The Eppley Institute was asked to assist in developing a Management Plan for the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve in order to increase recreational opportunities while decreasing negative impacts. The Institute led efforts to assess user patterns, preferences, perceptions and needs of Griffy Lake Nature Preserve patrons. The Eppley Institute evaluated hiking, fishing, boating, dog walking, and trail running activities. The plan was created in collaboration between the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands and JFNew, an ecological services firm.
- Developed a single survey instrument in collaboration with Bloomington Parks and Recreation staff, in both email and mail back forms,
- Analyzed and evaluated survey responses,
- Evaluated user safety, price structures for rentals and programming, parking facilities, accessibility, trail system, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, adjacent land use, potential land acquisition zones or alternatives, and funding options,
- Developed and carried out a public engagement plan including stakeholder interviews, focus groups, public meetings, and
- Created final recommendations and strategic action plans.
Survey results and stakeholder input were analyzed and included in the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve Master Plan. The online survey response rate of almost 70% attested to the public’s love of this exceptionally rare urban resource. The Griffy Lake Nature Preserve Master Plan was finalized in Summer 2008.