NORTH TO SOUTH. 12/6/2013 12:29 PM 51 We are now enjoying the beautiful Christmas tree lights! Thanks to those who do them! 12/6/2013 11:09 AM 52 Would be great to have it more park like. 12/6/2013 11:01 AM 53 The flower pots and baskets add a lot to the welc oming feeling of downtown. Thanks to the volunteers and workers that maintain them!! 12/6/2013 10:46 AM 54 You didn't ask how important it is to keep traffic moving along the square- to me, it is absolutely not nec essary. I think it would be so fantastic to c reate a more park like setting by getting rid of the c ars! 12/6/2013 10:24 AM 25 / 53
  26. 26. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll Q13 What do you like best about Bridge Square? What are the successful features? Answ ered: 108 Skipped: 88 # Responses Date 1 benc hes, a plac e to meet and greet, flower and winter pots, a plac e for the c ommunity to c ome together. 12/20/2013 12:28 PM 2 The c entral loc ation.... the gathering spot.... event c enter. 12/20/2013 12:07 PM 3 It is a downtown foc al point. It's proximity to the river and mill rac e. 12/20/2013 11:53 AM 4 grass, shade, plantings, water feature somewhere to get a treat-- c urrently the popc orn wagon 12/20/2013 11:37 AM 5 It is a wonderful loc al c entralized gathering plac e. The fountain and landsc aping make it attrac tive to loc als and visitors. 12/20/2013 10:58 AM 6 Good gathering plac e. I like that it is c entral with some areas flowing off from it. I like the c ommunity hub fac tor. I love the big trees. I like that there is a water element, though I'm not in love with that partic ular fountain. I like that there are benc hes to sit on and eat a snac k or people watc h. 12/20/2013 9:54 AM 7 It's there. It is a nic e plac e to just hang out with family and friends. 12/20/2013 9:48 AM 8 that it provides a c entral gathering plac e. The River Walk Market has been a wonderful addition to Saturday mornings downtown. 12/20/2013 9:33 AM 9 The fountain, the popc orn wagon, the shady areas and the proximity to the river. 12/20/2013 9:20 AM 10 walking around. 12/20/2013 8:44 AM 11 Loc ation, and its walkable. 12/20/2013 8:39 AM 12 Signific ant, historic , c enter c ivic square of Northfield. 12/20/2013 8:33 AM 13 I love the view of the square as a gathering spac e with many ages and walks of life represented. My grandc hildren look forward to visiting the popc orn wagon when they visit in the summer. We have listened to c onc erts with the square of people enjoying not only the c onc ert or program and visiting with folks around the square. The fountain is a soothing and c omforting. Despite its small size it reminds me of a town square and I apprec iate that feeling in Northfield. It's a great c ommunity spac e. 12/20/2013 8:31 AM 14 New Game tables 12/20/2013 8:01 AM 15 The G.T. Sc hjeldahl fountain, the monument. 12/20/2013 7:55 AM 16 The Popc orn Wagon. It is the c entral feature downtown. The square should be embrac ed by the c ommunity. 12/20/2013 7:30 AM 17 It is set-up to attrac t residents of all ages and from all walks of life. You need to keep the things that allow people to freely gather and enjoy the spac e. 12/20/2013 6:50 AM 18 The fountain and its c entral loc ation 12/19/2013 8:27 PM 19 A c ommunity meeting plac e. 12/19/2013 8:01 PM 20 Green spac e in a downtown 12/19/2013 7:05 PM 21 Loc ation, the "heart of c ommunity" feeling of the plac e. 12/19/2013 4:53 PM 22 c enter of downtown; ac c ess to the water; c ommunity magnet 12/19/2013 3:41 PM 23 c entral plac e for events -- great during vintage band festival 12/19/2013 3:24 PM 24 Gathering spot for the c ommunity Events suc h as Thursdays in the Summer River Quarter Arts (not sure of real title of the Saturday arts booths) Popc orn Wagon Eating sport 12/19/2013 3:23 PM 25 open spac e in downtown 12/19/2013 3:02 PM 26 / 53
  27. 27. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll 26 Central loc ation. Has many uses. Is used by many different organizations and people. 12/19/2013 2:57 PM 27 Its loc ation - c entral to the town. Its openness. The c lear edges from the buildings around it. 12/19/2013 2:05 PM 28 As the parent of a small c hild, I love the fountain bec ause it's entertaining. And I love the trees for shade. But mostly I love the huge variety of things that happen there. 12/19/2013 2:04 PM 29 Cental loc ation along the river. 12/19/2013 1:56 PM 30 I like when there isn't an event going on you c an sit on a benc h and enjoy being downtown and people watc h. 12/19/2013 1:56 PM 31 It is a nic e and welc oming green spac e. Great for family walks. 12/19/2013 1:32 PM 32 It's a nifty soc ial spac e 12/19/2013 1:27 PM 33 Gathering spot. Quaint. Central. Homey. Unique. Pretty. Popc orn. Fountsin. Memorial. Free drinking water. 12/19/2013 1:25 PM 34 The fountain, benc hes 12/16/2013 9:14 PM 35 I love that it is c entral hub for the downtown with lots of events. 12/11/2013 7:40 PM 36 Spac e, loc ation, river, proximity to businesses. 12/11/2013 6:17 PM 37 The fountain, benc hes, shade, grass, popc orn wagon. It's attrac tive! 12/11/2013 1:27 PM 38 a nic e gathering plac e for people……..with plants and plac es to sit in the shade. 12/11/2013 1:13 PM 39 Loc ation, multi-func tion, gathering spac e 12/11/2013 1:00 PM 40 The attrac tive riverside loc ation Suc c essful features c ertainly inc lude the popc orn wagon and fountain. 12/11/2013 11:56 AM 41 Green spac e, view of river, c entral 12/11/2013 11:53 AM 42 I c an't tell one partic ular thing about Bridge Square. I like all of it. As I said, don't c hange it!! 12/11/2013 9:45 AM 43 It is great the way it is. 12/11/2013 6:53 AM 44 Bringing the c ommunity together! 12/10/2013 3:22 PM 45 I think it should be left as is! Works fine and no c hanges need to be made! 12/10/2013 2:14 PM 46 Loc ation; open-ness, having some c olor/green in the downtown. I enjoy walking through Bridge Square when I'm making trips downtown or just to have a destination for a stroll, regardless of the weather or season. Farmers markets sound wonderful, I c an't wait to partake in that! 12/10/2013 1:02 PM 47 Bridge Square is the c ommunity "gathering spac e" or tiny living room. So what if it's not big enough? We just overflow. It's the plac e to meet people, hear c onc erts, munc h popc orn, and enjoy the beautiful flower pots maintained by the Nfld. Garden Club done for over 20 years. 12/10/2013 10:55 AM 48 Fountain, c entral loc ation. 12/9/2013 3:04 PM 49 Nic e gathering spac e for people 12/9/2013 2:13 PM 50 Central loc ation 12/9/2013 1:07 PM 51 Central loc ation -- the sense of being in the heart of town. 12/9/2013 12:16 PM 52 Close to important plac es, good hang-out and meeting spot, plac e to run into folks, plac e to rest and just enjoy your surroundings, memories of summer afternoons with an ic e c ream c one or popc orn... 12/9/2013 12:02 PM 53 To be near the river, to hear the water in the fountain, to see what's new in planters eac h year but mostly as a plac e for people to sit and visit or observe what's going on around them. 12/9/2013 8:28 AM 54 Everything. It is well laid out and eac h feature is apprec iated, even loved. 12/8/2013 4:05 PM 55 The water fountain, popc orn wagon, benc hes and flowers. All those things make me want to go there and hang out with kids or friends. 12/8/2013 2:41 PM 56 It is lovely to have a plac e to develop a sense of c ommunity. 12/8/2013 1:34 PM 57 gathering plac e for people 12/8/2013 9:24 AM 27 / 53
  28. 28. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll 58 popc orn! fountain! poetry on the sidewalk! 12/8/2013 8:56 AM 59 c entrality attrac tiveness c ommunity ac tivities and gatherings 12/8/2013 12:13 AM 60 Its c entral loc ation, surrounded by our beautiful historic buildings and flanked by the Cannon River. 12/7/2013 7:26 PM 61 Benc hes to sit and c hat. Spac e for kids to play. Visibility from division st -- c an c hec k it out as you walk by. 12/7/2013 5:33 PM 62 Many c rossing paths. The Jac obson fountain is wonderful. 12/7/2013 2:48 PM 63 I guess it's obvious that I love the square as a fairly unspec ific site exc ept for its ic onic town square elements. It's suc c essful bec ause of how well it adapts to various uses. 12/7/2013 2:03 PM 64 The waterfall and the river being part of the gathering spac e. The square is part of downtown, thus c onvenient to restaurants and c offee shops. 12/7/2013 12:55 PM 65 It's by the river and the waterfall. Works well for Taste of Northfield, Jesse James Days, Riverwalk, etc . 12/7/2013 11:30 AM 66 Green spac e. Plac es to sit. 12/7/2013 8:22 AM 67 The fountain is beautiful. I like it as a gathering festivity plac e and also a plac e to meet up at or just sit on the sun. 12/7/2013 8:16 AM 68 Any c hanges to this c entral Third Plac e should be made with Great Caution. I think it func tions very suc c essfully at present with the c urrent features. 12/7/2013 5:58 AM 69 It's c entral loc ation. 12/7/2013 3:56 AM 70 I like that people hang out there, stop and spend a few minutes, and gather there for events. 12/6/2013 9:11 PM 71 Plac e to sit downtown to relax. Love the trees for shade. This is the only plac e where there is shade downtown; why would you c onsider removing the trees? 12/6/2013 9:05 PM 72 The open feeling and the plenitude of ways to either sit and enjoy the spac e or wander. 12/6/2013 8:48 PM 73 loc ation 12/6/2013 8:06 PM 74 It's a c rossroads - feels like the c enter of town. The open spac e is the best feature. 12/6/2013 6:59 PM 75 The open area, the landsc aping, the popc orn wagon. 12/6/2013 6:17 PM 76 How everyone has ac c ess and c an "use" it. I like that people have figured out c reative means to get the spac e used and make the c enter of town, the foc us of our c ultural life here. 12/6/2013 6:01 PM 77 flowers benc hes fountain 12/6/2013 5:54 PM 78 Heart of the historic downtown. Proximity to the river. Visual window into the downtown from Hwy. 3 ac ross Ames Park and the river. Crossroads for lots of people and neighbors. 12/6/2013 5:13 PM 79 Central foc us for the town - sense of belonging to Northfield and history 12/6/2013 5:01 PM 80 -c onc erts , public events like the League of Women Voters anniversary event, peac e protests 12/6/2013 4:18 PM 81 The beauty of it in the middle of the town. Lots of people who are tourists or visiting their families c omment about this. The loveliness of the tree c anopy for shading of individuals in the area. They want to stay longer under the trees for events whic h last for a time. 12/6/2013 4:14 PM 82 It is the gathering plac e; the "living room" of Northfield. Love outdoor music sinc e the sound bec omes one with nature. 12/6/2013 4:02 PM 83 Loc ation near river, the c enter of downtown, green - trees, plants, grass, gathering plac e. 12/6/2013 3:59 PM 84 Great gathering spot. 12/6/2013 3:49 PM 85 Events 12/6/2013 3:01 PM 86 Just the fac t that it is there, in the c enter of town. It gives Northfield a c enter. 12/6/2013 2:50 PM 87 The loc ation on the River Walk, with trees and benc hes make it a great plac e to meet friends and new people. 12/6/2013 2:20 PM 88 It's a flexible park-spac e in the c enter of downtown, and affords easy ac c ess to the River from the heart of downtown. 12/6/2013 2:15 PM 28 / 53
  29. 29. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll 89 It has performed fairly suc c essfully for many dec ades as a multi-purpose public spac e. It c an host relatively large gatherings but also serve as a c alming spac e for an individual break. Hopefully, it c an be reshaped to be more effec tive for both c ommunity events and as an aesthetic foc al point. 12/6/2013 2:14 PM 90 The very best features are that it is a c entral downtown open spac e. It is used by everyone. Rarely (Exc ept when truly nasty weather) is it bereft of people. 12/6/2013 2:11 PM 91 Foc us for the town. Something open in the midst of c ommerc e. 12/6/2013 1:59 PM 92 The small size seems to be a feature, not a problem. 12/6/2013 1:55 PM 93 The fountain, use of spac e during events like the Vintage Band Festival with bandshell and plenty of spac e for audienc e. 12/6/2013 1:34 PM 94 It has a perfec t small town feel. I love the statue, the popc orn wagon, and the fountain. 12/6/2013 1:27 PM 95 c entral loc ation; pedestrian-friendly (at least somewhat); assoc iation with the river; relatively unc luttered - so that many types of events c an take plac e there in the available spac e and in the arrangement of that spac e. Also, I love the mix of people enjoying the area, ranging from people who fish near the dam, to teenagers hanging out, to visitors and residents just enjoying the opportunity to slow down a little. 12/6/2013 1:22 PM 96 Provides a great c entral spac e to meet, attend c ommunity events like c onc erts and markets, have a pic nic while watc hing the waterfall and fishing taking plac e. 12/6/2013 1:20 PM 97 Central loc ation downtown. Green spac e. Gathering spac e. 12/6/2013 1:09 PM 98 The HOME town feel of it 12/6/2013 12:32 PM 99 Benc hes, trees, flowers, grass. 12/6/2013 11:57 AM 100 large trees, dec orated pots, feeling of c onnec tion to natural elements 12/6/2013 11:44 AM 101 Bridge Square has been a c ongenial gathering plac e always. It is inviting for old and young to enjoy. 12/6/2013 11:21 AM 102 Popc orn wagen, water feather, planters and trees. 12/6/2013 11:11 AM 103 Community gathering spot, welc oming, someplac e everybody knows 12/6/2013 10:47 AM 104 Green grass, flower pots overflowing with flowers or greens in winter. 12/6/2013 10:26 AM 105 Central draw for downtown. 12/6/2013 10:25 AM 106 The square's "parklike" nature with trees and flowers bring life to the downtown. A sterile c ement slab would be very effic ient for events but sure wouldn't be pleasant to visit. 12/6/2013 10:24 AM 107 Everything 12/6/2013 10:19 AM 108 It's an amazing c ommunity gathering spot in a vibrant downtown. It's ability to host a variety of c ommunity events is its best feature. 12/6/2013 8:54 AM 29 / 53
  30. 30. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll Q14 What are the unsuccessful features of Bridge Square? Answ ered: 99 Skipped: 97 # Responses Date 1 grass that doesn't grow. 12/20/2013 12:28 PM 2 I think the position of the monument hinders the use of the entire square for events... everything has to happen around it. 12/20/2013 12:07 PM 3 The fac t the direc t ac c ess to the river and mill rac e are interrupted by a street. 12/20/2013 11:53 AM 4 eroding pavers and sidewalk. dead or dying plantings. Inattention to dec orating-- espec ially for the holidays. Bridge Square is an island surrounded by traffic . 12/20/2013 11:37 AM 5 It is not large enough for some of the c rowds it attrac ts for spec ial events. 12/20/2013 10:58 AM 6 It seems like useage-wise it needs to be rethought out. How c an the flow work better. How c an people c onnec t more when there is a giant memorial and fountain in the middle? Do we need more benc hes, tables? 12/20/2013 9:54 AM 7 The road in between the Square and the river has too muc h traffic . The mail box should be moved elsewhere. 12/20/2013 9:48 AM 8 The street that goes between the river and the square. 12/20/2013 9:20 AM 9 Big post offic e drop box. You c an move that. 12/20/2013 8:50 AM 10 The fac t that there's a business (the PO) that is diffic ult to get to when the square is c losed to traffic . And, that happens often. Closing the square to traffic is a pain in the butt. 12/20/2013 8:44 AM 11 The grass is really in poor c ondition and a little too muc h c onc rete. Not a good c onnec tion to the river 12/20/2013 8:39 AM 12 Permanent c onc rete pads that the pic nic tables sit on. Also the large elec tric al box. 12/20/2013 8:33 AM 13 For me, nothing is unsuc c essful about it. 12/20/2013 8:31 AM 14 Lac k of proper irragation system & raised planter beds ti reduc e palnt damage 12/20/2013 8:01 AM 15 Lac k of parking 12/20/2013 7:55 AM 16 The fountain and memorial take up alot of spac e. Perhaps these features c ould remain but not in the middle of the square. 12/20/2013 7:30 AM 17 A lot of c ars don't stop when people are c rossing the c rosswalks 12/19/2013 8:27 PM 18 The fountain breaks up the flow of the spac e. It c ould be moved to a better spac e still in the square, c loser to the river or c loser to Division street. 12/19/2013 7:05 PM 19 I'd like to see more permanent seating. 12/19/2013 4:53 PM 20 the south and west streets; the lawn upkeep 12/19/2013 3:41 PM 21 ugly pic nic tables -- grass that does not grow so dirt is visible...need better paving -- more historic , suc h as bric ks. needs a real design team. 12/19/2013 3:24 PM 22 Roads surrounding Bridge Square Poor landsc aping 12/19/2013 3:23 PM 23 lac k of parking 12/19/2013 3:02 PM 24 Limited seating or level ground to plac e c hairs. 12/19/2013 2:57 PM 25 I think the fountain at the c enter, and the amount of offic e buildings around the square make it generally more 'dead' and uninhabited than it c ould be. 12/19/2013 2:05 PM 26 The memorial is fun to c limb on, but maybe that's not its highest and best use? 12/19/2013 2:04 PM 27 Road that separates the square from the river. Ugly fountain. 12/19/2013 1:56 PM 30 / 53
  31. 31. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll 28 It would be nic e if somehow it was bigger. 12/19/2013 1:56 PM 29 Traffic . 12/19/2013 1:32 PM 30 traffic flow 12/19/2013 1:27 PM 31 I c annot think of one. Truly. 12/19/2013 1:25 PM 32 I think the fountain is a nic e idea, but it seems to be a bit of an eyesore (the inside of it should not be bright blue) 12/11/2013 7:40 PM 33 The road that separates the square from the river. 12/11/2013 6:17 PM 34 Too many roads and too muc h vehic ular traffic . 12/11/2013 1:13 PM 35 It's small, c rowded (fountain and memorial), and unbalanc ed visually and use-wise. 12/11/2013 1:00 PM 36 Perhaps lac k of seating for elderly people. 12/11/2013 11:56 AM 37 NONE 12/11/2013 9:45 AM 38 Nothing other than people looking to c hange it for the sake of c hanging it. Leave well enough alone. 12/11/2013 6:53 AM 39 The very poor upkeep of the grass. 12/10/2013 3:22 PM 40 None 12/10/2013 2:14 PM 41 Not pedestrian-friendly enough, traffic around the square is an issue in terms of traffic c onfusion and the safety of pedestrians (even if there haven't been that many ac c idents, it doesn't FEEL that safe). I don't like that it's an "island", and would enjoy it more if it were a little "c ozier" and felt a little safer. 12/10/2013 1:02 PM 42 I suppose parking is always a problem. Why c an't more people bike? Or walk? We are spoiled with our c ars in this c ountry. Grass will always be a problem in the square bec ause of people traffic that's OK. Keep trying. I love the Civil War monument and fountain - history and running water. Nic e. A tiny Trafalgar Square for Nrothfield. Keep it intac t. 12/10/2013 10:55 AM 43 Nothing c omes to mind. 12/9/2013 3:04 PM 44 auto traffic 12/9/2013 2:13 PM 45 Vehic le traffic pattern is not optimal for pedestrian ac c ess. Even if the U.S. Post Offic e stays at this loc ation, the post box loc ated on Bridge Square c reates a vehic le traffic pattern that is antipedestrian. 12/9/2013 1:07 PM 46 All the roads that need to be bloc ked off if you try to have a large event there. 12/9/2013 12:43 PM 47 Not muc h parking nearby -- makes it harder for folks with mobility issues (inc luding young c hildren and their families ... and no restrooms c lose by 12/9/2013 12:16 PM 48 I've oc c asionally seen dog doo-doo in the grass. Need to alert when walking! 12/9/2013 12:02 PM 49 There is nothing that bothers me about the c urrent features and the c urrent use of Bridge Square. 12/8/2013 4:05 PM 50 New game table. Need more benc hes. 12/8/2013 2:41 PM 51 Some of the signs/advertisements lac k aesthetic appeal. They stic k out like a sore thumb! 12/8/2013 1:34 PM 52 with very small c hildren, it is a little nerve wrac king to have so many open sides to traffic , but I'm not sure there is a solution to that, so they just have to be watc hed c arefully 12/8/2013 8:56 AM 53 worn down grass 12/8/2013 12:13 AM 54 Not enough pedestrian sc ale amentities 12/7/2013 7:26 PM 55 Not enough benc hes. 12/7/2013 5:33 PM 56 Gum on the sidewalks is a bit ugly 12/7/2013 2:48 PM 57 If the grass is seen as "unsuc c essful" then spend more money on it… 12/7/2013 2:03 PM 58 The layout of the roads nearby, inc luding that annoying traffic flow by the mailbox, where you have to turn right after mailing a letter. Could the mailbox be moved somewhere else reasonably c onvenient but not in Bridge Square? There's a reasonable number of plac es to sit and enjoy the spac e, but I wonder if a new design would make the sitting spac es even better. 12/7/2013 12:55 PM 31 / 53
  32. 32. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll 59 Needs more parking nearby. I c an walk to downtown but I'm sure that others are deterred bec ause they'd like to park c loser to it. 12/7/2013 11:30 AM 60 The traffic pattern. 12/7/2013 8:22 AM 61 The grass, walkways, monument, ugly tables and benc hes. It's design is hodge podge and doesn't flow. It needs to be opened up. 12/7/2013 8:16 AM 62 One c hange that c ould improve the Square would be to turn the streets on the west (Water Street) and south (Bridge Square) into non-motorized pedestrian/bic yc le c orridors permanently, with a large bike-parking c orral serving adjac ent areas of downtown. Motorized traffic downtown c ould c ontinue to flow perfec tly adequately with these short sec tions of road unavailable to motorized traffic , and a bit of additional parking c ould even be made available on Water Street as it approac hes from the south. The US mail drop box c ould easily be moved. 12/7/2013 5:58 AM 63 That it is surrounded by roads on all sides. The road to the south and the west ought to be turned into pedestrian walkways. 12/6/2013 9:17 PM 64 It doesn't need both a fountain and a monument. 12/6/2013 9:11 PM 65 Lawn, 12/6/2013 9:05 PM 66 The fountain and the streets. 12/6/2013 8:48 PM 67 none 12/6/2013 8:06 PM 68 Lac k of perimeter sidewalk on North and West; past undertree plantings that prevented sitting on ground and leaning against trunk. 12/6/2013 6:59 PM 69 PARKING!! 12/6/2013 6:17 PM 70 Some traffic issues. Some of the features, suc h as the fountain and the memorial do break up the spac e, but not to the point of making it unusable. 12/6/2013 6:01 PM 71 grass/ weeds / mud, c urbs, c ar traffic though it, direc tion of c ar flow. 12/6/2013 5:54 PM 72 Vehic ular traffic along Water Street. I would like to see that sec tion of road raised, and with that designate the 4th St. bridge as a pedestrian bridge exc ept as needed by emergenc y vehic les. Primary vehic ular ac c ess to downtown is already at 2 and 5 Sts, the "gateways to downtown." Making the bridge a pedestrian link to the west side and ac ross to the Q Bloc k c ould knit that c ore together on a human sc ale. 12/6/2013 5:13 PM 73 Traffic - not idyllic enough 12/6/2013 5:01 PM 74 more c onversational seating 12/6/2013 4:18 PM 75 Crac king c ement, lac k of grass near the Division Street and near planters, gum on the sidewalks, rec eptac les not near the Post offic e side(south end) of BRidge Square. No lighting for the c irc le garden at night for summer and winter. Lac k of irrigation system to keep the grass nic e. 12/6/2013 4:14 PM 76 Too small, dead grass. 12/6/2013 4:02 PM 77 Bec ause elements (popc orn wagon, fountain, monument, game tables, etc . ) have been planted on an ad hoc basis, it makes large group func tions diffic ult. However, 12/6/2013 3:59 PM 78 Having the post offic e drop box on a street that is frequently c losed or c ongested doesn't make any sense. When there is a food event, there's no where to sit. For those events there should be lots of pic nic tables. Close the street with the Historic al Soc iety, Oil store, etc . and make that part of the square. I think there are only 4 or 5 parking spots there anyway and it's a mess. 12/6/2013 3:49 PM 79 Daily reasons to c ome, sit down and hang out....partic ularly in winter or inc lement weather. 12/6/2013 3:01 PM 80 Teenagers gathering there and hanging out. 12/6/2013 2:18 PM 81 When I'm attending very large events, I've often thought that the "furniture" of Northfield's "living room" might be reloc ated to the edges to c reate better spac e for standing or danc ing. I've also thought that it gets too muc h traffic to suc c essfully grow grass and that reshaping the mix of built surfac es and natural elements would be better for booth. 12/6/2013 2:14 PM 82 The streets. Just get rid of the street alongside the oil/vinegar plac e and mailbox. 12/6/2013 2:11 PM 83 It always looks a bit unkempt. 12/6/2013 1:59 PM 84 If the square is being used, some signage should notify c ar drivers. 12/6/2013 1:55 PM 32 / 53
  33. 33. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll 85 None that I c an think of. 12/6/2013 1:34 PM 86 Still too muc h c onc rete, needs streets c losed on two sides. 12/6/2013 1:27 PM 87 See my answer to q. 15. 12/6/2013 1:22 PM 88 Traffic …eliminate the road around it and just make it all green spac e. 12/6/2013 1:20 PM 89 Nothing really detrac ts from it. 12/6/2013 1:09 PM 90 parking 12/6/2013 12:32 PM 91 unmaintained grass not large enough dirty geese 12/6/2013 11:44 AM 92 It would be helpful to bring more folding c hairs in for c onc erts.It is so inviting to me that I find it diffic ult to respond to this question. 12/6/2013 11:21 AM 93 The two streets on the two sides of it c ould go and make spac e for events and more park spac e. 12/6/2013 11:11 AM 94 None -- I love it. 12/6/2013 10:47 AM 95 traffic ! 12/6/2013 10:26 AM 96 Parking, lac k of. 12/6/2013 10:25 AM 97 The spac e is too small for some of the events people are trying to squeeze in there. The heavy traffic use make maintaining the grass diffic ult - 12/6/2013 10:24 AM 98 Nothing 12/6/2013 10:19 AM 99 Poor grass. Lac k of seating. 12/6/2013 8:54 AM 33 / 53
  34. 34. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll Q15 List ideas that you would do to improve this place that could be done right away and that would not cost a lot. Answ ered: 67 Skipped: 129 # Responses Date 1 Close a street and c onnec t the Square to the river. Improve the flow and traffic patterns w/ a new landsc aping plan. Reloc ate on of the existing large features-- statue, popc orn wagon, water feature 12/20/2013 11:37 AM 2 Put in a Little Free Library. 12/20/2013 9:54 AM 3 Maintain it better. More landsc aping, trees. A gazebo or some similar struc ture? 12/20/2013 9:48 AM 4 have more c ommunity events outside around Bridge Square... 12/20/2013 9:33 AM 5 Add more seating. 12/20/2013 9:20 AM 6 If you moved the fountain, you'd have more room for vendors and wouldn't have to c lose the square down so often. 12/20/2013 8:44 AM 7 Improve passive green spac e - grassy areas. Remove c onc rete pads with pic nic tables. Perhaps more wooden benc hes. 12/20/2013 8:33 AM 8 Raised planter beds, Irragation system, new sod for the park 12/20/2013 8:01 AM 9 Sc hedule more c ommunity events in the square. Movies in the Square. Tai Chi in the Square, etc . 12/20/2013 7:30 AM 10 More permanent seating! :-) 12/19/2013 4:53 PM 11 No problems now. 12/19/2013 3:37 PM 12 I think everything c osts a lot. 12/19/2013 3:24 PM 13 take out the vehic ular roads surrounding Bridge Square (exc ept Division Street) and turn them into pedestrian roads.(with pavers). 12/19/2013 3:23 PM 14 Shorten the time signage is allowed to sit on square ie United Way. Not allow politic al gatherings to happen as a regular sc heduled event - on going. 12/19/2013 2:57 PM 15 Consider c losing Water St between the P.O and Fourth street. 12/19/2013 2:05 PM 16 Close off the road that separates the square from the river (Water St.?) Would be nic e to have an outdoor pavillion or band shell if it c ould be done without bloc king the view of the river. 12/19/2013 1:56 PM 17 Save the Post Offic e 12/19/2013 1:27 PM 18 Leave it alone. Free :) 12/19/2013 1:25 PM 19 Eliminate the roadway, add more green spac e, enhanc e the walkway to the present river edge further south. 12/11/2013 6:17 PM 20 Remove the road on the West side of Bridge Square to make it a larger park area that direc tly c onnec ts with the river; and let people turn left on the SE c orner. Also, keep the dam. Removing the dam and replac ing it with roc ks is a really bad idea. It'll look nic e about two weeks a year when the water is flowing from the snow melt. The rest of the year it'll look like a pile of roc ks with a tric kle of water running through them. 12/11/2013 5:19 PM 21 I think that they just rec ently did some of that….with the new paving etc . 12/11/2013 1:13 PM 22 Move the mail boxes and c lose off the road in front of the Historic al Soc iety and vinegar store. That would enlarge the spac e. 12/11/2013 1:00 PM 23 Get rid of the "for sale" sign in front of our historic al post offic e 12/11/2013 11:56 AM 24 Sinc e events are sporadic traffic flow gets interrupted sometimes without any prior warning. It would be easier if it was either always open or always c losed to traffic . 12/11/2013 11:53 AM 25 Can't think of any 12/11/2013 9:45 AM 34 / 53
  35. 35. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll 26 Install a working sprinkler system. 12/10/2013 3:22 PM 27 I think it should be left as is! Works fine and no c hanges need to be made! 12/10/2013 2:14 PM 28 Bloc king off one or two of the roads (Water St. on the river side, or Bridge Square); slowing down vehic le traffic around the square with signage, or perhaps a speed bump or textured/narrowed roadway to prevent vehic les from going so fast. Create bic yc le parking a-plenty and more seating options. 12/10/2013 1:02 PM 29 How about a Kiosk with c urrent events, matc hing the one on 5th and Water St.? The latter is not maintained well - c hange weekly if possible. Has anyone ever put a people marker to see how many people pass that Square daily? (like c ar rec orders for number of c ars) I'll bet it's in the hundreds... If a tourist found Bridge Square (not very easy), how c ould they find out what is going on in town? The Chamber is in a diffic ult and unknown loc ation and does little to promote this c ity. I've had strangers ask me on the street where they c an find out what is happening. 12/10/2013 10:55 AM 30 Plant more trees. 12/9/2013 3:04 PM 31 Leave it the way it is 12/9/2013 2:44 PM 32 more plac es for folks to sit and enjoy the spac e 12/9/2013 2:13 PM 33 Reduc e the street width surrounding the square and provide c oved parking with pedestrian bumpouts. Consider c oved parking on both sides of the street in front of the post offic e / NHS building. The c oved parking would also provide permanent loc ation for vendor units during events and maintain ac c ess for pedestrians and emergenc y vehic les. 12/9/2013 1:07 PM 34 I wonder if it would be possible to eliminate Water St. between 4th and the post offic e? Drivers c an go to division St and take a right to get to water st. businesses/home. And the part of Water St that has the parking c ould be one- way. Then the park area would bec ome larger and more pedestrian friendly between the popc orn wagon and the dam would bec ome safer. We wouldn't loose very many parking spac es! 12/9/2013 12:43 PM 35 I don't have ideas, but it would be nic e to open the imagination by looking at other really effec tive town squares to see what they do that people love. Have you all done this? How about throwing out some new ideas from suc h an exploration? That survey would be better than this one. 12/8/2013 2:41 PM 36 Too bad the street running north and south that divides the square c an not be permanently removed and replac ed with _____ you fill in the blank (e.g., grass, benc hes, flowers, several trees). 12/8/2013 1:34 PM 37 maybe some benc hes in the shade for hot summer days. adjac ent to popc orn wagon? maybe a c halkboard and sidewalk c halk where people c ould draw and leave messages. 12/8/2013 8:56 AM 38 Close the road in front of the oil shop and expand the square 12/7/2013 7:26 PM 39 Benc hes. Have I mentioned benc hes? 12/7/2013 5:33 PM 40 Calm the people who c omplain about the grass by sodding it at the beginning of every year, and install some sprinklers. kids would play in the sprinklers when they're on! 12/7/2013 2:03 PM 41 Close Water Street and plant grass. 12/7/2013 8:22 AM 42 I think the whole thing needs to be redesigned. Short c heap fixes are not the answer. 12/7/2013 8:16 AM 43 See above. The roads c ould be c losed off with something as simple as large planters or something else dec orative and relatively low-c ost. 12/7/2013 5:58 AM 44 Close traffic on the side between the square and historic al soc iety. Make it grass and sidewalk and c onnec t it physic ally to those blogs on the south side of the square. 12/6/2013 9:11 PM 45 More shade trees, more plantings 12/6/2013 9:05 PM 46 What's "a lot"? Better, up to date seating would be nic e. 12/6/2013 8:48 PM 47 More grass, less mulc h. 12/6/2013 6:59 PM 48 More flowers. A peac e memorial. Maybe repositioning the Civil war memorial. 12/6/2013 6:01 PM 49 c hange the traffic flow into a round about format, one way going north past the muni and post offic e, one way west past the oil store, one way east from the bridge to division. during events use metal stakes to bloc k traffic 12/6/2013 5:54 PM 50 Raise Water Street to c urb level. 12/6/2013 5:13 PM 35 / 53
  36. 36. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll 51 Keep 4th street - grind up the rest in favor of green spac e 12/6/2013 5:01 PM 52 New c ement pad whic h is larger than that present irrigation/soil improvement low bushes near Division Street to keep people on sidewalks New Grass additional benc hes Fix the fountain. Is it safe for c hildren with all those exposed parts showing Like to see some bric k work on the site, not just c ement whic h shows c rac ks and gum well 12/6/2013 4:14 PM 53 More benc hes. 12/6/2013 4:02 PM 54 See above. Pic nic tables c ould be moved from other plac es temporarily. 12/6/2013 3:49 PM 55 Ac t on matters before City Counc il to improve parking and safe transit to the downtown from the West Side. 12/6/2013 3:01 PM 56 Something along the lines of "adopt a park" where everyone who works downtown and walks to the post offic e pic ks up some trash along the way. 12/6/2013 2:14 PM 57 Move the mailbox down near the Muni. Tear up that street -- or allow the skateboarders to use it after bloc king the ends. 12/6/2013 2:11 PM 58 See #14 12/6/2013 1:55 PM 59 Clean it more often. It gets dirty and unattrac tive. 12/6/2013 1:34 PM 60 SOD SOD SOD! Need to redo the grass or resod. Upgrade the water fountain. Sc rub and c lean the sidewalks to remove grease from DJJD days. Move the Postal Dropoff Box. Sc reen the power box with plantings. Add a better c onc rete pad for the popc orn wagon. 12/6/2013 1:27 PM 61 There must be some ways to organize the paved spac e around the fountain and the memorial (both of whic h I think are important to retain) to emphasize these features and their historic al/present value. Right now, I think they may be perc eived as obstac les to Bridge Square rather than as c entral and important features. An easy (nec essary but not suffic ient) way to start would be to use the kiosk to post a diagram of the square and a desc ription of its history, and the history of the fountain and of the memorial (and maybe of the river). On the kiosk, the information c ould be short and largely visual, with QR c odes that would allow visitors to ac c ess a more detailed ac c ount. 12/6/2013 1:22 PM 62 Make Division street a ONE way flowing NORTH TO SOUTH this would give easier traffic flow 12/6/2013 12:32 PM 63 c lose off street that divides the park get rid of geese c lean up after geese 12/6/2013 11:44 AM 64 A c ouple more benc hes. 12/6/2013 11:21 AM 65 Nothing at this time. 12/6/2013 11:11 AM 66 perhaps replac ing the grass with bric kwork and some raised plantings and benc hes would be better sinc e the grass is so hard to maintain with foot traffic . Replac ing grass with just c ement walkway would not be an improvement. 12/6/2013 10:24 AM 67 Landsc aping 12/6/2013 8:54 AM 36 / 53
  37. 37. Northfield Bridge Square straw poll Q16 What changes would you make to Bridge Square in the long term that would have the biggest impact? Answ ered: 68 Skipped: 128 # Responses Date 1 Move the monument out of the c enter.... perhaps the fountain as well... but keeping it in the square. Or expand the square towards the river making a more open area for events 12/20/2013 12:07 PM 2 Enc ourage more ac tivity. Connec t it to south side businesses and or the river to allow for outdoor seating and a possible c afe anc hor. Make Bridge Square larger and more ac c essible to foot traffic (see above) 12/20/2013 11:37 AM 3 If the riverside street (Water) was c losed and bec ame a part of the park, it would inc rease it's size and c ontinue the green spac e. 12/20/2013 10:58 AM 4 Figure out ways to disc ourage traffic on the west on south sides. 12/20/2013 9:48 AM 5 c hanges in traffic patterns around Bridge Square perhaps? 12/20/2013 9:33 AM 6 remove the street between the square and the river and expand Bridge Square. 12/20/2013 9:20 AM 7 Onc e the Post Offic e is gone...remove the big drive up mailbox and plac e it somewhere else in town. 12/20/2013 8:50 AM 8 Do not c lose it to traffic . Or, dedic ate parking in a c lose by area for those folks that have to get to bridge square for business when the vendors are there. 12/20/2013 8:44 AM 9 redesigne the c onc rete vs grass area fro gatherings. 12/20/2013 8:01 AM 10 Add features suc h as more seating and tables that makes it more inviting and c onvenient for people to have lunc h there, etc . 12/20/2013 7:30 AM 11 More trees, grass and flowers 12/19/2013 7:05 PM 12 make it a more amenable to lots of sitting around, in groups, enc ouraging c ommunity and c onversations. get rid of fountain if nec essary. fountain does not seem c lean or well maintained. 12/19/2013 3:24 PM 13 Add parking ac ross Division Street behind the businesses. s 12/19/2013 3:23 PM 14 Nothing. Does everything have to have a big impac t? Something I think is important may not be to others - something you think is important may not mean anything to me. Let's keep the Square simple and open and welc oming to everyone. 12/19/2013 2:57 PM 15 Leave it alone. It's fine the way it is 12/19/2013 2:12 PM 16 Move the fountain and the memorial, add benc hes and trees and get businesses on the square whose patrons will interac t with the Square more. Consider ways in whic h the Water Street areas both south and north c an feel more like natural extensions of Bridge Square. Support for a dynamic , engaging use of the old Post Offic e would be a huge addition. 12/19/2013 2:05 PM 17 The street going through on the west side next to the river seems like suc h a waste of spac e to me. The public uses c ould be very muc h enhanc ed with minimal inc onvenienc e to drivers by removing that little sec tion of street. 12/19/2013 2:04 PM 18 Close the road and enlarge the spac e. 12/19/2013 1:56 PM 19 I think make it bigger and lessen the traffic around it, maybe c losing a street or two. 12/19/2013 1:56 PM 20 :( 12/19/2013 1:25 PM 21 Artist-designed benc hes and/or pathways c ould be great. 12/11/2013 7:40 PM 37 / 53

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