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    Mason County Recreation Plan Mason County Recreation Plan Document Transcript

    • MASON COUNTYRecreation Plan: 2013-2017 – DRAFT (October 10, 2012) prepared by the Mason County Parks and Recreation Commission with assistance by Spicer Group, Inc.
    • Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017Board of CommissionersLewis Squires – Chair Rich MorongJoe Lenius – Vice-Chair Thomas PosmaSusan Boes Mary NicholsRobert Erickson Curtis VanderWallCharles Lange Jeffrey BarnettParks and Recreation CommissionDonald Gall - Chair Nick MatishDavid MacClean – Vice Chair Ed McCumberDavid Hasenbank – Secretary Jeffrey SchwassSteve Begnoche Curtis VanderWallSteve Dvorak Debbie Roberts – Park ManagerBruce PattersonPrepared by:Mason CountyParks and Recreation Commission304 East Ludington AvenueLudington, MI 49431(231) 843-8202www.masoncounty.netWith assistance by:Spicer Group, Inc.230 South Washington AvenueSaginaw, MI 48607(989) 754-4717www.spicergroup.com119749SG2012
    • Table of Contents I. Introduction ............................................................................................................. 1 II. Community Description........................................................................................... 3 III. Administrative Structure ........................................................................................... 7 IV. Recreation and Resource Inventories ..................................................................... 10 V. Public Input ........................................................................................................... 34 VI. Action Program ...................................................................................................... 44VII. Planning Process .................................................................................................... 52VIII. Appendix A – Sports Participation Trends .............................................................. 54 IX. Appendix B – Public Input Documentation ........................................................... 75Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 i
    • IntroductionThis Recreation Plan is a guide for action. Mason County endeavors to fulfill the changingrecreational needs of its residents. Quality development and efficient management of itsparks and recreational facilities is a priority. To that end, this document forms the basis toguide policy for implementation of improvements and new initiatives that will meet therecreational goals and interests of the Mason County community.Before any recreation plan is adopted and enacted, it is first important to understand whatthe needs of the residents are, what recreational opportunities already exist, and what sortof projects are relevant for residents based on age, ability, population, density, and theavailability of recreational opportunities in neighboring communities. This plan, throughthe cooperation of Spicer Group and the Mason County Parks and Recreation Commission,has carefully considered input and suggestions via active communication from Countyresidents, County officials, and other community stakeholders. This input is a criticalMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 1
    • component to this plan, and, together, the voices of Mason County have united to developa recreation plan to enhance the quality of life for everyone.Broadly speaking, Mason County officials intend to use this plan to guide their work on allfuture recreational and parks projects within the county. It is also a strategic document thatarticulates specific goals to various agencies and organizations that fund local recreationaland parks improvement projects. Specifically, this plan is developed in accordance withthe guidelines for Community Park, Recreation, Open Space, and Greenway Planspublished by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). A five-year, DNR-approved recreation plan is necessary for Mason County to pursue DNR-administeredgrants.This Recreation Plan is written for a single county, Mason County. It covers all aspects ofrecreation within the community. Ludington Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Plant Reservoir. Visitors to the Mason County Picnic Area learn about theMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 2
    • Community DescriptionMason County is located on the shore of Lake Michigan in central lower Michigan, atapproximately 44° 1′ 12″ N (latitude), 86° 30′ 0″ W (longitude), occupying 1,241 squaremiles. See Figure 1. The county is approximately 70 miles south of Traverse City andabout 90 miles north of Grand Rapids. Adjacent counties include Manistee County to thenorth, Lake County to the east, Newaygo County at the southeast corner, and OceanaCounty on the south. Lake Michigan forms the western boundary for Mason County,providing residents with over 28 miles of freshwater shoreline. Organized in 1855, MasonCounty was named after the first Governor of Michigan, Stevens Thomas Mason. The Cityof Ludington is the county seat.Prominent features of the landscape include the aforementioned 28 miles of Lake Michiganshoreline and large areas of farmland and forest. The Lake Michigan shoreline featuresextensive bluff and dune areas. Rivers and streams flow through Mason County, from eastto west, and empty into Lake Michigan. There are also many small lakes scatteredthroughout the county. Hamlin Lake, the largest lake in Mason County, sits behind a damMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 3
    • Mason County Figure 1: Mason County is located in central lower Michigan on Lake Michigan. (Data: Michigan Geographic Data Library)Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 4
    • and the dunes at Ludington State Park. Small wetlands dot the landscape. Many otherwetlands in the agricultural areas were drained long ago. Most of the privately ownedshoreline of Lake Michigan and the inland lakes are developed with cottages, seasonal andyear-around homes. The City of Ludington is a small port city, where tourists and industryco-exist. Ludington’s waterfront is largely dedicated to deep water facilities and industry,but is converting to marinas, parks, and some residential uses. Highways are alsoimportant in Mason County. US-31 stretches north from Muskegon to US-10 just east ofLudington. US-10 extends from Ludington nearly due east to the county line and beyondto Clare and Bay City. US-31 splits from US-10 at Scottville and extends north to thecounty line and the City of Manistee a short distance farther. Scottville is a small city in thecenter of the county. The County contains three rural villages, Custer, Fountain and FreeSoil. There are also fifteen townships in Mason County.People Mason County has a population of 28,705 according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Thisis a slight increase over 2000, when the population was 28,274 people. This growth of430 people is an increase of 1.5%. During this same period, Michigan’s populationdecreased by 0.6%. Figure 2 shows the distribution of population and the median agethroughout Mason County. Four of the twenty communities in the county comprise overhalf (57%) of the county’s population. Those communities are the City of Ludington(8,076), Hamlin Township (3,408), Pere Marquette Charter Township (2,366), and AmberTownship (2,535).The median age of Mason County residents is 45.1 years. This is considerably older thanthe median age for the state of Michigan, which is 37.6 years. An older population mayhave different needs in terms of recreational programs and facilities.Housing According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there are 17,293 housing units in MasonCounty. More than 4,000 of these (4,051) are designated for seasonal, recreational, oroccasional use. This number is significant because it means that the population of theCounty can swell be several thousand during peak vacation times. Further, seasonalresidents of the community are another special population with unique needs in terms ofrecreational facilities. Most of these seasonal residents have chosen there second homesbecause of the recreational and natural resource opportunities that are available nearby. ItMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 5
    • is very important to these seasonal residents that those facilities and resources by preservedand maintained.Income The median household income in Mason County was $40,039, according to the2006-2010 American Community Survey Estimates. This compares to $48,432 for thestate of Michigan. Approximately 15% of the County population had income that fellbelow the poverty level. Percent of Population Median Age County Total Amber Township 2,535 8.8% 45.10 Branch Township 1,328 4.6% 44.30 Village of Custer 284 1.0% 45.30 Balance of Custer Township* 970 3.4% 45.10 Eden Township 582 2.0% 43.00 Village of Free Soil 144 0.5% 44.40 Balance of Free Soil Township* 678 2.4% 47.50 Grant Township 909 3.2% 48.90 Hamlin Township 3,408 11.9% 49.70 Logan Township 312 1.1% 55.70 Meade Township 181 0.6% 49.10 Pere Marquette Charter Township 2,366 8.2% 45.30 Riverton Township 1,153 4.0% 44.30 Village of Fountain 193 0.7% 37.80 Balance of Sheridan Township* 1,072 3.7% 47.90 Sherman Township 993 3.5% 42.10 Summit Township 924 3.2% 52.30 Victory Township 1,383 4.8% 40.90 City of Ludington 8,076 28.1% 43.00 City of Scottville 1,214 4.2% 35.10 Mason County 28,705 100% 45.10 * Village listed immediately above is included in official Data: U.S. Census census count for the township Figure 2: Median age and distribution of population in Mason County.Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 6
    • Administrative StructureThe Mason County Parks and Recreation Commission is a 10-member body established asprovided by state law and has been delegated the responsibility for planning andadministration of recreational services by and for the county. Members include thechairman of the Road Commission, the Drain Commissioner, Chair of the PlanningCommission, a member of the County Board, and six members from the public at largeappointed by the County Board whose terms are for three years. Generally, at the firstmeeting of each year, a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, and a Secretary are elected to actfor the Mason County Parks and Recreation Commission. The Commission lays out thecapital improvement plans for the parks. The Commission holds four meetings a year, andif needed, the Chairperson will call special meetings. The Parks and RecreationCommission is responsible for maintenance and development of the parks in MasonCounty and employs two seasonal full time staff members and three part time employees.Seasonal employees include a Manager, Ranger, and three Assistant Rangers who work atMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 7
    • the Campground and Picnic Area. Volunteers provide crucial support to many programsand activities in the county. The Commission uses volunteers throughout the year tomaintain facilities at the Campground and the Disc Golf Course. The organizational chartin Figure 3 shows the structure of parks and recreation administration in Mason County.The budgets for operations & maintenance and capital improvements are shown in Figure4. Funding for these operations comes from registrations, user fees, and annualcontributions from the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant. The Ludington Pumped StoragePlant owns two parks in Mason County and has a long-term agreement with the Parks and Mason County Board of Commissioners Buildings, Grounds, Airport, Zoning, Planning, Agriculture, County Parks and Recreation Commission Equalization – Town,Administrator Tax, Liaison to Fairgrounds Committee Parks Manager Full Time Seasonal Employees Disc Golf Organization Campground R/C Flying Field Picnic Area Volunteers Figure 3: Parks and recreation administration in Mason County. CHECK TJHMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 8
    • Recreation Commission that guaranteed, beginning in 2000 when the 20-year lease wassigned between the county and the pumped storage plant, an annual donation of $10,000for capital improvements and $20,000 for park operations. These monies are to be usedby the county only for park operations and improvements, and are adjusted annually bythe Consumer Price Index (CPI). In 2012, the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant donated$12,230 for capital improvements and $27,306 for park operations. The Parks andRecreation Commission does not provide any programming services. Figure 4: Mason County parks and recreation budget. Operation & Programming Capital Maintenance Improvements 2011 $00,000 $0 $00,000 2012 $27,306 $0 $13,230 West Chauvez Road approximately five miles south The Mason County Campground is located at 5906 of Ludington.Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 9
    • Recreation and Resource InventoriesAn inventory of the existing Mason County parks and natural resources was completedusing the information provided by the county. It was verified with field checking andreview from the Parks and Recreation Commission. The county operates two park facilitiesthat are owned by the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant. Mason County also owns theMason County Fairgrounds and two parcels of property that are not currently developed.Figure 5 shows generalized locations of parks, facilities, and undeveloped land currentlyowned and administered by Mason County. Included is the Community Ice Arena at WestShore Community College in Victory Township. An inventory of all county-owned parksand facilities is provided on page 12. Part of this section of the plan includes additionalinformation to support the inventory, each contributing to a broader understanding ofrecreation available in Mason County. Included are park descriptions, a recreation granthistory, accessibility analysis, other parks and facilities, comparison to standards, sportsparticipation trends, inventory of natural resources, and tourism impacts.Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 10
    • Classification of County ParksA recommended classification system for local and regional recreation open spaceincludes the following four types of parks. In Mason County, there are two developed parkproperties, both of which are considered Large Urban Parks. The Community Ice Arena atWest Shore Community College is also considered a Community Park.Figure 5: Generalized locations of parks, facilities, and undeveloped land currently owned and administered by theMason County Parks and Recreation Commission.Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 11
    • Mason County Parks and Recreation Inventory Acreage Classification Service Area Owner Disc Golf Playground Pavilion Restrooms Ice Skating Nature Trail Grills Campsites Camper Cabins Beach Area River Access Location Other Accessibility* County Parks Field for radio County & Ludington Pumped Pere Marquette Mason County Campground 60 UP 1 1 X X X 54 ? controlled 2 Beyond Storage Plant Charter Tw p airplanesMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 County & Ludington Pumped Pere Marquette Mason County Picnic Area 150 UP 3 1 1 X X 2 Beyond Storage Plant Charter Tw p Big Sauble River Property 6 un N/A Mason County X Free Soil Tw p N/A Pere Marquette Inman Road Property 34 un N/A Mason County N/A Charter Tw p Community center, three Mason County (leased County & Pere Marquette horse arenas, Mason County Fairgrounds 50 N/A to Western Michigan X 115 2 Beyond Charter Tw p grand stand Fair Association) w ith 3,500 seats Other Gym, West Shore Community Ice County & CP Mason County X 1 Victory Tw p sw imming 3 Arena Beyond pool Totals 300 3 2 2 Yes 1 2 Yes 169 0 1 * See plan narrative under "Accessibility" for explanation of numeric code. Classification: CP = Community Park NP = Neighborhood Park MP = Mini-Park UP = Large Urban Park12 un = undeveloped
    • Mini-Parks address limited, isolated, or unique recreational needs. They are usuallybetween 2,500-square feet and one acre in size.Neighborhood Parks are often considered the basic unit of a park system. They serve asthe recreational and social focus of the neighborhood. Their intended service area is ¼ to½ mile distance and uninterrupted by non-residential roads and other physical barriers.They are generally 5 to 10 acres in size.Community Parks serve a broader purpose than neighborhood parks. Their focus is onmeeting community-based recreation needs, as well as preserving unique landscapes andopen spaces. They are usually between 30 and 50 acres and serve a radius of ½ to 3 miledistance. The Community Ice Arena at West Shore Community College in VictoryTownship is considered a Community Park.Large Urban Parks serve a broader purpose than community parks and are used whencommunity parks and neighborhood parks are not adequate to serve local needs. Theygenerally serve the entire community and are a minimum of 50 acres. The Mason CountyCampground and the Mason County Picnic Area are considered Large Urban Parks.Description of County Park LandsMason County Campground and the Mason County Picnic Area The Ludington PumpedStorage Plant, jointly owned by Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison, owns these twoparks and has a 20-year lease agreement with the Parks and Recreation Commissionrequiring each party to certain terms. The original lease term began in 1974, upon thecompletion of construction of the two parks. This lease expired in December of 1999 andwas extended for 20 more years, ending in 2019.Written into the1999 lease was an agreement that the Ludington Pumped Storage Plantwould complete three improvement projects. First, it would rebuild the bath house at theMason County Campground and bring it into ADA compliance. Second would be anupgrade to the pavilion at the Mason County Picnic Area, bringing that building up to ADAspecifications. And finally, the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant will increase the size andnumber of campsites at the Mason County Campground, improve electric service to campMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 13
    • sites, and overall, improve the entire campground. Upgrades to the campground werecompleted in 2002 with the addition of five new camp sites. Another improvement to thecampground was the installation of a septic tank and drain field for the host site. In 2010camping cabins were added to the campground.The Mason County Campground (Figure 6) includes 56 wooded campsites and theaforementioned camping cabins. The campground also features a pavilion playgroundand a nature trail that connects it to the Picnic Area. Hull Field, a flying field for radiocontrolled model airplanes is located just west of the campground. The Twisted SticksRadio Control Club operates Hull Field on land just west of the campground. This fieldwas built and is maintained by the club, with ultimate oversight by the Parks andRecreation Commission. The field is open to the public, but in order to use it, pilots mustpossess an appropriate license.Figure 6: General location of the Mason County Campground, at 5906 West Chauvez in Pere Marquette CharterTownship.Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 14
    • The Mason County Picnic Area includes a large pavilion that seats 350 people and can berented for public and private functions. Also located in this area are three 24-goal disc golfcourses, which are operated by the Mason County Disc Golf Organization. These courseswere built entirely with volunteer help and they have been the site of several tournamentsheld by the Michigan Disc Golf Organization. The three courses combined are advertisedas the 3rd largest disc golf course in the world. They are open to the public at no cost.Figure 7 show the general location of the Mason County Picnic Area. Figure 7: General location of the Mason County Picnic Area, at 6501 West Chauvez in Pere Marquette Charter TownshipInman Road Property Located near the intersection of West Bradshaw Road and InmanRoad just north of the Mason County Campground in Pere Marquette Charter Township,this 34-acre county-owned parcel is currently undeveloped. Its proximity to the LakeMichigan shoreline, the Mason County Campground, and the Mason County Picnic Arealends itself to many possibilities for new facilities and to potentially connect the availableMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 15
    • recreation sites in this area of Mason County. Figure 8 shows the general location of theInman Road Property. Figure 8: General location of the Inman Road property, near West Bradshaw and Inman in Pere Marquette Charter TownshipBig Sauble River PropertyThis six-acre riverfront property is actually two separate parcels situated on the north andsouth sides of the Big Sauble River in Free Soil Township. This scenic undevelopedproperty has direct access from US-31 and is an ideal location to provide boating,kayaking, and fishing access to the Big Sauble River. Figure 9 provides context for thegeneral location of this property.Mason County Fairgrounds The fairgrounds property is owned by the county and is leasedto the Western Michigan Fair Association. Located on the north side of US-10 in PereMarquette Charter Township, this 50-acre site features 115 camp sites, a communitycenter, three horse arenas, several barns and a grand stand with 3,500 seats. Figure 10shows its location.Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 16
    • Figure 9: General location of the Big Sauble River property, on the east side of US-31 in Free Soil Township Figure 10: General location of Mason County Fairgrounds, on the north side of US-10 in Pere Marquette Charter TownshipMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 17
    • Recreation Grant HistoryMason County has received two grant from DNR-administered grant programs. In 2000,the county submitted a grant for the Community Ice Area at West Shore CommunityCollege in Victory Township. The project title was “Regional Ice Arena,” project numberCM00-198, with a closed project status since the ice arena was completed in 2003. In2010, Mason County received a $320,000 development grant (TF10-061) forimprovements to the Mason County Fairgrounds. As of October 2012, the improvementshave not yet been constructed.AccessibilityCreating a park system that is safe, accessible and usable to all individuals within thecommunity, including those with disabilities, is essential. A grading system has beendeveloped by the DNR to easily identify those parks and facilities which are most, andleast, handicapped-accessible and usable, based on ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)guidelines. The following accessibility grading system uses a five-point system rangingfrom 1: None of the facilities/park areas meet accessibility guidelines, to 5: The entirepark was developed/renovated using the principles of Universal Design.An ADA compliance assessment of county facilities was conducted during the summer of2007 and consisted of a visual inspection of each park and facility in regards to access andcirculation. As noted in the inventory listing on page 12, some of the parks do not meet allcriteria for handicap accessibility. The Parks and Recreation Commission will continue itsefforts towards improving accessibility at each of the parks when improvements are made.This includes accessible parking, paths, restrooms, activity areas, amenities, and signage. Accessibility Grade Definition 1 None of the facilities/park areas meet accessibility guidelines 2 Some of the facilities/park areas meet accessibility guidelines 3 Most of the facilities/park areas meet accessibility guidelines 4 The entire park meets accessibility guidelines 5 The entire park was developed/renovated using the principles of Universal DesignMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 18
    • Other Parks and FacilitiesWithin Mason County are twenty local municipalities, which include two cities, threevillages, and fifteen townships. Each provides local parks and community recreationalfacilities. School districts also provide recreation amenities, as well as state and federalagencies. The management of these facilities is the responsibility of the elected boards andcommissions of the respective entity. While this recreation plan does not inventory andmap each of the parks and recreational facilities under the ownership of other agenciesand governmental entities, the county recognizes the health benefits and overallcontribution to quality of life these local recreational assets provide to communities. TheParks and Recreation Commission supports efforts to improve all recreational facilities andservices within the county. The county is committed to cooperating with communities andagencies on recreation projects when goals identified within this plan can be satisfied.Recreation facilities in the county are identified and inventoried in Table 7-5 of the MasonCounty Data Book, available on the Mason County website (masoncounty.net). Selectstate and federal recreation sites are shown in Figure 11. Figure 12 summarizes thoseparks and facilities. Figure 11: Select state and federal recreational sites in Mason County.Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 19
    • Name of Park Acreage Ownership Ludington Municipal Marina N/A City of Ludington Senior Citizens Center N/A City of Ludington Stearns Park 4.5 City of Ludington Cartier Park N/A City of Ludington Loomis Street Park N/A City of Ludington Peter Copeyon Park 5.0 City of Ludington Dow Field N/A City of Ludington James St. Playfield N/A City of Ludington Waterfront Park 5.3 City of Ludington City Park 3.0 City of Ludington Leveaux Park 0.51 City of Ludington Community Pool N/A Ludington School District Oriole Field 23 Ludington School District Custer Township Park N/A Custer Township River Park 10 Custer Township DNR Nature Study Platform 1.5 Department of Natural Resources Ludington State Park 5,400 Department of Natural Resources Fountain Ball Fields N/A Fountain Village Peak Playground N/A Fountain Village Wilson Hill N/A Hamlin Township South Bayou Park N/A Hamlin Township White Pine Village 9 Pere Marquette Township Buttersville Park 18.5 Pere Marquette Township Suttons Landing Park 34 Pere Marquette Township Pere Marquette Shrine 2.4 Pere Marquette Township Memorial Tree Park 27 Pere Marquette Township Riverton Ball Team 40 Riverton Township McPhail Field N/A City of Scottville Scottville Riverside Park N/A City of Scottville Sheridan Township Park N/A Sheridan Township Gunn Lake N/A Sherman Township Summit Park 5.4 Summit Township Kibby Creek Park 1 Summit Township Marrison Road Park 0.5 Summit Township Lake Michigan Recreation Area US Forest Service North Country National Scenic Trail US Forest Service Nordhouse Dunes US Forest Service Pere Marquette Natural and Scenic River Corridor US Forest Service Victory Park 40 Victory Township West Shore Community College 360 West Shore Community College Figure 12: Partial list of other parks and recreation located within Mason County.Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 20
    • The following overview summarizes some of the parks and recreational facilities withinMason County that are owned and operated by other agencies and governmental entities.Federal The United State Forest Service operates several facilities within Mason County. § Nordhouse Dunes: A hiking trail begins at the end of Nurnburg Road on the north side of Hamlin Lake and continues for a distance of 14.5 miles through the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area north of Ludington State Park and touches Lake Michigan, finally ending at the Lake Michigan Recreation Area. § Pere Marquette River: A popular fishing and canoeing stream, classified as a National Scenic River and State Natural River. The Forest Service controls much of the river and provides various landings and facilities for those who navigate the stream. § North Country Trail: The North Country Trail Association describes the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) as a premier footpath that stretches for about 4,600 miles across seven northern states. From the getoffthecouch.info website, the NCT segment in Mason County is entirely within the Manistee National Forest and maintained by the Spirit of the Woods chapter of the North Country Trail Association. There are no official NCT trailheads in Mason County, but some parking at Tyndall Road is available with public access at Nine Mile Bridge to the north in Manistee County. As shown in Figure 12, the NCT is in Meade Township and heads southward to Lake County and northward to Manistee County. § Lake Michigan Recreation Area: This popular area is comprised of family and group campsites that are both scenic and natural. The area adjoins Lake Michigan to the west and Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area to the south. It is located about 15 miles north of the City of Ludington on Forest Trail 5629, and has for public use 99 paved spur campsites each of which has a fire ring and picnic table with a lamp holder, half of which are barrier free. The area also has Lake Michigan swimming beaches, observation decks, picnic sites with playground, and over three miles of graveled bicycle and hiking paths.State Ludington State Park is located on M-116, approximately 8 miles north of Ludington,and is situated so that it boasts long water frontages on both Lake Michigan and HamlinLake. This park has 344 modern campsites, two ski trails, encompasses the Sauble RiverMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 21
    • between Hamlin Lake and Lake Michigan, a camp store and restaurant, along with boatrental and launching facilities. Ludington State Park is undoubtedly the largest visitorattraction to the county.Cities and Villages The following municipalities operate a number of parks andrecreational facilities in Mason County. § Ludington: Located at the western extremity of the county, along with the Ludington Area School District, has for many years given the youth and adults alike their formal recreation programming and will continue to serve the township populace that embraces the school district. Although some financial changes have been made to this program in the past two years, there continues to be a very good and active recreation program in this area. Ludington is able to optimize its many recreational resources and this avoids a costly duplication of services by the county. § Scottville: Located near the center of the county, and eight miles east of Ludington, Scottville operates a summer recreation program for the surrounding community in addition to owning and operating Riverside Park on the south side of the Pere Marquette River at the southern edge of the city. The city has recently installed a swimming pool at the park but this pool is at the present time only for the use of registered campers at the park. Scottville Riverside Park and the Old Engine Club use property owned by the City of Scottville, which is located on south Scottville Road on the south side of the Pere Marquette River. Originally the campground was built over a period of time and has now become an excellent campground with a swimming pool and modern bathhouse and toilets. This facility is quite often used to capacity during the camping season.Villages of Custer, Fountain, and Free Soil These communities have active volunteerrecreation associations that provide primarily softball and baseball activities.Townships The following townships own and operate their own recreational facilities. § Branch Township: Has an active volunteer recreation association that provides softball and baseball activities, inclusive of ball diamonds owned by the township.Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 22
    • § Custer Township: Ownership of primarily unimproved area on the south shore of the Pere Marquette River about two miles south of the Village of Custer. This area is open to the public for boat and canoe access to the river. § Hamlin Township: Operates two parks, both of which are day use parks and heavily used. Wilson Hill Park is located on the south shore of upper Hamlin Lake and has a ball diamond, picnic area, and a boat launch ramp for small boats. South Bayou Park is located on the west side of Lakeshore Drive on the south side of the south bayou of Hamlin Park. This park appears to be heavily used for picnicking and has nearby access to Hamlin Lake. § Pere Marquette Charter Township: Operates a very active parks and recreation program. The township has four parks and is the only township to pay a per-capita fee to the City of Ludington for their children to attend activities sponsored by the Ludington Recreation Department. The township parks commission operates a 44- site campground on the high banks above Lake Michigan and has several hundred feet of beach on Lake Michigan for public use. Memorial Tree Park on Lincoln Lake is a 37-acre day use park and has a ball diamond and a large picnic shelter with a building containing flush toilets. Suttons Landing Park, located on the Pere Marquette River near Old Highway 31 has a large modern picnic shelter with flush toilets, a boardwalk on the river with handicap fishing positions, and a boat launch ramp on the river that connects to Lake Michigan. Pere Marquette Shrine located on Lakeshore Drive has been recently rebuilt, and the area provides parking and a boat launch ramp on the east side into Pere Marquette Lake. § Riverton Township: Has an active volunteer recreation association that provides softball and baseball activities, inclusive of ball diamonds owned by the township. § Sheridan Township: Operates a swimming area and picnic area on the north end of Round Lake. § Sherman Township: Picnic and swimming area on the south side of Gun Lake. § Summit Township: Operates Summit Park located at the south end of the high banks area on the Lake Michigan shoreline in the southwest corner of the county. Located at the site of a former fish tug base, this park has a modern toilet structure and includes a large pavilion for group use, a ball diamond, and tennis courts. § Victory Township: Has an active volunteer recreation association that provides softball and baseball activities, inclusive of ball diamonds owned by the township.Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 23
    • Other West Shore Community College, which is located near the geographical center ofthe county in Victory Township, has many facilities that are made available to the MasonCounty community. Included is an Olympic-size swimming pool, a large field house thatincludes gyms, handball courts, and many other sport and health-related and recreationrelated activities. The college has been a leader in recreation since it was established over30 years ago. The West Shore Community Ice Arena was completed in 2003 on itscampus and has been very popular with Mason County residents.Comparison to StandardsTo help analyze the adequacy of parks and recreation facilities owned and operated byMason County, it is helpful to compare the county’s system to various standards andbenchmarks.Overall Quantity Mason County has 300 acres of park land to serve about 28,000 people.This equates to approximately 10.6 acres of park land per 1,000 residents. Generalrecreation guidelines suggest there should be 5 to 10 acres of park land per 1,000residents. This means the county should have at least 141 acres of park land and as muchas 282 acres to meet the general guidelines. The county exceeds these recommendations.Facility Standards The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has publishedtypical recreation facility standards that specify facility service area, the number of facilitiesneeded to service the population, and the land area needed. These standards can be usedin conjunction with the acreage standards to further identify Mason County’s recreationneeds. Figure 13 provides a comparison of the county’s public facilities against publishedrecreation facility standards. Based on the standards, some deficiencies are apparent.Deficiencies can be seen in basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball fields, softball,football, soccer, golf courses, and playgrounds. The resulting deficiencies, as determinedby this NRPA standards evaluation, does not account for the recreational facilities ownedand operated by other agencies and governmental entities that service local populations.Mason County can optimize the recreational resources available to all residents in thecounty by supporting recreation provided by the local municipalities.Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 24
    • Recommended Recommended County Public Surplus/ 1 2,4 Standard Facilities Need DeficiencyBasketball Courts3 1/5,000 0 6 -6Tennis Courts 1/2,000 0 14 -14Baseball Fields 1/5,000 0 6 -6 Lighted Fields 1/30,000 0 1 -1Softball 1/5,000 0 6 -6Football Fields 1/20,000 0 1 -1Soccer Fields 1/10,000 0 3 -3Golf Courses 9 hole 1/25,000 0 1 -1 18 hole 1/50,000 0 1 -1Swimming Pool Indoor 1/20,000 0 1 -1 Outdoor 1/40,000 0 1 -1Ice Rinks Indoor 1/50,000 1 1 0 Outdoor 1/20,000 0 1 -1Playgrounds 1/3,000 2 9 -7Trails 1 system per region 1 1 0 Recommended number of each facility per unit of population (National Recreation and Park Association/Michigan Recreation 1 Opportunity Standards). 2 Population of 28,274 based on 2000 Census data 3 Two backboards were considered to be equal to one (1) court for the purposes of this analysis 4 Rounded to the nearest whole number Figure 13: Comparison to Standards for Park and Recreational Facilities .Level of Service More recent park guidelines indicate that one must also consider the“Level of Service” desired by the community. If Mason County residents’ needs are metwith the existing amount of park land and facilities, then that amount is sufficient. This iswhy the community input portion of a recreation plan is so important. The Parks andRecreation Commission needs to understand the wishes of the community it serves in orderto provide the Level of Service desired by the residents.Sports Participation TrendsWhile the analysis under the previous sections provides an excellent start in understandinghow the county’s recreation facilities stack-up against the DNR-recommended standards, itdoes not provide a complete picture. For example, some facilities offered in the county,such as the disc golf course, do not appear on the list of recommended standards. As aMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 25
    • supplement to the DNR-recommended standards, data from the Sporting GoodsManufacturers Association (SGMA) is another way to help understand recreation trends.It is important to be aware of national recreation trends because this information canenable a community like Tuscola Township to anticipate activities that have a largenumber of participants and show a growth in popularity. The SGMA conducts an annualsurvey that analyzes the size of sports product markets in order to determine sportsparticipation trends. Detailed results of the 2011 Sports, Fitness & Recreational ActivitiesParticipation Report are given in Appendix A. This report describes the overallparticipation figures for 119 sports in 9 different categories: Aerobic activities,Conditioning activities, Strength activities, Individual sports, Racquet sports, Team sports,Outdoor sports, Winter sports, and Water sports. The most popular sports and recreationalactivities in the United States for 2010, as measured by people who participate at leastonce a year in any given activity (overall participation), are: 1. Walking for Fitness (114.1 million participants) 2. Bowling (55.9 million) 3. Treadmill (53.1 million) 4. Running/Jogging (49.4 million) 5. Hand Weights (45.9 million) 6. Billiards/Pool (39.4 million) 7. Bicycling (39.3 million) 8. Freshwater Fishing (38.9 million) 9. Weight/Resistance Machines (38.6 million) 10. Dumbells (37.4 million)Natural Resource InventoryA natural resource inventory is used to identify open space areas that may be desirable forprotection and/or public access through acquisition or other means. There are manysignificant natural resources in the county, including over 27 miles of Lake Michiganshoreline, 9,700-acres of inland lakes, 59,000-acres of forest in the Manistee NationalForest, approximately 238-miles of rivers and streams, and 6,440-acres of protected sanddunes. It’s worthwhile to note that Mason County ranks 44th among the 83 counties inMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 26
    • Michigan regarding the total number of lakes and ponds within its boundaries, and ranks36th in total acreage. Figure 15 details the types of lakes and ponds in the county. Figure 15: Types of Lakes and Ponds in Mason County Type Number Acres Natural lakes & ponds 193 3,660 Natural lake with dam 4 5,934 Artificial ponds 79 17.1 Marl lake 1 0.9 Settling pond 2 21.1 Fish breeding pond 1 0.5Figure 16, on the next page, shows the location of lakes, rivers, streams, wooded areas,and sand dunes in Mason County. Also shown are some of the wetlands in Mason County.A more detailed account of wetlands in Mason County is described on Map 3-2(“Floodplains and Wetlands”) of the Mason County Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 2006.A partial inventory of inland lakes in Mason County, indicating which ones have publicaccess, is listed in Figure 17.Most of the rivers and streams in Mason County are of very high quality and supportdesirable species of game fish. Major rivers in the county include the Pere Marquette,Lincoln (north and south branches), Little Manistee, and the Big Sauble. The PereMarquette River is the major west-east river on the southern side of the county. TheLincoln River is the primary river running west to east on the county’s northern side.Streams and rivers in the county, classified by their size, are listed below in Figure 18. Amap showing the locations of these rivers is provided in Figure 19. Figure 18: Types of Streams and Rivers in Mason County Stream Size Characteristics Mileage Very Small Not canoeable at average water level 174 Miles Small Canoeable with difficulty 3 Miles Medium Readily canoeable 5 Miles Large Handles small to medium outboard motors 60 Miles Very Large Handles large outboard motors 10 Miles Source: Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Recreation Services DivisionMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 27
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    • Inland Lake Surface Area (acres) Public Access Allen Lake Augustine Lake 9 Bachelor Lake Barton Lake 37.2 Bass Lake 524 yes Blue Lake 69 Casin Lake 48 Emerson Lake 55 Ford Lake 208 yes Gooseneck Lake 77 Gun Lake 219 yes Hackert Lake (Crystal) 125 yes Hamlin Lake 4,990 yes Hoags Lake 35 yes Hopkins Lake Lake Eden 64.4 Lincoln Lake 155 yes Long Lake 136 Mud Lake 5.7 North Oxbow Lake Pere Marquette Lake 554 yes Pleiness Lake 81 yes Pond Augustine Lake 5.4 Round Lake 571 yes South Oxbow Lake St. Marys Lake 113 yes Tallman Lake 170 yes Thunder Lake Vogel Lake Watassa Lake 6.2 Whelan Lake 13.2 Woodruff Lake 20 Figure 17: Partial inventory of inland lakes in Mason County.Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 29
    • Figure 19: Map of major rivers in Mason County.Of the 251-miles of inventoried rivers and streams in Mason County, approximately 133-miles are designated state or federal wild/natural/scenic/natural river. The Pere MarquetteRiver is designated as a state Natural River, and also as a federal Scenic River. Thesedesignations mandate certain provisions to help retain the naturalness of the shoreline andto help protect river water quality. Provisions of this sort typically include deeper setbacksfor buildings, greater minimum lot widths, limitations on the size of signs, deeper setbacksfor septic systems, a natural vegetative buffer strip, limitations on the clearing of shorelinevegetation, and control of access to the river.Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 30
    • Earlier, Figure 16 showed the location of sand dunes in the county. Some of the dunes aredesignated critical dune areas, which run along the shore from the City of Ludington northinto Grant Township. Much of this area is in public ownership, either through LudingtonState Park or the Manistee National Forest. Sand dune protection and management isadministered by the MDEQ’s Land & Water Management Division. A more detailedaccount of sand dunes in the county is described in Chapter 3 (“Future Land Use”) of theMason County Comprehensive Plan, available on the county’s website (masoncounty.net).Impact of TourismCommercial lodging visitors are generally the group that most businesses think of as thetourist population. This group includes visitors staying in campgrounds, motels, hotels,and resorts. Vacationing commercial lodging visitors are probably the most significanttourist group in Mason County. Generally, this group uses the western half of the countyand the City of Ludington, where well-developed lodging facilities cater to them. Avisitor’s guide to Mason County of commercial lodging tallies 20 motels, 15 resorts, six bedand breakfasts, four inns, and approximately 20 campgrounds that are available for visitorsto the county. In terms of overall camping sites in the county, Figure 20 (Number ofCampgrounds), shows that 25 campgrounds are available, of which 80% are privatelyowned and operated. Figure 21 (Number of Campsites) summarizes the total number ofcampsites available in the county. About 71% are commercial and the other 29% are fromfederal, state, and local agencies. The data in Figures 20 and 21 are from a 2000 inventoryincluded in the Mason County Data Book, on the county’s website at masoncounty.net.Some subgroups of these tourists to Mason County could be considered a seasonal residentpopulation and can have a substantial impact on the economy in Mason County. Thisgroup is important because it tends to have a higher level of income than the overallresident population and spends dollars over a longer period than visiting tourists. Twoother groups also make up tourist populations in the county. Day trippers consist of areaor regional residents that use attractions and services for a single day and may drive up tothree hours to fish, canoe, ski, attend festivals, or shop. The size of this group hasincreased due to the completion of US-31 to US-10 just two miles east of Ludington. Inaddition, the five lanes of US-10 between Ludington and the northbound bypass of US-31near Scottville provides ease of access to many points within Mason County. Data in theMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 31
    • Number of Campgrounds 1 1 1 National Forest 1 1 State Park Municipal Figure 20 Township County Commerical 20 Number of Campsites 99 399 National Forest State Park 62 Municipal Figure 21 44 Township 49 County 1620 CommericalMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 32
    • Mason County Tourism Profile compiled by Michigan State University Extension showsMason County as having one of the highest market shares in terms of expenditures bytourists destined for the five northern counties of the West Michigan Regional Planningarea. The Mason County Campground has 56 modern camp sites.Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 33
    • Public InputTo comply with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Guidelines for theDevelopment of Community Park, Recreation Open Space and Greenway Plans, MasonCounty provided three public input opportunities during this planning process. Thisincluded an online survey, and invitation to the public to attend the August 20, 2012Mason County Parks and Recreation meeting in Scottville and share their input, and therequired 30-day period for review and comment, with public meeting, on the draft plan. Acompilation of all of the input received from all sources is contained in Appendix B. Whatfollows is a summary of the input and feedback received during the planning process. Toencourage participation in the online survey, the County released an article in theLudington Daily News, promoted the survey on the project website(http://masoncorec.wordpress.com/), engaged in Facebook networking, and sent variousflyers and e-mail messages to members of the community. Together, these channels fordiscussion led to more than 123 responses that the County can use as a baseline level ofinformation for supporting the ideas outlined in this Recreation Plan.Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 34
    • Providing Access to Online Information About the Recreation Plan Shortly after theplanning process began, an informational website on Facebook was created, as shownbelow in Figure 22. It was developed to serve as an online presence that would displaypublic information, describe the process, provide photos, interactive maps, and be a placefor interested parties to comment on recreation in Mason County. The Facebook page wasan important communication and outreach effort to community groups because it had theeffect of encouraging them to take the online survey, described in more detail below. Figure 22 Screenshot of Mason County’s Facebook page for the recreation plan, located online at: https://www.facebook.com/MasonCountyRecreationPlanMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 35
    • Overview of the Online Survey The online survey was made available from June 25through August 1, 2012, complete with 20 questions each of which can be seen inAppendix B of this document. The intent of the survey was to establish an easy means ofcommunication where residents and stakeholders of Mason County could provide inputabout the existing parks and ideas for future recreational improvements. Publicannouncements to encourage survey participation took the form of an article in theLudington Daily News, a link on the project website, Facebook networking with relatedorganizations, flyers and postcards printed in color, and various e-mail messages sent tomembers of the community. More details about responses are given below.Survey Summary During the public input period, the County collected many great ideasand suggestions for Mason County parks and recreation. The following information is asummary of the major ideas the County received from the online survey and the Facebookpage. The complete data is included in Appendix B of this document.About the Respondents The survey response data indicates that over three-quarters of theresponses from the survey were completed by residents of Mason County. Figure 23,indicating responses to Question #18, shows the percentage of responses from the listedlocations. Also, from Figure 24, more than 63% of the respondents were over the age of50, as documented in Question #20. Please note that this survey received only onecomment from youth under the age of 18. From Question #19, most of the responses weresubmitted by individuals living in a two-person household. More specific informationfollows in Figures 24 and 25 below. Figure 23: Location of Respondents “What statement best describes your role in Mason County?” I live in Mason County 78.9% My family owns a seasonal home in Mason County 7.3% I have visited Mason County 11.9%Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 36
    • Figure 24: Age of Respondents “What is your age?” Figure 25: Household Size Age Response Percent “How many people live in your household?” Under 18 0.9% Number in Household Response Percent 18 – 29 5.4% 1 9.0% 30 – 39 11.7% 2 47.7% 40 – 49 18.0% 3-5 43.2% 50 - 64 51.4% 6 or more 0.0% 65 and older 12.6%About the Parks Question 1 asked the respondents to indicate the number of times theyvisited a Mason County park in the past year. A graph of the data is shown below in Figure26. Figure 26 “How many times have you or your family used a Mason County park in the past year?” (Q1)Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 37
    • Question 2 asked respondents which Mason County park they have visited in the past year.Figure 27 shows that over 73% of the respondents visited the fairgrounds in the past year.Figure 27 “Which of the following Mason County parks have you visited in the past year?” (Q2)Question 3 asked respondents if they have camped in Mason County’s parks in the pastyear. Figure 28 shows the Mason County Campground is the clear favorite for respondents.Figure 28 “Please indicate if you have camped in any of the following Mason County parksduring the past year.” (Q3)Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 38
    • Question 4 asked respondents why they visit parks operated by Mason County. The topchoices were for casual and informal uses such as picnics or taking pictures (48%), and toenjoy nature (47%). See Figure 29. “Other Responses” include: Fishing, attend events at the fairgroundsFigure 29 “Why do you and/or your family visit Mason County parks?” (Q4)Big Sauble River Improvements Regarding the Big Sauble River property, Question 5asked respondents if they have ever used the Big Sauble River property as a boat or kayaklaunch. Over 83% of the respondents indicated that they have not. In Question 6,respondents were given an opportunity to state whether or not they would visit the BigSauble River property more often if it were to be improved to enhance water access. Here,only 45% of the respondents said they would visit the park if there were improvementsmade. Question 7 was a follow-up and asked if respondents had any specific ideas orsuggestions for improving the Big Sauble River property. Some of the suggestions were toprotect the site from erosion, keep it rustic, have a minimally-designed parking lot, haveportable toilets, have a small boat launch, keep the area natural, have a couple of picnictables.Disc Golf Course Improvements Regarding the three disc golf courses located at theMason County Picnic Area, Question 8 asked respondents if they have ever used them.Only 18% of the respondents indicated that they had. Question 9 was aimed to determineMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 39
    • how many times in the past year respondents used those disc golf courses. About 82% hadsaid they had not used them at all in the past year. Put another way, the responsesindicated that 18% had used the disc golf courses at least once in the past year, whichfollows the responses from Question 8. Question 10 was a follow-up and asked ifrespondents had any specific ideas or suggestions for improving the disc golf courses.Some of the suggestions were advertise them more, poison ivy removal, and workshops tointroduce families to the sport.New Facilities and Amenities Question 11 provided a list of recreational features andamenities. The respondents were asked to check those they felt were most needed inMason County and provide their own answers in the “other” box, if applicable. The topchoice, at 59%, among respondents was the desire for more walking and biking paths. Agraph of the responses can be seen in Figure 30 below. “Other Responses” include: Fish cleaning station, snowmobile trails, mountain bike single track, soccer fields, bigger camp sitesFigure 30 “What additional facilities/amenities would you like to see added to Mason Countyparks and recreational areas? (Check all that apply.)” (Q11)Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 40
    • Prioritizing Future Improvements Question 12 gathered information about the quality ofexisting Mason County parks and recreational areas. Participants of the survey were askedto rank the following features on a scale of 1 (Very Good) to 5 (Very Poor). The resultsshown in Figure 31 indicate high levels of satisfaction with the Variety ofFacilities/Amenities, Maintenance and Appearance, Safety and Security, andQuality/Friendliness of Staff. Responses show a moderate level of satisfaction with WaterAccessibility.Figure 31 “Please evaluate the following aspects of Mason County parks and recreationalareas.” (Q12)Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 41
    • Recreational Participation in Mason County in General While previous questions in theonline survey focused on specific aspects of the parks operated by the Mason County Parksand Recreation Commission, Question #13 asked respondents about the things they do inMason County already, regardless of property ownership or which agency operates arecreational amenity. The top recreational activities people participate in include using ahiking or biking trail (66.7%), boating (56.8%), picnicking (57.7%), attending festivals andspecial events (53.2%), and fishing on Lake Michigan or at an inland lake (52.3%).Overall results are shown below in Figure 32. As a companion to this question, Question#14 asked respondents to evaluate and rate those existing recreational features in MasonCounty. Those receiving the highest rating include Lake Michigan swimming access, fallcolor tours, public campgrounds, and places to go picnicking.Figure 32 “I have participated in the following recreational activities in Mason County in the pastyear: (check all that apply)” (Q13)Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 42
    • Accessibility Question 6 asked, “If there is a person with a disability in your family, pleaseindicate which of the following would make Mason County parks more user-friendly foryou and your family member (check all that apply).” Results were as follows: • 81.9% of participants responded with “No one in my family with a disability” • The most common suggestions for accessibility (in order) were: 1. Accessible waterfront access 2. Paved trails 3. Accessible restrooms 4. Accessible parking 5. Flatter, easier grades 6. Accessible playgroundsOpen-Ended Questions Question 16 asked participants what they liked best about MasonCounty parks and recreational areas. Some of the most common answers were: Variety,quality of the staff, clean parks, quiet, low cost, and the parks are beautiful natural areas.Question 8 asked participants the one thing they would do to improve Mason Countyparks and recreational areas. Common answers included: Need more parks, a fish cleaningstation is needed, more paved walking and biking paths, and more playgrounds.Draft Plan and Public Meeting After the draft Recreation Plan was completed, it was madeavailable for public review for 30 days. Interested persons could view the plan in personat the County Building in Scottville, the Mason County District Library in Ludington, andonline at https://masoncorec.wordpress.com/. The 30 day Notice of Review was publishedin the Ludington Daily News on 10/13/2012. The second and final opportunity forcommunity input occurred at the advertised public hearing held prior to adoption of theplan, which was held on November 12, 2012, with the Parks and Recreation Commission.Mason County passed a resolution to adopt this Recreation Plan at the Board ofCommissioners meeting on Month 00, 2012. Copies of the Recreation Plan weretransmitted to the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission and theMichigan Department of Natural Resources. Copies of the notification advertisements, thepublic hearing minutes, the resolution, and the transmittal letters are included in theappendix.Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 43
    • Action ProgramDeveloping goals and objectives is an important part of the recreation planning process.The overall goal of the Parks and Recreation Commission is to provide recreationopportunities for the community or region it serves, and possibly for tourists. More specificgoals must be based on the demographic characteristics of the population served and otherphysical and environmental characteristics of the county.Goals are the broadest level. They are overreaching and general. Objectives carry out thepurpose of the goal. Action items are the last level, and they identify specific projects andprograms to be pursued over the next five years. Action items can include organizational,staffing, programming, public information, and operation and maintenance actions. TheMason County Parks and Recreation Commission formulated the following goals andobjectives based upon the characteristics of the overall community, the online survey, andother factors such as sports participation trends.Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 44
    • Goal A: Promote and provide diverse recreational opportunities to satisfy all age groupsand levels of ability.While Mason County is rich in the amount of park land it has available, residents in thecounty rely mostly on locally-owned municipal parks for public recreational opportunities.Based on the general input received from residents and the evaluation of Countyrecreational facilities shown earlier in Figure 30 compared to the growing sports activitiesnoted page 26, it is apparent there are some unmet needs in Mason County. Furthermore,the vast amount of natural resources present in Mason County that are ideal forrecreational purposes, as identified in Figures 16, 17, 18, and 19, provide uniquedestinations that can be enhanced by the county. Objective – Develop a funding program for enhancing recreational programs and facilities throughout the county. Objective – Promote opportunities for tourism.Goal B: Promote and create community awareness of Mason County as an all-seasonssporting and recreation destination.To improve support for parks and recreation in Mason County, it is important to createcommunity awareness of county parks and their offerings. Using parks and recreation as atourism draw, the public needs to be informed of recreational activities that are availableacross the differing seasons. Objective – Work with local media to provide coverage of improvements, events, and activities at the parks. Objective – Take advantage of the county’s website and social networking opportunities to communicate to residents about Mason County parks and activities. Objective – Work with local schools, governmental units, and non-profit organizations to share information regarding Mason County parks and other recreational opportunities in the county.Goal C: Enhance access to the variety of water, trail, and natural forest resources inMason County and the recreational opportunities that they provide.Taking advantage of the vast amount of natural resources present in Mason County wouldprovide unique opportunities for new recreational facilities and may contribute toMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 45
    • enhanced tourism. Furthermore, by setting aside portions of its park lands to remainundeveloped, the county would be providing unique passive outdoor experiences that canbe appreciated by many by enabling them to view wildlife or to just have an escape fromthe routines of everyday modern life. Objective – Explore the feasibility of developing existing county-owned property into passive recreational destinations. Objective – Develop a funding program for the enhancement of county-owned property lands where a special opportunity exists for developing passive recreational amenities. Objective – Investigate opportunities for partnering with other groups and agencies to offer programs and events in Mason County.Goal D: Develop non-motorized trails and other park connections to promote healthylifestyles throughout Mason County.The results from the online survey sent a clear message – Mason County needs more non-motorized trails. With the scenic views afforded by Lake Michigan and the existence ofnon-motorized trails elsewhere in the region, it is obvious why there is such a pent-updemand in Mason County. Adding non-motorized trails in strategic locations wouldprovide for an alternative mode of transportation, improve the environment, and promotehealth and physical fitness. Furthermore, maps included in the Mason CountyComprehensive Plan identify possible future locations for bike trails. Objective – Link existing county and municipally-owned recreational facilities with non-motorized trails. Objective – Develop a feasibility plan for a regional non-motorized trail plan. Objective – Support trail links throughout the county with a special focus on preservation of any abandoned railroad right-of-way.Goal E: Continue to improve accessibility at all parks by incorporating Universal Designin all new amenities and updating existing amenities as appropriate.Existing facilities in Mason County already provide some level of handicap accessibility.Comments from the online survey suggest a need to improve the accessibility of existingfacilities in the county, based on Census estimate data that show 16.5% of the civilian non-institutionalized population aged 5 and over in Mason County has a disability.Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 46
    • Objective – Improvements to existing facilities should be designed to exceed minimum requirements of the Michigan barrier-free code.Goal F: Partner with other units of government and recreation providers to furtherpromote broad-based recreation throughout Mason County.In the spirit of responsible regional planning and fiscal responsibility, the Parks andRecreation Commission believes it is important to cooperate and work with otherrecreation providers in the county. This includes local governmental units, school districts,federal and state agencies, and non-profit organizations. Objective – Identify and explore new opportunities for recreational projects with local jurisdictions as a means of better serving residents and enhancing tourism. Objective – Give priority to seeking funding of recreational projects that utilize existing facilities and underutilized facilities. Objective – Support efforts of Ludington State Park to maintain and improve its facilities through coordination of public and private partners and the schools.Goal G: Acquire, retain, and develop appropriate property for public recreationalpurposes.Mason County recognizes that parks and recreational amenities contribute to the quality oflife for its residents. When access to open spaces and natural areas is enhanced, theseareas are a draw for not only residents, but also for tourists. New lands may need to beacquired so specific facilities can be added or so that special natural features can bepreserved. Objective – Retain and enhance existing park land to meet the recreational needs of the county and for tourism. Objective – Partner with other recreation providers within Mason County to support opportunities for new and expanded recreational facilities. Objective – Seek and apply for grants to support recreational initiatives through the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and local foundations.Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 47
    • Action ProgramWith goals and objectives in place, Mason County was able to develop a five-year ActionProgram to work toward accomplishing the goals and objectives. The Action Programdetails the direction the County wishes to take over the next five years in order to maintainand improve the quality and diversity of area park and recreation opportunities.Projects were assigned a priority of 1 through 5 with 1 being most important and 5 beingleast important. Each action item relates to one or more of the lettered goals describedearlier. Potential projects described in this plan have been established not only to providea framework for decision-makers but also to enable the County to apply for grant funding.The project list is not a fixed element and it is not either all-inclusive or exclusive. Theproject list reflects the results of the input received from the online survey, County officials,and the Parks and Recreation Commission. Future circumstances, especially availability offunding, may change priorities or require reprioritization of items. Before proceeding withany potential project, the County will require further study, such as though not limited todeveloping conceptual plans, seeking additional community input, or the development ofoperation and maintenance plans. The proposed Action Items are shown in this table.Top priorities are indicated with a “1” while lower-ranking priorities are indicated by a “3”. Mason County Recreation Plan Action Items Project Priority Goal(s) Enhance access to the Big Sauble River 2 A, C, E, G Improve camp sites at the Mason County 1 A, E, G Campground. Plan for a non-motorized trail system in Mason 3 A, D, E County Reach out and promote the disc golf courses 2 A, B, E Upgrade restroom facilities at County recreational 2 E, G facilities Add park amenities to other County-owned 3 A, C, E, F, G propertyMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 48
    • Funding Potential Improvements Funding for the projects described under the ActionProgram can come from a range of local, state, and federal programs. Grant funding isavailable for parks and recreation projects. However, applicants need to target potentialfunding agencies and programs very carefully so as to meet the specific criteria required.What follows is a current listing of programs and agencies that can provide funding forparks and recreation projects.Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) § Match requirement – minimum of 26% § Development grants Minimum Grant Request $15,000 Maximum Grant Request $300,000 § Acquisition grants No minimum or maximum § Goals of MNRTF Board Resource Protection – very important Water Access Community Recreation Urban Recreation Economic Development § Due annually on April 1 § www.michigan.gov/dnr-grantsLand and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) § Administered by MNRTF, applications due annually on March 1 § 50% match required § Minimum grant request $30,000 ($60,000 project total) § Maximum grant request $75,000 ($150,000 project total) § Funds a wide variety of outdoor recreation projects § www.michigan.gov/dnr-grantsMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 49
    • Michigan Department of Transportation - Transportation Enhancement Funds § For non-motorized transportation and rehabilitation & operation of historic transportation buildings, structures, or facilities (bridges, railroad depot, etc.) § Eligible applicants include county road commissions, cities, and villages. Other organizations may sponsor applications (i.e. County Road Commission or local MDOT office sponsors an application) § Rolling online application process § www.michigan.gov/mdot - Go to “Projects and Programs”.Other Programs to Consider: Coastal Program – Great Lakes – US Fish and Wildlife Service § Grants to conserve fish and wildlife and their habitats and to support healthy coastal ecosystems § Rolling application process § www.fws.gov/midwest/greatlakes/apply.htm Specific sports and sports foundations § United States Tennis Association (USTA) – - funding for tennis courts and programs - www.usta.com § Major League Baseball - Baseball Tomorrow Fund, more info at www.baseballtomorrow.com § United States Soccer - www.ussoccerfoundation.org Safe Routes to School § For projects near elementary and middle schools: - Sidewalks and off-street pedestrian facilities - On-street and off-street bicycle facilities - Traffic calming and speed reduction - Pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements - Traffic diversion improvements in the vicinity of schools § Need to complete the safe routes planning process to apply § www.saferoutesmichigan.orgMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 50
    • Trust for Public Land (TPL) § Conservation Transactions: TPL helps structure, negotiate, and complete land transactions that create parks, playgrounds, and protected natural areas. TPL serves as an independent agent, buying land from willing landowners and then transferring it to public agencies, land trusts, or other groups for protection. In some instances, TPL will protect land through conservation easements, which restrict development but permit traditional uses such as farming and ranching. § More information at www.tpl.org Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grants § Must be part of a watershed management plan § Projects aimed at reducing nonpoint source pollution (streambank and shoreline stabilization, rain gardens, erosion control, conservation easements) § www.michigan.gov/deq - Go to “Surface Water” and then to “Non- point Source Pollution”. Community Forestry Grant Program § Projects that develop or enhance urban and community forestry resources in Michigan. Project categories are: Management and Planning, Education and Training, Library Resources and Tree Planting. § 50% match required. § http://www.mi.gov/dnrucf - Go to “Community Forestry Grants”. Community Foundations, Private Foundations, and Endowments § Community Foundation for Mason CountyMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 51
    • Planning ProcessIn its continuing effort to provide quality recreational opportunities for its citizens, MasonCounty has developed this Recreation Plan as a tool to guide the development ofcommunity parks and locations over the next five years. This plan is the latest effort bygovernmental officials in Mason County to establish recreational goals and objectives forthe community. The plan will also provide the County with eligibility for grants from theMichigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to assist the community in reaching itsrecreational goals.Mason County contracted with Spicer Group of Saginaw, Michigan, to assist them withcompletion of the Recreation Plan. The consultant worked with the Parks and RecreationCommission through the course of the plan.Data was collected about the County including maps, demographics, park information,and an inventory of existing facilities. This data was collected from a number of resourcesMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 52
    • such as other relevant planning documents, various websites, field observations, andconversations with County officials.Community input was collected via an online survey conducted in the summer of 2012.Based upon the existing information and the community input, Mason County developedgoals and objectives for parks and recreation. Then, action plan items were written thatwould work toward accomplishing the goals and objectives.Spicer Group completed the Recreation Plan document and it was made available forreview at County Building in Scottville, the Mason County District Library in Ludington,and online at https://masoncorec.wordpress.com/ for at least 30 days beginning onOctober 12, 2012. This reviewing opportunity was advertised in the Ludington DailyNews. The final opportunity for community input occurred at the advertised publicmeeting held prior to the adoption of the plan. This meeting was on November 12, 2012,with the Parks and Recreation Commission meeting at the County Building in Scottville at7:00 pm. On Month 00, 2012, the Mason County Board of Commissioners passed aresolution adopting the recreation plan. Copies of the advertisements and resolutions areincluded in Appendix C. Views of Lake Michigan from the Mason County Picnic Area are exceptional.Mason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 53
    • Appendix A – Sports Participation TrendsMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 54
    • The Sporting Goods Manufacturers AssociationSports, Fitness & Recreational Activities Topline Participation Report 2011
    • 2011, SGMA Participation Topline ReportTable of Contents1 METHOD ................................................................................... 22 OVERVIEW AND INSIGHT FROM THE PAC REPORT ....................... 33 PARTICIPATION TRENDS ............................................................ 44 ADDITIONAL FINDINGS ............................................................. 55 ACTIVITIES AT SCHOOL AGE…THE P.E. PATHWAY ........................ 86 PATHWAYS TO PARTICIPATION – CASUAL SPORTS ........................ 97 PARTICIPATION AMONG THE GENERATIONS............................. 118 INTEREST AMONG NON-PARTICIPANTS..................................... 129 PARTICIPATION DATA NEWS AND NOTES .................................. 1310 PARTICIPATION DATA ............................................................. 15The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), the #1 source for sport and fitnessresearch, is the leading global trade association of manufacturers, retailers, and marketers inthe sports products industry. SGMA helps lead the sports and fitness industries by fosteringparticipation through research, thought leadership, product promotion, and public policy.More information about SGMA membership and SGMAs National Health Through Fitness Daycan be found at www.SGMA.comDisclaimer:While proper due care and diligence has been taken in the preparation of this document, The PhysicalActivity Council cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information contained and does not accept any liabilityfor any loss or damage caused as a result of using information or recommendations contained within thisdocument.©2011 Physical Activity CouncilNo part of the report may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, includingphotocopying, without the written permission of The Physical Activity Council, any application for whichshould be addressed to The Physical Activity Council. Written permission must also be obtained before anypart of the report is stored in a retrieval system of any nature. Contact: Sports Marketing Survey USA (561 4270647) email: usa@sportsmarketingsurveysusa.com© 2011 SGMA Research Page 1
    • 2011, SGMA Participation Topline Report10 PARTICIPATION DATAThroughout the report significant changes have been highlighted in orange. Note: The population from 2000 to 2009increased by 9% - so sports that have increased 9% have shown no significant change since the year 2000. 1 year  10 year Aerobic Activities Definition 2000 2007 2008 2009 2010 change changeAerobics (High impact)Total participation 1+ times 11,790 11,287 12,272 13,269 15,864 19.6% 34.6%  Casual 1‐49 times 5,004 5,765 5,935 7,462 25.7%  Regular 50‐99 times 2,156 2,299 2,658 3,215 21.0%  Frequent 100+ times 4,127 4,208 4,676 5,186 10.9%  CORE 50+ times 6,283 6,507 7,334 8,401 14.5%Aerobics (Low impact)Total participation 1+ times 21,384 22,397 24,168 25,685 27,177 5.8% 27.1%  Casual 1‐49 times 9,341 11,021 11,034 12,415 12.5%  Regular 50‐99 times 4,523 5,064 5,313 6,013 13.2%  Frequent 100+ times 8,533 8,083 9,338 8,748 ‐6.3%  CORE 50+ times 13,056 13,147 14,651 14,761 0.8%Aerobics (Step)Total participation 1+ times 10,867 8,528 10,318 10,784 11,283 4.6% 3.8%  Casual 1‐49 times 4,454 6,021 5,475 6,203 13.3%  Regular 50‐99 times 1,647 1,891 2,340 2,291 ‐2.1%  Frequent 100+ times 2,427 2,406 2,969 2,790 ‐6.0%  CORE 50+ times 4,074 4,297 5,309 5,081 ‐4.3%Aquatic ExerciseTotal participation 1+ times 9,303 9,757 9,267 8,662 9,231 6.6% ‐0.8%  Casual 1‐49 times 5,993 5,794 5,027 5,663 12.7%  Regular 50‐99 times 1,789 1,809 1,853 1,681 ‐9.3%  Frequent 100+ times 1,975 1,664 1,782 1,887 5.9%  CORE 50+ times 3,764 3,473 3,635 3,568 ‐1.8%Cardio KickboxingTotal participation 1+ times 8,765 4,812 4,997 6,002 6,571 9.5% ‐25.0%  Casual 1‐49 times 2,987 3,273 3,571 4,469 25.1%  Regular 50‐99 times 905 771 1,266 1,037 ‐18.1%  Frequent 100+ times 920 953 1,165 1,065 ‐8.6%  CORE 50+ times 1,825 1,724 2,431 2,102 ‐13.5%Cross-Country Ski MachineTotal participation 1+ times 6,541 3,696 3,490 3,097 3,084 ‐0.4% ‐52.9%  Casual 1‐49 times 1,857 1,981 1,512 1,753 15.9%  Regular 50‐99 times 688 548 569 533 ‐6.3%  Frequent 100+ times 1,151 961 1,016 798 ‐21.5%  CORE 50+ times 1,839 1,508 1,585 1,331 ‐16.0%Elliptical Motion TrainerTotal participation 1+ times 7,371 23,586 25,284 26,521 28,117 6.0% 281.5%  Casual 1‐49 times 10,972 11,728 12,085 13,363 10.6%  Regular 50‐99 times 4,968 5,464 5,349 5,872 9.8%  Frequent 100+ times 7,646 8,092 9,087 8,882 ‐2.3%  CORE 50+ times 12,614 13,556 14,436 14,754 2.2%Other Exercise to MusicTotal participation 1+ times 16,065 22,294 21,893 22,045 22,960 4.2% 42.9%  Casual 1‐49 times 9,661 9,504 9,740 11,115 14.1%  Regular 50‐99 times 4,560 4,620 4,423 4,603 4.1%  Frequent 100+ times 8,073 7,769 7,882 7,241 ‐8.1%  CORE 50+ times 12,633 12,388 12,305 11,844 ‐3.7%All participation figures are in 000s for the US population ages 6 and over© 2011 SGMA Research Page 15
    • 2011, SGMA Participation Topline Report 1 year  10 year Aerobic Activities (cont.) Definition 2000 2007 2008 2009 2010 change changeRunning/JoggingTotal participation 1+ times 31,398 41,064 41,130 43,892 49,408 12.6% 57.4%  Casual 1‐49 times 16,824 17,728 18,333 21,744 18.6%  Regular 50‐99 times 8,237 8,428 9,113 9,326 2.3%  Frequent 100+ times 16,003 14,974 16,446 18,338 11.5%  CORE 50+ times 24,240 23,402 25,559 27,664 8.2%Stair Climbing MachineTotal participation 1+ times 15,282 13,521 14,204 13,101 13,436 2.6% ‐12.1%  Casual 1‐49 times 7,107 8,017 7,004 7,462 6.5%  Regular 50‐99 times 2,651 2,702 2,581 2,516 ‐2.5%  Frequent 100+ times 3,763 3,485 3,516 3,457 ‐1.7%  CORE 50+ times 6,414 6,188 6,097 5,973 ‐2.0%Stationary Cycling (Recumbent)Total participation 1+ times 8,810 10,818 11,389 11,208 11,709 4.5% 32.9%  Casual 1‐49 times 5,261 6,020 5,550 6,146 10.7%  Regular 50‐99 times 2,331 2,090 2,230 2,426 8.8%  Frequent 100+ times 3,226 3,279 3,428 3,137 ‐8.5%  CORE 50+ times 5,557 5,369 5,658 5,563 ‐1.7%Stationary Cycling (Group)Total participation 1+ times 4,709 6,314 6,693 6,831 8,876 29.9% 88.5%  Casual 1‐49 times 3,371 3,868 3,820 5,251 37.5%  Regular 50‐99 times 1,221 1,078 1,316 1,555 18.2%  Frequent 100+ times 1,722 1,747 1,695 2,070 22.1%  CORE 50+ times 2,943 2,825 3,011 3,625 20.4%Stationary Cycling (Upright)Total participation 1+ times 27,159 24,531 25,304 24,528 24,627 0.4% ‐9.3%  Casual 1‐49 times 11,581 12,653 11,795 12,571 6.6%  Regular 50‐99 times 5,210 4,738 5,097 4,588 ‐10.0%  Frequent 100+ times 7,740 7,913 7,636 7,468 ‐2.2%  CORE 50+ times 12,950 12,651 12,733 12,056 ‐5.3%Swimming (Fitness/Competition)Total participation 1+ times 16,144 18,368 19,041 17,443 17,145 ‐1.7% 6.2%  Casual 1‐49 times 11,131 11,741 11,024 10,620 ‐3.7%  Regular 50‐99 times 3,946 4,322 3,471 3,343 ‐3.7%  Frequent 100+ times 3,291 2,978 2,948 3,000 1.8%  CORE 50+ times 7,237 7,300 6,419 6,343 ‐1.2%TreadmillTotal participation 1+ times 37,287 50,073 49,371 51,418 53,131 3.3% 42.5%  Casual 1‐49 times 20,891 21,262 21,060 22,732 7.9%  Regular 50‐99 times 10,728 10,353 10,571 10,940 3.5%  Frequent 100+ times 18,454 17,756 19,787 19,458 ‐1.7%  CORE 50+ times 29,182 28,109 30,358 30,398 0.1%Walking for FitnessTotal participation 1+ times 90,982 108,740 111,668 110,095 114,068 3.6% 25.4%  Casual 1‐49 times 31,903 35,293 33,746 35,329 4.7%  Regular 50‐99 times 20,045 20,164 19,898 20,190 1.5%  Frequent 100+ times 56,792 56,211 56,451 58,549 3.7%  CORE 50+ times 76,837 76,375 76,349 78,739 3.1%All participation figures are in 000s for the US population ages 6 and over© 2011 SGMA Research Page 16
    • 2011, SGMA Participation Topline Report 1 year  10 year Conditioning Activities Definition 2000 2007 2008 2009 2010 change changeAbdominal Machine/DeviceTotal participation 1+ times 21,354 20,426 19,917 19,465 18,491 ‐5.0% ‐13.4%  Casual 1‐49 times 7,625 7,939 6,957 7,809 12.2%  Regular 50‐99 times 4,319 4,224 4,364 3,697 ‐15.3%  Frequent 100+ times 8,482 7,754 8,144 6,986 ‐14.2%  CORE 50+ times 12,801 11,978 12,508 10,683 ‐14.6%CalisthenicsTotal participation 1+ times 7,758 8,629 9,147 9,106 9,088 ‐0.2% 17.1%  Casual 1‐49 times 2,041 3,037 3,226 3,138 ‐2.7%  Regular 50‐99 times 1,787 2,021 1,826 1,927 5.5%  Frequent 100+ times 4,801 4,080 4,054 4,023 ‐0.8%  CORE 50+ times 6,588 6,101 5,880 5,950 1.2%Pilates TrainingTotal participation 1+ times 1,556 9,192 8,886 8,653 8,154 ‐5.8% 424.2%  Casual 1‐49 times 5,085 5,348 4,805 4,920 2.4%  Regular 50‐99 times 1,920 1,516 1,839 1,505 ‐18.2%  Frequent 100+ times 2,187 2,022 2,009 1,729 ‐13.9%  CORE 50+ times 4,107 3,539 3,848 3,234 ‐16.0%Rowing MachineTotal participation 1+ times 9,407 8,782 9,021 9,174 9,763 6.4% 3.8%  Casual 1‐49 times 4,451 4,776 4,725 5,320 12.6%  Regular 50‐99 times 1,609 1,850 1,806 1,579 ‐12.6%  Frequent 100+ times 2,722 2,395 2,643 2,864 8.4%  CORE 50+ times 4,331 4,245 4,449 4,443 ‐0.1%StretchingTotal participation 1+ times 24,613 36,181 36,288 36,310 35,129 ‐3.3% 42.7%  Casual 1‐49 times 7,863 8,669 8,784 8,371 ‐4.7%  Regular 50‐99 times 5,906 6,106 6,105 5,831 ‐4.5%  Frequent 100+ times 22,412 21,513 21,421 20,927 ‐2.3%  CORE 50+ times 28,318 27,619 27,526 26,758 ‐2.8%Tai ChiTotal participation 1+ times 3,424 3,205 3,180 ‐0.8%  Casual 1‐49 times 1,827 1,843 1,794 ‐2.7%  Regular 50‐99 times 520 489 578 18.2%  Frequent 100+ times 1,077 873 808 ‐7.4%  CORE 50+ times 1,597 1,362 1,386 1.8%YogaTotal participation 1+ times 17,758 20,109 21,886 8.8%  Casual 1‐49 times 10,736 11,549 12,541 8.6%  Regular 50‐99 times 2,808 3,786 3,817 0.8%  Frequent 100+ times 4,214 4,774 5,528 15.8%  CORE 50+ times 7,022 8,560 9,345 9.2%All participation figures are in 000s for the US population ages 6 and over© 2011 SGMA Research Page 17
    • 2011, SGMA Participation Topline Report 1 year  10 year Strength Activities Definition 2000 2007 2008 2009 2010 change changeFree Weights (Barbells)Total participation 1+ times 24,800 25,499 26,142 27,048 27,339 1.1% 10.2%  Casual 1‐49 times 8,181 8,727 8,329 9,814 17.8%  Regular 50‐99 times 4,950 5,402 5,470 5,266 ‐3.7%  Frequent 100+ times 12,368 12,013 13,249 12,259 ‐7.5%  CORE 50+ times 17,318 17,415 18,719 17,525 ‐6.4%Free Weights (Dumbells)Total participation 1+ times 27,470 32,371 34,391 35,744 37,388 4.6% 36.1%  Casual 1‐49 times 10,797 11,814 11,452 13,504 17.9%  Regular 50‐99 times 6,594 6,997 7,666 7,992 4.3%  Frequent 100+ times 14,980 15,580 16,626 15,892 ‐4.4%  CORE 50+ times 21,574 22,577 24,292 23,884 ‐1.7%Free Weights (Hand Weights)Total participation 1+ times 33,784 43,821 42,997 45,934 45,922 0.0% 35.9%  Casual 1‐49 times 15,635 16,070 15,563 17,228 10.7%  Regular 50‐99 times 8,819 8,884 9,562 9,655 1.0%  Frequent 100+ times 19,367 18,043 20,809 19,039 ‐8.5%  CORE 50+ times 28,186 26,927 30,371 28,694 ‐5.5%Home Gym ExerciseTotal participation 1+ times 20,626 25,823 24,514 24,762 24,581 ‐0.7% 19.2%  Casual 1‐49 times 9,577 9,604 9,615 9,658 0.4%  Regular 50‐99 times 5,313 4,907 4,843 4,660 ‐3.8%  Frequent 100+ times 10,933 10,003 10,304 10,263 ‐0.4%  CORE 50+ times 16,246 14,910 15,147 14,923 ‐1.5%Weight/Resistance MachinesTotal participation 1+ times 32,144 39,290 38,397 39,752 38,618 ‐2.9% 20.1%  Casual 1‐49 times 14,555 14,929 13,892 15,076 8.5%  Regular 50‐99 times 8,012 8,063 8,382 7,800 ‐6.9%  Frequent 100+ times 16,723 15,405 17,478 15,742 ‐9.9%  CORE 50+ times 24,735 23,469 25,860 23,542 ‐9.0%All participation figures are in 000s for the US population ages 6 and over© 2011 SGMA Research Page 18
    • 2011, SGMA Participation Topline Report 1 year  10 year Individual Sports Definition 2000 2007 2008 2009 2010 change changeAdventure RacingTotal participation 1+ times 698 920 1,089 1,339 23.0%  Casual 1 time 257 185 501 367 ‐26.7%  Regular 2‐9 times 215 471 429 486 13.3%  Frequent 10+ times 226 264 159 326 105.0%  CORE 2+ times 441 735 588 812 38.1%ArcheryTotal participation 1+ times 6,285 5,950 6,409 6,326 6,319 ‐0.1% 0.5%  Casual 1‐25 times 4,839 5,300 5,371 5,402 0.6%  Regular 26‐51 times 687 548 534 540 1.1%  Frequent 52+ times 424 561 421 377 ‐10.5%  CORE 26+ times 1,111 1,109 955 917 ‐4.0%Billiards/PoolTotal participation 1+ times 46,336 51,089 49,018 43,005 39,385 ‐8.4% ‐15.0%  Casual 1‐12 times 30,795 31,840 27,303 25,817 ‐5.4%  Regular 13‐24 times 6,824 5,823 5,574 4,861 ‐12.8%  Frequent 25+ times 13,470 11,355 10,128 8,707 ‐14.0%  CORE 13+ times 20,294 17,178 15,702 13,568 ‐13.6%BowlingTotal participation 1+ times 51,938 60,184 58,650 57,293 55,877 ‐2.5% 7.6%  Casual 1‐12 times 44,762 45,167 43,997 43,467 ‐1.2%  Regular 13‐24 times 5,225 4,458 4,394 4,290 ‐2.4%  Frequent 25+ times 10,197 9,025 8,902 8,119 ‐8.8%  CORE 13+ times 15,422 13,482 13,296 12,409 ‐6.7%Boxing for Fitness *Total participation 1+ times 4,788  Casual 1‐12 times 2,495  Regular 13‐24 times 605  Frequent 25+ times 1,688  CORE 13+ times 2,293Boxing for Competition *Total participation 1+ times 855  Casual 1‐12 times 598  Regular 13‐24 times 104  Frequent 25+ times 153  CORE 13+ times 257DartsTotal participation 1+ times 24,709 23,451 20,022 18,118 ‐9.5%  Casual 1‐12 times 16,106 15,584 13,281 12,053 ‐9.2%  Regular 13‐24 times 2,951 2,817 2,286 2,033 ‐11.1%  Frequent 25+ times 5,652 5,050 4,455 4,031 ‐9.5%  CORE 13+ times 8,603 7,866 6,741 6,064 ‐10.0%Golf (9/18 Hole Course)Total participation 1+ times 28,844 29,528 28,571 27,103 26,122 ‐3.6% ‐9.4%Horseback RidingTotal participation 1+ times 12,098 10,816 9,755 9,809 0.6%  Casual 1‐12 times 8,330 7,384 6,883 6,971 1.3%  Regular 13‐24 times 1,029 971 763 828 8.5%  Frequent 25+ times 2,739 2,461 2,109 2,010 ‐4.7%  CORE 13+ times 3,768 3,432 2,872 2,838 ‐1.2%Ice SkatingTotal participation 1+ times 11,835 11,430 10,999 10,929 12,024 10.0% 1.6%  Casual 1‐12 times 9,514 9,598 9,361 10,273 9.7%  Regular 13‐24 times 770 556 668 679 1.6%  Frequent 25+ times 1,146 845 900 1,072 19.1%  CORE 13+ times 1,916 1,401 1,568 1,751 11.7%All participation figures are in 000s for the US population ages 6 and over * Boxing category was split into 2 to now cover: Boxing for fitness and Boxing for competition, so comparisons with the previous boxing category cannot be made.© 2011 SGMA Research Page 19
    • 2011, SGMA Participation Topline Report 1 year  10 year Individual Sports (cont.) Definition 2000 2007 2008 2009 2010 change changeMartial Arts *Total participation 1+ times 6,161 6,865 6,770 6,516 5,488 ‐15.8% ‐10.9%  Casual 1‐12 times 1,366 1,495 1,374 1,473 7.2%  Regular 13‐24 times 691 622 560 466 ‐16.8%  Frequent 25+ times 4,808 4,653 4,582 3,549 ‐22.5%  CORE 13+ times 5,499 5,276 5,142 4,015 ‐21.9%Mixed Martial Arts for CompetitionTotal participation 1+ times 910  Casual 1‐12 times 528  Regular 13‐24 times 124  Frequent 25+ times 258  CORE 13+ times 382Mixed Martial Arts for FitnessTotal participation 1+ times 1,745  Casual 1‐12 times 577  Regular 13‐24 times 219  Frequent 25+ times 949  CORE 13+ times 1,168Roller Skating (2x2 wheels)Total participation 1+ times 7,746 8,921 7,855 8,147 8,126 ‐0.3% 4.9%  Casual 1‐12 times 7,004 6,291 6,357 6,220 ‐2.2%  Regular 13‐24 times 675 456 546 576 5.5%  Frequent 25+ times 1,242 1,108 1,244 1,330 6.9%  CORE 13+ times 1,917 1,564 1,790 1,906 6.5%Roller Skating (Inline wheels)Total participation 1+ times 21,912 10,814 9,608 8,276 7,980 ‐3.6% ‐63.6%  Casual 1‐12 times 6,094 5,909 5,234 5,280 0.9%  Regular 13‐24 times 1,365 1,228 1,090 1,119 2.7%  Frequent 25+ times 3,355 2,471 1,952 1,581 ‐19.0%  CORE 13+ times 4,720 3,699 3,042 2,700 ‐11.2%Scooter Riding (Non-motorized)Total participation 1+ times 9,968 6,782 6,394 5,064 4,861 ‐4.0% ‐51.2%  Casual 1‐12 times 2,971 2,168 1,676 1,755 4.7%  Regular 13‐24 times 927 1,017 684 776 13.5%  Frequent 25+ times 2,884 3,216 2,704 2,330 ‐13.8%  CORE 13+ times 4,460 4,233 3,388 3,106 ‐8.3%SkateboardingTotal participation 1+ times 9,859 8,429 7,807 7,352 6,808 ‐7.4% ‐30.9%  Casual 1‐25 times 4,589 4,074 3,937 3,727 ‐5.3%  Regular 26‐51 times 1,491 1,444 1,130 1,188 5.1%  Frequent 52+ times 2,349 2,289 2,285 1,892 ‐17.2%  CORE 26+ times 3,840 3,733 3,415 3,080 ‐9.8%Trail RunningTotal participation 1+ times 4,167 4,216 4,857 4,833 5,136 6.3% 23.3%Triathlon (Non-Traditional/Off Road)Total participation 1+ times 483 602 666 929 39.5%  Casual 1 time 121 288 219 192 ‐12.3%  Regular 2‐9 times 219 197 286 435 52.3%  Frequent 10+ times 143 117 161 259 60.7%  CORE 2+ times 362 314 447 694 55.3%Triathlon (Traditional/Road)Total participation 1+ times 798 1,087 1,208 1,978 63.7%  Casual 1 time 248 352 396 595 50.2%  Regular 2‐9 times 375 497 519 668 28.7%  Frequent 10+ times 175 238 293 529 80.5%  CORE 2+ times 550 736 812 1,197 47.4%All participation figures are in 000s for the US population ages 6 and over * Martial Arts category was split into 3 to now cover Martial Arts, MMA for fitness and MMA for competition so this will have impacted the total numbers for the pure “Martial Arts” category.© 2011 SGMA Research Page 20
    • 2011, SGMA Participation Topline Report 1 year  10 year Racquet Sports Definition 2000 2007 2008 2009 2010 change changeBadmintonTotal participation 1+ times 8,769 7,057 7,239 7,699 7,590 ‐1.4% ‐13.4%  Casual 1‐12 times 4,785 5,089 5,156 4,789 ‐7.1%  Regular 13‐24 times 910 905 1,094 983 ‐10.1%  Frequent 25+ times 1,362 1,245 1,449 1,818 25.5%  CORE 13+ times 2,272 2,150 2,543 2,801 10.1%Cardio TennisTotal participation 1+ times 830 1,177 1,503 27.7%RacquetballTotal participation 1+ times 4,475 4,229 4,993 4,575 4,630 1.2% 3.5%  Casual 1‐12 times 2,292 2,914 2,699 2,809 4.1%  Regular 13‐24 times 544 649 638 594 ‐6.9%  Frequent 25+ times 1,393 1,430 1,238 1,228 ‐0.8%  CORE 13+ times 1,937 2,079 1,876 1,822 ‐2.9%SquashTotal participation 1+ times 612 706 885 1,177 33.0%  Casual 1‐7 times 323 456 567 811 43.0%  Regular 8‐14 times 66 98 140 74 ‐47.1%  Frequent 15+ times 223 152 178 292 64.2%  CORE 8+ times 289 250 318 366 15.2%Table TennisTotal participation 1+ times 12,712 15,955 17,201 19,301 19,446 0.8% 53.0%  Casual 1‐12 times 10,865 12,196 13,351 13,139 ‐1.6%  Regular 13‐24 times 1,787 1,892 2,008 2,167 7.9%  Frequent 25+ times 3,303 3,113 3,942 4,140 5.0%  CORE 13+ times 5,090 5,005 5,950 6,307 6.0%TennisTotal participation 1+ times 12,974 16,940 18,558 18,534 18,903 2.0% 45.7%All participation figures are in 000s for the US population ages 6 and over© 2011 SGMA Research Page 21
    • 2011, SGMA Participation Topline Report 1 year  10 year Team Sports Definition 2000 2007 2008 2009 2010 change changeBaseballTotal participation 1+ times 15,848 16,058 15,020 13,837 14,558 5.2% ‐8.1%  Casual 1‐12 times 4,493 4,854 4,424 4,856 9.8%  Regular 13‐24 times 2,780 2,422 2,352 2,318 ‐1.4%  Frequent 25+ times 8,785 7,744 7,061 7,385 4.6%  CORE 13+ times 11,565 10,166 9,413 9,703 3.1%BasketballTotal participation 1+ times 26,215 25,961 26,254 24,007 26,304 9.6% 0.3%  Casual 1‐12 times 7,956 8,582 7,558 8,629 14.2%  Regular 13‐24 times 4,279 3,997 3,961 4,029 1.7%  Frequent 25+ times 13,726 13,675 12,488 13,646 9.3%  CORE 13+ times 18,005 17,672 16,449 17,675 7.5%CheerleadingTotal participation 1+ times 2,634 3,279 3,104 3,036 3,232 6.5% 22.7%  Casual 1‐25 times 1,144 1,357 1,260 1,664 32.1%  Regular 26‐51 times 649 724 650 581 ‐10.6%  Frequent 52+ times 1,485 1,023 1,126 987 ‐12.3%  CORE 26+ times 2,135 1,746 1,776 1,568 ‐11.7%Field HockeyTotal participation 1+ times 1,127 1,118 1,066 1,298 21.8%  Casual 1‐7 times 550 570 415 662 59.5%  Regular 8‐14 times 62 165 171 254 48.5%  Frequent 15+ times 515 383 480 383 ‐20.2%  CORE 8+ times 577 548 651 637 ‐2.2%Football (Flag)Total participation 1+ times 7,310 6,553 6,767 3.3%  Casual 1‐12 times 4,001 3,551 3,695 4.1%  Regular 13‐24 times 1,169 1,304 1,226 ‐6.0%  Frequent 25+ times 2,140 1,698 1,846 8.7%  CORE 13+ times 3,309 3,002 3,072 2.3%Football (Touch)Total participation 1+ times 10,493 8,959 8,367 ‐6.6%  Casual 1‐12 times 6,199 5,100 4,947 ‐3.0%  Regular 13‐24 times 1,562 1,401 1,052 ‐24.9%  Frequent 25+ times 2,732 2,458 2,367 ‐3.7%  CORE 13+ times 4,294 3,859 3,419 ‐11.4%Football (Tackle)Total participation 1+ times 8,229 7,939 7,692 6,794 6,905 1.6% ‐16.1%  Casual 1‐25 times 3,700 3,470 3,112 3,008 ‐3.3%  Regular 26‐51 times 1,578 1,740 1,205 1,251 3.8%  Frequent 52+ times 2,661 2,482 2,477 2,646 6.8%  CORE 26+ times 4,239 4,221 3,682 3,897 5.8%GymnasticsTotal participation 1+ times 4,876 4,066 3,883 4,021 4,815 19.7% ‐1.2%  Casual 1‐49 times 2,262 2,379 2,542 2,926 15.1%  Regular 50‐99 times 822 804 766 910 18.8%  Frequent 100+ times 982 700 713 978 37.2%  CORE 50+ times 1,804 1,504 1,479 1,888 27.7%All participation figures are in 000s for the US population ages 6 and over© 2011 SGMA Research Page 22
    • 2011, SGMA Participation Topline Report 1 year  10 year Team Sports (cont.) Definition 2000 2007 2008 2009 2010 change changeIce HockeyTotal participation 1+ times 2,432 1,840 1,902 2,134 2,145 0.5% ‐11.8%  Casual 1‐12 times 558 889 946 1,066 12.7%  Regular 13‐24 times 254 213 307 227 ‐26.1%  Frequent 25+ times 1,028 800 881 853 ‐3.2%  CORE 13+ times 1,282 1,014 1,188 1,080 ‐9.1%LacrosseTotal participation 1+ times 518 1,058 1,127 1,197 1,648 37.7% 218.1%  Casual 1‐12 times 349 562 523 751 43.6%  Regular 13‐24 times 127 183 102 198 94.1%  Frequent 25+ times 582 382 572 699 22.2%  CORE 13+ times 709 565 674 897 33.1%PaintballTotal participation 1+ times 3,615 5,476 4,857 4,552 3,655 ‐19.7% 1.1%  Casual 1‐7 times 3,195 2,929 2,842 2,635 ‐7.3%  Regular 8‐14 times 735 785 800 363 ‐54.6%  Frequent 15+ times 1,546 1,143 910 657 ‐27.8%  CORE 8+ times 2,281 1,929 1,710 1,020 ‐40.4%Roller HockeyTotal participation 1+ times 3,888 1,681 1,456 1,397 1,350 ‐3.4% ‐65.3%  Casual 1‐12 times 950 968 836 1,015 21.4%  Regular 13‐24 times 187 109 178 42 ‐76.4%  Frequent 25+ times 544 379 383 293 ‐23.5%  CORE 13+ times 731 488 561 335 ‐40.3%RugbyTotal participation 1+ times 617 690 750 1,130 50.7%  Casual 1‐7 times 301 401 440 757 72.0%  Regular 8‐14 times 71 50 102 81 ‐20.6%  Frequent 15+ times 245 239 208 292 40.4%  CORE 8+ times 316 289 310 373 20.3%Soccer (Indoor)Total participation 1+ times 4,237 4,737 4,913 4,927 0.3%  Casual 1‐12 times 1,866 2,099 2,002 2,309 15.3%  Regular 13‐24 times 805 847 1,046 825 ‐21.1%  Frequent 25+ times 1,566 1,791 1,865 1,793 ‐3.9%  CORE 13+ times 2,371 2,638 2,911 2,618 ‐10.1%Soccer (Outdoor)Total participation 1+ times 13,708 14,223 13,691 14,075 2.8%  Casual 1‐25 times 7,342 7,742 7,347 7,488 1.9%  Regular 26‐51 times 3,536 3,647 3,376 3,544 5.0%  Frequent 52+ times 2,830 2,834 2,968 3,043 2.5%  CORE 26+ times 6,366 6,481 6,344 6,587 3.8%Softball (Fast Pitch)Total participation 1+ times 2,693 2,345 2,316 2,636 2,389 ‐9.4% ‐11.3%  Casual 1‐25 times 1,013 1,096 1,236 1,397 13.0%  Regular 26‐51 times 570 528 581 463 ‐20.3%  Frequent 52+ times 762 692 819 530 ‐35.3%  CORE 26+ times 1,332 1,220 1,400 993 ‐29.1%All participation figures are in 000s for the US population ages 6 and over© 2011 SGMA Research Page 23
    • 2011, SGMA Participation Topline Report 1 year  10 year Team Sports (cont.) Definition 2000 2007 2008 2009 2010 change changeSoftball (Slow-Pitch)Total participation 1+ times 13,577 9,485 9,835 8,525 8,429 ‐1.1% ‐37.9%  Casual 1‐12 times 3,415 3,929 3,388 3,597 6.2%  Regular 13‐24 times 2,121 2,104 1,898 1,799 ‐5.2%  Frequent 25+ times 3,949 3,802 3,239 3,033 ‐6.4%  CORE 13+ times 6,070 5,906 5,137 4,832 ‐5.9%Track and FieldTotal participation 1+ times 4,691 4,516 4,443 4,322 ‐2.7%  Casual 1‐25 times 1,977 2,204 2,145 1,869 ‐12.9%  Regular 26‐51 times 1,152 1,045 1,049 1,011 ‐3.6%  Frequent 52+ times 1,562 1,267 1,249 1,442 15.5%  CORE 26+ times 2,714 2,312 2,298 2,453 6.7%Ultimate FrisbeeTotal participation 1+ times 4,038 4,879 4,392 4,749 8.1%  Casual 1‐12 times 2,720 3,520 3,119 3,230 3.6%  Regular 13‐24 times 470 464 444 615 38.5%  Frequent 25+ times 848 895 829 903 8.9%  CORE 13+ times 1,318 1,359 1,273 1,518 19.2%Volleyball (Beach)Total participation 1+ times 5,248 3,878 4,171 4,476 5,028 12.3% ‐4.2%  Casual 1‐12 times 2,439 3,091 3,215 3,529 9.8%  Regular 13‐24 times 625 430 549 617 12.4%  Frequent 25+ times 814 651 712 883 24.0%  CORE 13+ times 1,330 1,080 1,261 1,500 19.0%Volleyball (Court)Total participation 1+ times 6,986 8,190 7,283 7,346 0.9%  Casual 1‐12 times 2,930 3,491 3,297 3,224 ‐2.2%  Regular 13‐24 times 1,182 1,206 1,115 1,129 1.3%  Frequent 25+ times 2,874 3,493 2,871 2,994 4.3%  CORE 13+ times 4,056 4,699 3,986 4,123 3.4%Volleyball (Grass)Total participation 1+ times 4,940 5,086 4,853 4,574 ‐5.7%  Casual 1‐12 times 3,280 3,840 3,558 3,160 ‐11.2%  Regular 13‐24 times 771 407 586 443 ‐24.4%  Frequent 25+ times 889 839 709 971 37.0%  CORE 13+ times 1,660 1,246 1,295 1,414 9.2%WrestlingTotal participation 1+ times 3,743 3,313 3,358 2,982 2,089 ‐29.9% ‐44.2%  Casual 1‐25 times 1,736 1,877 1,756 967 ‐44.9%  Regular 26‐51 times 596 656 457 481 5.3%  Frequent 52+ times 981 825 769 641 ‐16.6%  CORE 26+ times 1,458 1,481 1,226 1,122 ‐8.5%All participation figures are in 000s for the US population ages 6 and over© 2011 SGMA Research Page 24
    • 2011, SGMA Participation Topline Report 1 year  10 year Outdoor Sports Definition 2000 2007 2008 2009 2010 change changeBackpacking Overnight - More Than 1/4 Mile From Vehicle/HomeTotal participation 1+ times 6,637 7,867 7,647 8,349 9.2%Bicycling - BMXTotal participation 1+ times 3,213 1,887 1,904 1,811 2,369 30.8% ‐26.3%  Casual 1‐12 times 750 761 724 1,006 39.0%  Regular 13‐24 times 169 294 143 185 29.4%  Frequent 25+ times 968 849 944 1,179 24.9%  CORE 13+ times 1,137 1,143 1,087 1,364 25.5%Bicycling (Mountain/Non-Paved Surface)Total participation 1+ times 6,892 7,592 7,142 7,161 0.3%  Casual 1‐12 times 3,051 3,491 3,296 3,476 5.5%  Regular 13‐24 times 1,003 1,274 1,015 1,141 12.4%  Frequent 25+ times 2,838 2,827 2,831 2,422 ‐14.4%  CORE 13+ times 3,841 4,101 3,846 3,563 ‐7.4%Bicycling (Road/paved surface)Total participation 1+ times 38,940 38,114 40,140 39,320 ‐2.0%  Casual 1‐25 times 17,789 18,164 18,906 19,025 0.6%  Regular 26‐51 times 8,669 8,456 8,991 8,716 ‐3.1%  Frequent 52+ times 12,482 11,494 12,243 11,505 ‐6.0%  CORE 26+ times 21,151 19,950 21,234 20,221 ‐4.8%Birdwatching More Than 1/4 Mile From Home/VehicleTotal participation 1+ times 13,476 14,399 13,294 13,339 0.3%Camping (Recreational vehicle)Total participation 1+ times 17,893 16,168 16,517 17,436 15,865 ‐9.0% ‐11.3%  Casual 1‐7 times 7,942 8,019 8,782 8,146 ‐7.2%  Regular 8‐14 times 3,032 3,476 3,356 2,875 ‐14.3%  Frequent 15+ times 5,194 5,022 5,298 4,845 ‐8.6%  CORE 8+ times 8,226 8,498 8,654 7,720 ‐10.8%Camping Within 1/4 Mile of Vehicle/HomeTotal participation 1+ times 31,375 33,686 34,338 30,996 ‐9.7%Climbing (Sport/Indoor/Boulder)Total participation 1+ times 4,514 4,769 4,313 4,770 10.6%Climbing (Traditional/Ice/Mountaineering)Total participation 1+ times 2,062 2,288 1,835 2,198 19.8%Fishing (Fly)Total participation 1+ times 6,717 5,756 5,941 5,568 5,478 ‐1.6% ‐18.4%  Casual 1‐7 times 2,923 3,113 3,084 2,960 ‐4.0%  Regular 8‐14 times 975 1,167 969 953 ‐1.7%  Frequent 15+ times 1,858 1,661 1,515 1,565 3.3%  CORE 8+ times 2,833 2,828 2,484 2,518 1.4%Fishing (Freshwater-Other)Total participation 1+ times 43,696 43,859 40,331 40,961 38,860 ‐5.1% ‐11.1%  Casual 1‐7 times 20,145 18,916 20,082 19,071 ‐5.0%  Regular 8‐14 times 8,262 7,387 7,454 7,246 ‐2.8%  Frequent 15+ times 15,452 14,028 13,425 12,543 ‐6.6%  CORE 8+ times 23,714 21,415 20,879 19,789 ‐5.2%Fishing (Saltwater)Total participation 1+ times 14,739 14,437 13,804 12,303 11,809 ‐4.0% ‐19.9%  Casual 1‐7 times 8,460 8,415 7,316 6,959 ‐4.9%  Regular 8‐14 times 2,169 2,050 1,741 1,953 12.2%  Frequent 15+ times 3,808 3,339 3,246 2,896 ‐10.8%  CORE 8+ times 5,977 5,389 4,987 4,849 ‐2.8%All participation figures are in 000s for the US population ages 6 and over© 2011 SGMA Research Page 25
    • 2011, SGMA Participation Topline Report 1 year  10 year Outdoor Sports (cont.) Definition 2000 2007 2008 2009 2010 change changeHiking (Day)Total participation 1+ times 30,051 29,965 32,511 32,572 32,496 ‐0.2% 8.1%Hunting (Bow)Total participation 1+ times 4,633 3,818 3,722 4,226 3,908 ‐7.5% ‐15.6%  Casual 1‐7 times 1,718 1,742 2,133 1,810 ‐15.1%  Regular 8‐14 times 596 655 784 929 18.5%  Frequent 15+ times 1,504 1,325 1,309 1,169 ‐10.7%  CORE 8+ times 2,100 1,980 2,093 2,098 0.2%Hunting (Handgun)Total participation 1+ times 2,595 2,873 2,276 2,709 19.0%  Casual 1‐7 times 1,572 1,776 1,451 1,710 17.8%  Regular 8‐14 times 449 495 306 499 63.1%  Frequent 15+ times 574 602 519 500 ‐3.7%  CORE 8+ times 1,023 1,097 825 999 21.1%Hunting (Rifle)Total participation 1+ times 10,635 10,344 11,114 10,150 ‐8.7%  Casual 1‐12 times 6,960 6,958 8,056 7,296 ‐9.4%  Regular 13‐24 times 1,742 1,848 1,712 1,544 ‐9.8%  Frequent 25+ times 1,933 1,538 1,346 1,309 ‐2.7%  CORE 13+ times 3,675 3,385 3,058 2,853 ‐6.7%Hunting (Shotgun)Total participation 1+ times 8,545 8,731 8,490 8,062 ‐5.0%  Casual 1‐7 times 4,171 4,473 4,767 4,210 ‐11.7%  Regular 8‐14 times 1,797 1,835 1,635 1,788 9.4%  Frequent 15+ times 2,577 2,423 2,088 2,064 ‐1.1%  CORE 8+ times 4,374 4,258 3,723 3,852 3.5%Shooting (Sport Clays)Total participation 1+ times 4,437 4,115 4,282 4,182 4,399 5.2% ‐0.9%  Casual 1‐7 times 2,596 2,773 2,674 2,941 10.0%  Regular 8‐14 times 525 652 546 728 33.3%  Frequent 15+ times 994 857 962 731 ‐24.0%  CORE 8+ times 1,519 1,509 1,508 1,459 ‐3.2%Shooting (Trap/Skeet)Total participation 1+ times 3,416 3,376 3,669 3,368 3,610 7.2% 5.7%  Casual 1‐7 times 2,051 2,212 2,171 2,414 11.2%  Regular 8‐14 times 462 611 421 501 19.0%  Frequent 15+ times 863 846 776 695 ‐10.4%  CORE 8+ times 1,325 1,457 1,197 1,196 ‐0.1%Target Shooting (Handgun)Total participation 1+ times 11,736 13,365 12,473 12,497 0.2%  Casual 1‐7 times 6,222 7,305 7,253 7,437 2.5%  Regular 8‐14 times 2,090 2,342 1,886 1,924 2.0%  Frequent 15+ times 3,424 3,718 3,334 3,136 ‐5.9%  CORE 8+ times 5,514 6,060 5,220 5,060 ‐3.1%Target Shooting (Rifle)Total participation 1+ times 10,022 12,436 13,102 12,730 12,544 ‐1.5% 25.2%  Casual 1‐7 times 6,743 7,399 7,530 7,678 2.0%  Regular 8‐14 times 2,097 2,057 1,854 1,952 5.3%  Frequent 15+ times 3,596 3,646 3,346 2,914 ‐12.9%  CORE 8+ times 5,693 5,704 5,200 4,866 ‐6.4%Wildlife Viewing More Than 1/4 Mile From Home/VehicleTotal participation 1+ times 22,974 24,113 21,291 21,025 ‐1.2%All participation figures are in 000s for the US population ages 6 and over© 2011 SGMA Research Page 26
    • 2011, SGMA Participation Topline Report 2006/2007  2007/2008  2008/2009  2009/2010  1 year  3 year Winter Sports Definition season season season season change changeSkiing (Alpine/Downhill)Total participation 1+ times 10,362 10,346 10,919 11,504 5.4% 11.0%Skiing (Cross-country)Total participation 1+ times 3,530 3,848 4,157 4,530 9.0% 28.3%Skiing (Freestyle)Total participation 1+ times 2,817 2,711 2,950 3,647 23.6% 29.5%SnowboardingTotal participation 1+ times 6,841 7,159 7,421 8,196 10.4% 19.8%SnowmobilingTotal participation 1+ times 4,811 4,660 4,798 5,116 6.6% 6.3%  Casual 1‐7 times 2,814 2,917 2,995 3,177 6.1% 12.9%  Regular 8‐14 times 799 541 861 709 ‐17.7% ‐11.2%  Frequent 15+ times 1,198 1,202 942 1,230 30.6% 2.7%  CORE 8+ times 1,997 1,743 1,803 1,939 7.5% ‐2.9%SnowshoeingTotal participation 1+ times 2,400 2,922 3,431 3,823 11.4% 59.3%Telemarking (Downhill)Total participation 1+ times 1,173 1,435 1,482 1,821 22.9% 55.2%All participation figures are in 000s for the US population ages 6 and over© 2011 SGMA Research Page 27
    • 2011, SGMA Participation Topline Report 1 year  10 year Water Sports Definition 2000 2007 2008 2009 2010 change changeBoardsailing/WindsurfingTotal participation 1+ times 1,739 1,118 1,307 1,128 1,617 43.4% ‐7.0%  Casual 1‐7 times 796 969 864 1,027 18.9%  Regular 8‐14 times 121 122 112 320 185.7%  Frequent 15+ times 201 216 152 271 78.3%  CORE 8+ times 322 339 264 591 123.9%CanoeingTotal participation 1+ times 10,880 9,797 9,935 10,058 10,553 4.9% ‐3.0%Jet SkiingTotal participation 1+ times 9,475 8,055 7,815 7,724 7,753 0.4% ‐18.2%  Casual 1‐7 times 4,919 5,135 5,140 5,265 2.4%  Regular 8‐14 times 1,217 1,037 1,116 1,078 ‐3.4%  Frequent 15+ times 1,919 1,643 1,468 1,409 ‐4.0%  CORE 8+ times 2,727 2,680 2,584 2,487 ‐3.8%Kayaking (Recreational)Total participation 1+ times 5,070 6,240 6,212 6,465 4.1%Kayaking (Sea/Touring)Total participation 1+ times 1,485 1,780 1,771 2,144 21.1%Kayaking (White Water)Total participation 1+ times 1,207 1,242 1,369 1,842 34.6%RaftingTotal participation 1+ times 5,259 4,340 4,651 4,318 4,460 3.3% ‐15.2%SailingTotal participation 1+ times 4,405 3,786 4,226 4,342 3,869 ‐10.9% ‐12.2%  Casual 1‐7 times 2,264 2,640 2,733 2,475 ‐9.4%  Regular 8‐14 times 696 633 666 555 ‐16.7%  Frequent 15+ times 826 953 943 839 ‐11.0%  CORE 8+ times 1,421 1,586 1,609 1,394 ‐13.4%All participation figures are in 000s for the US population ages 6 and over© 2011 SGMA Research Page 28
    • 2011, SGMA Participation Topline Report 1 year  10 year Water Sports (cont.) Definition 2000 2007 2008 2009 2010 change changeScuba DivingTotal participation 1+ times 4,305 2,965 3,216 2,723 3,153 15.8% ‐26.8%  Casual 1‐7 times 1,947 2,183 1,847 2,180 18.0%  Regular 8‐14 times 445 542 386 489 26.7%  Frequent 15+ times 573 491 490 485 ‐1.0%  CORE 8+ times 1,018 1,033 876 974 11.2%SnorkelingTotal participation 1+ times 10,302 9,294 10,296 9,358 9,305 ‐0.6% ‐9.7%  Casual 1‐7 times 7,168 7,968 7,464 7,194 ‐3.6%  Regular 8‐14 times 1,142 1,232 1,106 1,201 8.6%  Frequent 15+ times 984 1,096 788 911 15.6%  CORE 8+ times 1,919 2,328 1,894 2,112 11.5%Stand-Up PaddlingTotal participation 1+ times 1,050  Casual 1‐7 times 819  Regular 8‐14 times 121  Frequent 15+ times 109  CORE 8+ times 230SurfingTotal participation 1+ times 2,191 2,206 2,607 2,403 2,767 15.1% 26.3%  Casual 1‐7 times 1,256 1,559 1,298 1,548 19.3%  Regular 8‐14 times 402 263 398 482 21.1%  Frequent 15+ times 548 785 707 737 4.2%  CORE 8+ times 950 1,048 1,105 1,219 10.3%WakeboardingTotal participation 1+ times 4,558 3,521 3,544 3,577 3,645 1.9% ‐20.0%  Casual 1‐7 times 2,405 2,413 2,423 2,500 3.2%  Regular 8‐14 times 451 537 530 569 7.4%  Frequent 15+ times 665 594 624 577 ‐7.5%  CORE 8+ times 1,116 1,131 1,154 1,146 ‐0.7%Water SkiingTotal participation 1+ times 8,765 5,918 5,593 4,862 4,836 ‐0.5% ‐44.8%  Casual 1‐7 times 3,811 3,781 3,308 3,248 ‐1.8%  Regular 8‐14 times 805 845 756 838 10.8%  Frequent 15+ times 1,302 967 798 749 ‐6.1%  CORE 8+ times 2,107 1,812 1,554 1,587 2.1%All participation figures are in 000s for the US population ages 6 and over© 2011 SGMA Research Page 29
    • The SGMA Survey Says ‘Social Networking’ Has Significant Impact on Sports Participation Page 1 of 3 Search SGMA.com for Go Advanced Search • About SGMA Home >> Press Releases >> The SGMA Survey Says ‘Social Networking’ Has Significant Impact on Sports Participation • Join SGMA • SGMA Committees The SGMA Survey Says ‘Social Networking’ Has Significant Impact on Sports Participation • Press Releases Date: 4/13/11 Industry Press Releases New Product Press Releases ‘Generation Y’ Is Most Active Part of Population Legal Task Force Articles SGMA Press Releases SILVER SPRING, MD – April 15, 2011 – ‘Social networking’ is having a major impact on sports participation patterns in the U.S. – particularly for those aged 12 to 30 (‘Generation Y’). According • Research Reports to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association’s (SGMA) Sports & Fitness Participation Topline • Public Policy Report (2011 edition), the approach of ‘Generation Y’ toward athletic activity and exercise is changing because of the influences of Twitter, Texting, Facebook, and YouTube. • Education and Resources • Newsletter The True Impact of ‘Generation Y’ • Events Calendar In all areas of exercise, those who are ‘Generation Y’ (born between 1980 and 1999) outnumber both the ‘Baby Boomers’ (born between 1945 and 1964) and ‘Generation X’ (born between 1965 • Contact Us and 1979) in every area of sports participation – individual sports, racquet sports, team sports, • My SGMA outdoor sports, winter sports, water sports, and fitness sports. The most popular category for ‘Generation Y’ is fitness sports where 51.3 million of them are engaged in some type of fitness- oriented pursuit. Those in the ‘Generation Y’ segment of the population have the strongest ‘social’ mindset which is influencing what they do with their free time. As a result of their strong ‘social’ attitudes, the ‘Generation Y’ portion of the population is strongly gravitating toward group exercise. “The ‘social’ mindset of ‘Generation Y’ is the reason why health club memberships are picking up and group-oriented exercise classes are gaining in popularity. ‘Generation Y’ enjoys working out and exercising with friends, whereas ‘Generation X’ has been focused more on individual pursuits,” said SGMA President/CEO Tom Cove. “For ‘Generation Y,’ it’s as much about the socialization as it is the perspiration.” Since 2009, a few group exercise activities have experienced double-digit gains in overall participation. This growth has been affected by the ‘Generation Y’ philosophy on exercise: Group Exercise Activities Showcasing Increases in ‘Overall’ Participation Since 2009: 1.) Group Cycling – up 29.9% 2.) Cardio Tennis – up 27.7% 3.) High Impact Aerobics – up 19.6% Team Sports News In team sports, there is good news to report. Many traditional endeavors such as outdoor soccer, indoor soccer, tackle football, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, and court volleyball have experienced small degrees of growth in ‘overall’ participation since 2009 – reversing a recent trend in the other direction. The other good news on team sports is that ‘overall’ participation in some ‘niche’ team sports activities has showcased dramatic increases since 2009, such as rugby – up 50.7%, lacrosse – up 37.7%, field hockey – up 21.8%, and beach volleyball – up 12.3%. After analyzing team sports participation patterns at the ‘core’ level, four team sports have had double- digit percentage increases in participation since 2009. They are lacrosse (13+ times/year….up 33.1%), rugby (8+ times/year….. up 20.3%), ultimate frisbee (13+ times/year….up 19.2%), and beach volleyball (13+ times/year…..up 18.9%). Endurance Activitieshttps://www.sgma.com/press/view.php?id=312 9/7/2011
    • The SGMA Survey Says ‘Social Networking’ Has Significant Impact on Sports Participation Page 2 of 3 There are two other sports which have risen in popularity: (1) triathlon and (2) adventure racing. Since 2009, ‘overall’ participation in traditional triathlons is up 63.7%, up 39.5% in non-traditional triathlons, and up 23% in adventure racing. Those who have made a commitment to triathlons and adventure racing are doing so for fitness, fun, and the thrill of the finish. “It appears that this trend is tied to a basic desire to belong to a group and identify with a team or club,” said Steve Furniss, founder of TYR Sport, a manufacturer of products and accessories for swimming and endurance sports. “The triathlon is unique in its ability to couple a person’s fitness routine with a strong sense of community and social interaction, particularly for those not inclined to traditional sports. Other appeal factors include the fact that it is an adult sport, it appeals to both genders, it offers training diversity (swimming, cycling and running) and has the cachet of being the latest ‘Everest’ fitness endeavor, much like accomplishing a marathon was for many in the 1970s and 1980s. However, unlike a marathon, triathlons and adventure racing have so many formats that it can encompass a greater participant base. At the end of the day, triathlons and adventure racing offer social interaction and a sense of community while providing the ability to stay fit. That’s a powerful formula.” America’s Top Ten Sports & Fitness Activities The most popular sports and activities in the U.S. – as measured by people who participate at least once a year in any given activity, i.e. ‘overall’ participation – have a strong focus on fitness as seven out of the top ten activities are fitness-related: RANK ACTIVITY # of PARTICIPANTS 114.1 million 1 Walking for Fitness 2 Bowling 55.9 million 53.1 million 3 Treadmill 49.4 million 4 Running/Jogging 5 Hand Weights 45.9 million 39.4 million 6 Billiards/Pool 39.3 million 7 Bicycling 8 Freshwater Fishing 38.9 million 38.6 million 9 Weight/Resistance Machines 10 Dumbells 37.4 million Finally, in a survey of non sports participants, they were asked which sports they would be most interested in participating…..and swimming and weight training were most frequently mentioned. This year’s Sports & Fitness Participation Topline Report has overall participation figures for 119 sports in 14 different categories (fitness activities, equipment exercise, team sports, racquet sports, outdoor activities, fishing, winter sports, personal contact sports, indoor sports, wheeled sports, hunting, shooting sports, water sports, and other sports/activities). Copies of the Sports & Fitness Participation Topline Report (2011 edition) are available from www.sgma.com. This year’s study has been done as a joint effort of The Physical Activity Council, a collaboration of sports associations that have been doing participation research separately for a number of years: Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, Tennis Industry Association, National Golf Foundation, IHRSA, Snowsports Industries America, The Outdoor Foundation, and the United States Tennis Association.https://www.sgma.com/press/view.php?id=312 9/7/2011
    • The SGMA Survey Says ‘Social Networking’ Has Significant Impact on Sports Participation Page 3 of 3 The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), the #1 source for sport and fitness research, is the leading global trade association of manufacturers, retailers, and marketers in the sports products industry. SGMA helps lead the sports and fitness industries by fostering participation through research, thought leadership, product promotion, and public policy. More information about SGMA membership and SGMAs National Health Through Fitness Day can be found at www.SGMA.com .https://www.sgma.com/press/view.php?id=312 9/7/2011
    • Appendix B – Public Input DocumentationMason County Recreation Plan: 2013-2017 75
    • MASON COUNTY RECREATION PLAN 2012 – INPUT SUMMARY (123 survey responses)1. How many times have you or your family used a Mason County park in the pastyear?
    • MASON COUNTY RECREATION PLAN 2012 – INPUT SUMMARY (123 survey responses)2. Which of the following Mason County parks have you visited in the past year?(Check all that apply.)
    • MASON COUNTY RECREATION PLAN 2012 – INPUT SUMMARY (123 survey responses)3. Please indicate if you have camped in any of the following Mason County Parksduring the past year.
    • MASON COUNTY RECREATION PLAN 2012 – INPUT SUMMARY (123 survey responses)4. Why do you and/or your family visit Mason County parks? (Check all that apply.)Other (please specify): • See following sheets.
    • MASON COUNTY RECREATION PLAN 2012 – INPUT SUMMARY (123 survey responses)5. Have you ever used the Big Sauble River property as a boat or kayak launch?
    • MASON COUNTY RECREATION PLAN 2012 – INPUT SUMMARY (123 survey responses)6. If the Big Sauble River property was improved to enhance water access, would youvisit this park more often?7. Do you have any specific ideas or suggestions for improving the Big Sauble Riverproperty • See following sheets.
    • MASON COUNTY RECREATION PLAN 2012 – INPUT SUMMARY (123 survey responses)8. Have you ever used any of the 3 disc golf courses located at the Mason CountyPicnic Area?
    • MASON COUNTY RECREATION PLAN 2012 – INPUT SUMMARY (123 survey responses)9. How many times in the past year have you used one of the disc golf courses locatedat the Mason County Picnic Area?10. Do you have any specific ideas or suggestions for improving the disc golf courses? • See following sheets.
    • MASON COUNTY RECREATION PLAN 2012 – INPUT SUMMARY (123 survey responses)11. What additional facilities/amenities would you like to see added to MasonCounty parks and recreational areas? (Check all that apply.)
    • MASON COUNTY RECREATION PLAN 2012 – INPUT SUMMARY (123 survey responses)12. Please evaluate the following aspects of Mason County parks and recreationalareas.
    • MASON COUNTY RECREATION PLAN 2012 – INPUT SUMMARY (123 survey responses)13. I have participated in the following recreational activities in Mason County in thepast year: (check all that apply)
    • MASON COUNTY RECREATION PLAN 2012 – INPUT SUMMARY (123 survey responses)14. Please rate the quality of the following existing recreational features in MasonCounty:
    • MASON COUNTY RECREATION PLAN 2012 – INPUT SUMMARY (123 survey responses)15. If there is a person with a disability in your family, please indicate which of thefollowing would make the Mason County parks more user-friendly for you and yourfamily member. (Check all that apply).16. What do you like best about Mason County parks and recreational areas? • See following sheets.17. What is one thing you would do to improve Mason County parks and recreationalareas? • See following sheets.
    • MASON COUNTY RECREATION PLAN 2012 – INPUT SUMMARY (123 survey responses)18. What statement best describes your role in Mason County?19. How many people live in your household? • See following sheets.20. What is your age? • See following sheets.
    • Mason County Parks and Recreation Survey1. How many times have you or your family used a Mason County park in the past year? Response Response Percent Count Never 23.1% 28 1 time 19.0% 23 2 - 5 times 38.0% 46 6 - 10 times 5.0% 6 More than 10 times 14.9% 18 answered question 121 skipped question 22. Which of the following Mason County parks have you visited in the past year? (Check allthat apply.) Response Response Percent Count Mason County Campground 43.4% 43 Mason County Picnic Aera 46.5% 46 Mason County Fairgrounds 73.7% 73 answered question 99 skipped question 24 1 of 26
    • 3. Please indicate if you have camped in any of the following Mason County Parks duringthe past year. Response Response Percent Count Mason County Campground 87.1% 27 Mason County Fairgrounds 16.1% 5 answered question 31 skipped question 924. Why do you and/or your family visit Mason County parks? (Check all that apply.) Response Response Percent Count Fitness and exercise (walking, 42.0% 42 hiking, bicycling)Particpate in/watch athletic events 17.0% 17 Casual/informal use (picnic, 48.0% 48 playground, take pictures) To enjoy nature 47.0% 47 To use the camping facilities 31.0% 31 Other (please specify): 25.0% 25 See page 13 for 25 responses. answered question 100 skipped question 23 2 of 26
    • 5. Have you ever used the Big Sauble River property as a boat or kayak launch? Response Response Percent Count Yes 16.4% 19 No 83.6% 97 answered question 116 skipped question 76. If the Big Sauble River property was improved to enhance water access, would you visitthis park more often? Response Response Percent Count Yes 45.0% 50 No 55.0% 61 answered question 111 skipped question 127. Do you have any specifc ideas or suggestions for improving the Big Sauble Riverproperty? See pages 15 & 16 for the responses. Response Count 18 answered question 18 skipped question 105 3 of 26
    • 8. Have you ever used any of the 3 disc golf courses located at the Mason County PicnicArea? Response Response Percent Count Yes 18.3% 21 No 81.7% 94 answered question 115 skipped question 89. How many times in the past year have you used one of the disc golf courses located atthe Mason County Picnic Area? Response Response Percent Count 0 82.4% 75 1 5.5% 5 2 4.4% 4 3 2.2% 2 4 0.0% 0 5 0.0% 0 6 to 10 times 1.1% 1 More than 10 times 4.4% 4 answered question 91 skipped question 32 4 of 26
    • 10. Do you have any specifc ideas or suggestions for improving the disc golf courses? See page 17 for the responses. Response Count 14 answered question 14 skipped question 10911. What additional facilities/amenities would you like to see added to Mason County parksand recreational areas? (Check all that apply.) See page 19 for other responses. Response Response Percent Count More Park Land 18.3% 19 Walking/Biking Paths 59.6% 62 Pavilions/Picnic Areas 24.0% 25 Beach Volleyball Courts 5.8% 6 Ball Diamonds 5.8% 6 Playgrounds 14.4% 15 Skate Park 1.0% 1 Basketball Courts 8.7% 9 Dog Park 26.0% 27 Drinking Fountains 21.2% 22 Restrooms 46.2% 48 Canoe/Kayak Rental 16.3% 17 Fish Cleaning Station 26.0% 27 Tennis Courts 5.8% 6Cross Country Skiing/Snowshoeing 26.9% 28 Trails 5 of 26
    • Cabin Rentals 13.5% 14 Other (please specify amenity and at which park): 18 answered question 104 skipped question 1912. Please evaluate the following aspects of Mason County parks and recreational areas. Very Very Dont Response Good Neutral Poor Good Poor know Count 14.2% 41.6% 23.0% 13.3% Variety of Facilities/Amenities 6.2% (7) 1.8% (2) 113 (16) (47) (26) (15) 26.3% 41.2% 18.4% 12.3% Maintenance and Appearance 1.8% (2) 0.0% (0) 114 (30) (47) (21) (14) 25.4% 36.0% 21.1% 15.8% Safety and Security 1.8% (2) 0.0% (0) 114 (29) (41) (24) (18) 27.7% 30.4% 20.5% 20.5% Quality/Friendliness of Staff 0.0% (0) 0.9% (1) 112 (31) (34) (23) (23) 12.0% 30.6% 27.8% 20.4% Water Accessibility (if applicable) 6.5% (7) 2.8% (3) 108 (13) (33) (30) (22) answered question 114 skipped question 9 6 of 26
    • 13. I have participated in the following recreational activities in Mason County in the pastyear: (check all that apply) Response Response Percent Count Boating 56.8% 63 Rode an ORV (Off Road Vehicle) 18.0% 20 on a trail Rode a snowmobile on a trail 10.8% 12 Used a hiking or biking trail 66.7% 74 Canoed or kayaked on a Mason 38.7% 43 County river Fished on a Mason County river 27.9% 31 Fished on Lake Michigan or a 52.3% 58 Mason County inland lakePicnicked at a park or some other 57.7% 64 public land Camping at a public park 28.8% 32 Hunting 26.1% 29 Fall color tours 45.0% 50 Birding 18.9% 21 Festivals and special events 53.2% 59Cross-country skiing/snowshoeing 20.7% 23Other park uses (Sporting events, 45.0% 50 playgrounds, swimming, etc.) answered question 111 skipped question 12 7 of 26
    • 14. Please rate the quality of the following existing recreational features in Mason County: Very Very Dont Response Good OK/Average Poor Good Poor Know Count 62.1% ORV trails 1.9% (2) 7.8% (8) 12.6% (13) 8.7% (9) 6.8% (7) 103 (64) 10.0% 63.0% Snowmobile trails 1.0% (1) 7.0% (7) 12.0% (12) 7.0% (7) 100 (10) (63) 15.0% 30.8% 17.8% Hiking/biking paths 29.0% (31) 4.7% (5) 2.8% (3) 107 (16) (33) (19)Canoe/kayak launches and access 24.5% 32.1% 5.7% (6) 32.1% (34) 5.7% (6) 0.0% (0) 106 points (26) (34) 12.1% 43.0% 20.6% Fishing access 20.6% (22) 3.7% (4) 0.0% (0) 107 (13) (46) (22) 21.9% 41.9% 20.0% Public campgrounds 16.2% (17) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 105 (23) (44) (21) 20.4% 50.5%Picnicking/Outdoor gathering spots 19.4% (20) 1.9% (2) 0.0% (0) 7.8% (8) 103 (21) (52) 43.0% 35.5% Lake Michigan swimming access 10.3% (11) 3.7% (4) 0.0% (0) 7.5% (8) 107 (46) (38) Inland lake and river swimming 16.3% 30.8% 9.6% 17.3% 25.0% (26) 1.0% (1) 104 access (17) (32) (10) (18) 12.4% 30.5% 41.0% Hunting 13.3% (14) 1.9% (2) 1.0% (1) 105 (13) (32) (43) 29.9% 38.3% 18.7% Fall color tours 10.3% (11) 1.9% (2) 0.9% (1) 107 (32) (41) (20) 14.4% 25.0% 46.2% Birding 13.5% (14) 1.0% (1) 0.0% (0) 104 (15) (26) (48) 10.6% 24.0% 40.4%Cross-country skiing/snowshoeing 22.1% (23) 2.9% (3) 0.0% (0) 104 (11) (25) (42) answered question 112 skipped question 11 8 of 26
    • 15. If there is a person with a disability in your family, please indicate which of the followingwould make the Mason County parks more user-friendly for you and your family member.(Check all that apply). Response Response Percent Count No one with a disability in our 81.9% 68 family Flatter, easier grades 9.6% 8 Accessible playgrounds 6.0% 5 Accessibile parking 10.8% 9 Accessible waterfront access 14.5% 12 Accessible restrooms 13.3% 11 Paved trails 14.5% 12 answered question 83 skipped question 4016. What do you like best about Mason County parks and recreational areas? See pages 21-22 for the responses. Response Count 43 answered question 43 skipped question 80 9 of 26
    • 17. What is one thing you would do to improve Mason County parks and recreational areas? See pages 24-26 for the responses. Response Count 48 answered question 48 skipped question 7518. What statement best describes your role in Mason County? Response Response Percent Count I live in Mason County 78.9% 86My family owns a seasonal home 7.3% 8 Mason County I have visted Mason County 11.9% 13 None of the above 1.8% 2 answered question 109 skipped question 1419. How many people live in your household? Response Response Percent Count 1 9.0% 10 2 47.7% 53 3-5 43.2% 48 6 or more 0.0% 0 answered question 111 skipped question 12 10 of 26
    • 20. What is your age? Response Response Percent Count under 18 0.9% 1 18-29 5.4% 6 30-39 11.7% 13 40-49 18.0% 20 50-64 51.4% 57 65 and older 12.6% 14 answered question 111 skipped question 12 11 of 26
    • Page 1, Q4. Why do you and/or your family visit Mason County parks? (Check all that apply.) 1 Go to the Old Engine club events , Jul 21, 2012 11:38 AM 2 Camping and salmon fishing!! Jul 19, 2012 5:54 PM 3 Fishing Recreation Mainly Jul 19, 2012 10:09 AM 4 Fishing Camp Jul 19, 2012 10:03 AM 5 salman fishing Jul 19, 2012 8:10 AM 6 fishing Jul 13, 2012 11:55 AM 7 Events at the fairgrounds Jul 12, 2012 2:03 PM 8 went to home show Jul 10, 2012 10:35 PM 9 attend events held there Jul 9, 2012 3:35 PM 10 fishing Jul 6, 2012 12:35 PM 11 participate in horse shows Jul 3, 2012 11:43 AM 12 To enjoy the gorgeous beach and lake Michigan Jul 2, 2012 6:16 PM 13 Play Disc golf Jul 2, 2012 12:16 AM 14 Fishing off of the beaten path, away from developed ramps, launches and Jun 28, 2012 7:33 PM access sites 15 Salmon fishing Jun 28, 2012 2:14 PM 16 West Michigan Fair Jun 28, 2012 12:16 PM 17 to attend the fair Jun 27, 2012 5:50 PM 18 Fair week Jun 27, 2012 3:10 PM 19 school field trips Jun 27, 2012 3:07 PM 20 very quiet and nice Jun 27, 2012 11:17 AM 21 Fair-watch horse shows, etc. Jun 26, 2012 8:21 PM 22 reunion Jun 26, 2012 7:49 PM 23 The annual fair & we anticipate using camping areas now that we have a Jun 26, 2012 4:03 PM camper. 24 Close to home. Jun 25, 2012 6:16 PM 25 visit friends camping Jun 25, 2012 4:14 PM 13 of 26
    • Page 1, Q7. Do you have any specifc ideas or suggestions for improving the Big Sauble River property? 1 Not at this time Jul 18, 2012 11:29 AM 2 If very large industrial wind turbines were placed there, many more visitors would Jul 10, 2012 3:31 PM be attracted to that area and use this park more. 3 Improvements should be relatively rustic while ensuring the site is protected from Jul 9, 2012 9:07 AM erosion. Use of a portable toilet and minimally designed parking along with a walk down launch area should be adequate. 4 need small launch added...maybe small/better parking Jul 8, 2012 5:45 AM 5 Keep it as natural as possible please. Jul 6, 2012 12:35 PM 6 make more accessible for beginners Jul 3, 2012 11:43 AM 7 no Jul 2, 2012 1:07 PM 8 I think this area should be left as natural as possible. A picnic table or bench with Jun 29, 2012 10:20 PM a view of the river would be a nice addition. 2 instream fish structures could be placed in the river on this property to improve the habitat. Big Sable Watershed Restoration Committee is considering installation of instream habitat structures from Darr Rd to US-31 on the Big Sable. This would improve the quality of this area of the river. The problem with developing this site as a canoe/kayak area is the next public access site downstream is located in the Hamlin Marsh off of Nurnberg Rd. A very long float through a braided area of the river. Vehicle access to this site on the south side of the bridge is not very safe with the hill to the south and traffic speeds on the highway. Highway access from Sauble Drive on the north side of the bridge is safer but the north side of the bridge is not the preferred access to the river. I would favor little development of this area. Wayne Andersen, Chairman, Big Sable Watershed Restoration Committee 9 no Jun 29, 2012 7:29 AM 10 This site is one of the top brown-trout fishing spots in the county for a very short Jun 28, 2012 7:33 PM period of time because it is adjacent to excellent aquatic insect habitat. It would be criminal to make it more attractive to beer-swilling tubers and canoeists. The logjams downstream make it dangerous for all but the most experienced kayakers, which could be a liability issue. 11 Honestly, I didnt even know it existed until I received this survey. Im new to Jun 28, 2012 3:47 PM kayaking and am looking for safe, accessible places for me to use. Id like to know more about the county properties available for recreation. Thank you. 12 not sure havent been there Jun 28, 2012 9:44 AM 13 I was/am unaware of where it is and what it can be used for. Jun 27, 2012 3:41 PM 14 parking & access improvements. Jun 26, 2012 7:49 PM 15 No Jun 26, 2012 6:50 PM 16 Several picnic tables, clean up tree debris snd keep area mowed . Jun 25, 2012 10:38 PM 17 Create a gravel parking lot and a boat launch. Port-o-lets would be nice, and a Jun 25, 2012 4:14 PM 15 of 26
    • Page 1, Q7. Do you have any specifc ideas or suggestions for improving the Big Sauble River property? picnic table for roadside use would complete the concept. 18 no Jun 25, 2012 4:14 PM 16 of 26
    • Page 1, Q10. Do you have any specifc ideas or suggestions for improving the disc golf courses? 1 I observe good usage of the facility from passing by often. Jul 20, 2012 8:56 AM 2 Great Now and is maintained nicely! Jul 19, 2012 10:09 AM 3 n/a Jul 18, 2012 11:29 AM 4 If very large industrial wind turbines were placed there, many more visitors would Jul 10, 2012 3:31 PM be attracted to that area and use this park more. 5 My 4 children all enjoy disc golf and use all the area sites constantly. Jul 5, 2012 3:14 PM 6 my grandson uses the disc golf courses and really enjoys them Jul 3, 2012 11:43 AM 7 These are highly regarded courses in the disc golf world - I suggest continue to Jul 2, 2012 10:29 AM do some positive promotion of the facility. 8 no Jun 29, 2012 7:29 AM 9 I think the MDGO does an excellent job of maintaining the courses at their Jun 28, 2012 7:33 PM expense. Im not sure the entire county should shoulder the burden of improvements. 10 Ive never played, so I dont have anything to add. Jun 28, 2012 3:47 PM 11 offer an intro workshop for families. I have never played but think it looks like it Jun 27, 2012 3:41 PM would be a fun sport. 12 No Jun 26, 2012 6:50 PM 13 get rid of all the poison ivy. Advertise it more! Jun 26, 2012 7:54 AM 14 no Jun 25, 2012 4:14 PM 17 of 26
    • Page 1, Q11. What additional facilities/amenities would you like to see added to Mason County parks andrecreational areas? (Check all that apply.) 1 NO dog parks! It is bad enough their poop is everywhere as it is. Jul 31, 2012 9:14 PM 2 A fish cleaning station would be ideal. My friends and I spend 8-10 weekends Jul 19, 2012 5:54 PM during the summer. Camping, fishing and socailizing are what we go for. So claening staion would be incredible! 3 snowmobile or orv trails Jul 10, 2012 10:35 PM 4 More very large wind turbines for all to enjoy...not just Riverton & Summit Jul 10, 2012 3:31 PM residents. 5 Buy more park land and put wind turbines there so I dont have to have them in Jul 6, 2012 12:43 PM my backyard. 6 mason county campground fish cleaning station Jul 3, 2012 9:32 PM 7 Mountain BIke Single Track Jul 2, 2012 4:24 PM 8 I would like to see our county retain its rural character. No more pavement of any Jun 28, 2012 7:33 PM kind anywhere. 9 restrooms at all Jun 28, 2012 9:44 AM 10 BMX park at the fairgrounds Jun 27, 2012 3:41 PM 11 benches Jun 27, 2012 3:40 PM 12 Soccer fields Jun 26, 2012 9:32 PM 13 bigger campsites for full hook-up at the Mason County Campground Jun 26, 2012 8:21 PM 14 bmx park! Jun 26, 2012 6:50 PM 15 A pool at the Mason County Campground. Jun 26, 2012 11:49 AM 16 any additional areas that would assist the youth in our community Jun 26, 2012 10:30 AM 17 sled dog trails all parks. Jun 25, 2012 8:16 PM 18 Mason County Campground Jun 25, 2012 4:14 PM 19 of 26
    • Page 3, Q16. What do you like best about Mason County parks and recreational areas? 1 the variety Jul 31, 2012 9:17 PM 2 I havent used most of them and am not sure where they are. Jul 26, 2012 9:23 AM 3 We are so close to any of the parks Jul 21, 2012 11:41 AM 4 Availability Jul 20, 2012 8:59 AM 5 Quality staff, behaved campers, close to lake Michigan for fishing Jul 19, 2012 6:01 PM 6 The people we meet their Jul 19, 2012 5:44 PM 7 We love the staff at Mason County Campground. They go out of their way to be Jul 19, 2012 4:57 PM welcoming and provide for whatever is needed such as ice. Love the new cooler with sodas and waters available since there is no pop vending machine available. 8 Friendly Staff and quiet campground, well maintained but needs a fishing station Jul 19, 2012 10:12 AM bad since a large fraction of the quests are fisherman that repeat visits yearly to fish Lake Michigan! 9 friendly staft Jul 19, 2012 8:13 AM 10 There are lots of options Jul 18, 2012 11:31 AM 11 The rural, mostly undeveloped nature of the properties. Jul 17, 2012 9:13 AM 12 Clean Jul 12, 2012 2:13 PM 13 we go to the UP to ride snowmobiles and orvs. We can ride some at home but Jul 10, 2012 10:37 PM only if we go to Lake Co or Manistee Co. Doesnt keep our money at home. 14 Natural landscape and good quality facilities at an economical price. Jul 9, 2012 9:12 AM 15 Clean and well maintained. Jul 6, 2012 12:44 PM 16 that they are quiet secluded and not overly modernized Jul 6, 2012 12:39 PM 17 Accessibility Jul 6, 2012 12:39 PM 18 Our family has vacationed in the area for over 50 years. We usually to the same Jul 5, 2012 10:48 AM things every year which we love. We have recently started to explore more of the Mason County parks and its great to see the things that the parks have to offer. 19 They have the potential to be some of the states best parks Jul 5, 2012 2:15 AM 20 cleanliness, groomed, assessible Jul 3, 2012 11:46 AM 21 nice people Jul 2, 2012 1:09 PM 22 Low cost, easy access - great parks and facilities Jul 2, 2012 10:31 AM 23 variety of park offerings Jun 29, 2012 1:41 PM 21 of 26
    • Page 3, Q16. What do you like best about Mason County parks and recreational areas? 24 Their rural character. Jun 28, 2012 7:36 PM 25 The staff Jun 28, 2012 2:16 PM 26 Availability Jun 28, 2012 12:56 PM 27 Clean and separated spaces in campground. Jun 27, 2012 9:07 PM 28 They are in beautiful areas. Jun 27, 2012 8:05 PM 29 Nature Jun 27, 2012 4:16 PM 30 Close to home - Jun 27, 2012 4:12 PM 31 Left more natural Jun 27, 2012 3:35 PM 32 THE MANY DIFERENT OPTIONS AVAILABLE Jun 27, 2012 3:17 PM 33 lots of parking and you can take the family there for a low cost family fun filled Jun 27, 2012 3:10 PM day 34 cleanliness & friendly help. Jun 26, 2012 8:02 PM 35 Girls Jun 26, 2012 6:52 PM 36 easy access to water.... unlike Holland MI which is much busier and a bottle Jun 26, 2012 4:11 PM neck to get to the water, Ludington has the advantage of being able to zip over to the water without parking issues or it taking an hour to get in/out... 37 The improvement made to the Mason County Fairgounds. Jun 26, 2012 11:52 AM 38 friendly staff at campground. Quiet and family friendly Jun 26, 2012 7:57 AM 39 The natural beauty of the area Jun 25, 2012 10:42 PM 40 nature Jun 25, 2012 8:17 PM 41 Quick, local access. Close to home. Jun 25, 2012 6:19 PM 42 Staff and natural settings Jun 25, 2012 4:18 PM 43 cleanliness Jun 25, 2012 4:17 PM 22 of 26
    • Page 3, Q17. What is one thing you would do to improve Mason County parks and recreational areas? 1 more space--some parks are much too busy. Jul 31, 2012 9:17 PM 2 More publicity as to what is available. More safe bike trails in Mason County. Jul 26, 2012 9:23 AM 3 Add more Jul 20, 2012 8:59 AM 4 FISH CLEANING STATION !!!!! Air conditioning in bathrooms so after a shower Jul 19, 2012 6:01 PM you are not sweating from the 100% humidity. Then it wouldnt feel like you never took a shower! 5 Need a place to clean fish in the campground Jul 19, 2012 5:44 PM 6 add vending, although the size of the park may not be able to support this, so Jul 19, 2012 4:57 PM that is okay. 7 Fish Cleaning Station! Jul 19, 2012 10:12 AM 8 Fish Cleaning Station at Mason County Campground Jul 19, 2012 10:05 AM 9 fish cleaning station Jul 19, 2012 8:13 AM 10 Make better fish cleaning stations Jul 18, 2012 11:31 AM 11 Contacting the campground and their staff is near impossible. I tried calling Jul 17, 2012 12:55 PM numerous times and only got an answering machine. When I left a message, it look 2-3 days to get a call back. I tried sending an email, and basically got a response back (a day or two later) that said I needed to call the office. Even when we arrived at the campsite, no one was in the office. Luckily I knew what sites were reserved for us, so we were able to park and start unpacking while I tracked down a ranger to check in. It was also difficult to track someone down to purchase ice (thankfully the firewood was available on the honor system), and I was not able to take advantage of the new Wi-Fi because I was not able to ask anyone for the log in credentials to be able to access it. The website could also be more user-friendly. Nowhere did it mention check-in or check-out times. Also, being able to reserve a site online would make things a lot easier, and you wouldnt have to play phone-tag with the office. 12 Some facilities could use updating. Jul 17, 2012 9:13 AM 13 More paved walking/biking trails Jul 12, 2012 2:13 PM 14 orv trails or snowmobile trails. to connect with lake, oceana and manistee Jul 10, 2012 10:37 PM counties. 15 Invite developers to install very large industrial wind turbines. Jul 10, 2012 3:34 PM 16 Trail development. Jul 9, 2012 9:12 AM 17 More pavillions or shade shelters Jul 6, 2012 12:44 PM 18 keeping them as natural and unobtrusive as possible whilst maintaining Jul 6, 2012 12:39 PM accessability 19 Fish cleaning stations Jul 6, 2012 12:39 PM 24 of 26
    • Page 3, Q17. What is one thing you would do to improve Mason County parks and recreational areas? 20 Keeping it as natural as possible but accessible. Jul 5, 2012 10:48 AM 21 Expand park areas to accommodate more camping near Pere Marquette River Jul 5, 2012 2:15 AM south of Ludington. Very little $ is invested in the area that generates most of Mason Countys tax dollars... 22 Work with the road commission to provide better road biking. Less chip seal and Jul 2, 2012 4:26 PM a bigger shoulder to ride on. 23 more camping Jul 2, 2012 1:09 PM 24 promotion that they exist, where they are, what they offer Jul 2, 2012 10:31 AM 25 I would encourage Mason County Parks to work with townships improving their Jun 29, 2012 10:25 PM parks. I would encourage Mason County Parks to consider helping Victory Township develop Victory Park on Upper Hamlin Lake. There are other township parks that could be improved. 26 water accessibility Jun 29, 2012 1:41 PM 27 Hide them from other people. Jun 28, 2012 7:36 PM 28 As Im a life-long resident, Im saddened to know that there are so many county Jun 28, 2012 3:53 PM properties available that I wasnt aware of. Im still not sure where the sites noted are or what activities are available at each. Im going to have to do some investigtating. I think more needs to be done to get the word out to other residents and visitors that the county has recreation areas open for use and enjoyment. 29 We could really use a skate park that allowed for bmx bike use. Jun 28, 2012 2:21 PM 30 A fish cleaning station Jun 28, 2012 2:16 PM 31 Lets have more of them. Jun 28, 2012 12:56 PM 32 Bike accessibilty Jun 27, 2012 9:07 PM 33 Better biking trails---especially along roads. Jun 27, 2012 4:16 PM 34 Snowmobile Trails Jun 27, 2012 3:54 PM 35 Add ORV & Snowmobile Trails - we have to send people to Lake and Manistee Jun 27, 2012 3:35 PM Counties 36 SIGNAGE AND MAPS TO SITES Jun 27, 2012 3:17 PM 37 improve the dirt hiking trails and broken planks along the way. Jun 27, 2012 3:10 PM 38 expand them to accommodate more use by more people as funds become Jun 26, 2012 8:02 PM available. 39 Allow bikes at the skatepark Jun 26, 2012 6:52 PM 40 publish advantages... even as of now its hard to know what each area has in the Jun 26, 2012 4:11 PM 25 of 26
    • Page 3, Q17. What is one thing you would do to improve Mason County parks and recreational areas? way of kids playground areas etc... pictures speak a thousand words, have many pics of each area on web instead of just 1 picture-leaving the viewer to guess if that is all there is. You could really better market the already great parks there are. 41 A pool at the Mason County Campgrounds. Jun 26, 2012 11:52 AM 42 Increase the areas for youth activities in Mason County. The youth are the Jun 26, 2012 10:43 AM future for Mason County 43 update Jun 26, 2012 7:57 AM 44 Pock up additional land for future recreational sites Jun 25, 2012 10:42 PM 45 let dogs be accepted Jun 25, 2012 8:17 PM 46 Add more. Jun 25, 2012 6:19 PM 47 updating existing facilities, rest rooms. Jun 25, 2012 4:18 PM 48 open longer each year Jun 25, 2012 4:17 PM 26 of 26