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HUMBOLDT TOWNSHIP FIVE-YEAR RECREATION PLAN

Images provided by Jackie Solomon

RECREATION PLAN 2016 – 2020 WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE CUPPAD REGIONAL COMMISSION

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Table of Contents 1.0 INTRODUCTION

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2.0 COMMUNITY PROFILE

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3.0 ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE

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4.0 RECREATION INVENTORY

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5.0 RECREATION NEEDS STANDARDS

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6.0 RESOURCE INVENTORY

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7.0 PLANNING AND PUBLIC INPUT

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8.0 GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

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9.0 RECREATION ACTION PROGRAM

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APPENDIX A COMMUNITY RECREATION SURVEY

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APPENDIX B SURVEY RESULTS

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APPENDIX C PUBLIC NOTICES AND DOCUMENTATION

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Introduction

Parks and recreation services enhance the quality of life of a community’s residents and visitors. Humboldt Township seeks to provide its residents and visitors with a high level of recreational service by enhancing the recreational opportunities within the Township, and by working with the County, State, school systems, and neighboring Townships to further enhance recreation in the area. This Recreation Plan is intended to guide decision makers with the future development and improvement of the community’s parks and recreation facilities. Humboldt Township is a rural community located in western Marquette County, within the Central portion of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a rural region renowned for its outdoor recreation opportunities. The Township is 95 square miles (61,222 acres) in size and located approximately 35 miles west of the City of Marquette and 60 miles southeast of L’Anse/Baraga. A location map relative to the Upper Peninsula is on the following page.

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Humboldt Township Location

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Community Profile

For any planning endeavor, careful attention must be given to the analysis of population trends and projections. Such an analysis is necessary to determine existing or future needs based on the characteristics of the area’s population. Population analysis assists in determining the direction of local capital improvements and related expenditures for recreational planning; population data is useful when applying recreation guidelines to a community. Humboldt Township experienced a fluctuating population between the years 1950 and 2000. The 1970's saw an increase in population but with an economic turnaround, the population fell after 1980. The population has held somewhat steady since the 2000 Census. Population trends for the Township and County are displayed below.

Population Trend 1950-2010

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Source: 2010 US Census

It is important in the planning process to determine trends not only in total population but the age of the population. For example, if the population is getting older, it may not be appropriate to develop more playgrounds, but rather walking/hiking trails or other recreation amenities appropriate for an older population. A breakdown of age groups from the 2000 and 2010 Census are shown on the following page. A significant drop occurred in those aged 15 to 19 and 35 to 44 between the 2000 and 2010 Census, while those of retirement age has increased. School-aged children still account for 18.5% of the total Township population, but the trend is that of a decline in that age group.

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According to the 2013 American Community Survey, the median household income was $50,417 (+/-$9,520), and the median family income was $58,958 (+/-$11,614). Non-family median income was $34,167 (+/-$5,545). The percentage of families with an income below the poverty level was 8.3%, 19.5% for all people. When planning for recreation, persons with disabilities are an important factor to consider. A person is considered to have a disability if he or she has difficulties performing certain functions such as seeing, hearing, talking, walking, climbing stairs or lifting and carrying. Disabilities also include difficulty in performing daily activities or participating in social roles such as schoolwork and working at a job. The only current source of this information is the American Community Survey, which typically has a high margin of error for rural areas. Disability information for the Township is in the following chart. Figures are taken directly from the ACS, and the margin of error is provided for each item. Humboldt Township

Population with a disability Estimate Margin of Error

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Population 18 to 64 years With a hearing difficulty With a vision difficulty With a cognitive difficulty With an ambulatory difficulty With a self-care difficulty With an independent living difficulty

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Population 65 years and over With a hearing difficulty With a vision difficulty With a cognitive difficulty With an ambulatory difficulty With a self-care difficulty With an independent living difficulty

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Administrative Structure

Humboldt Township plans for and provides recreation opportunities in the community in order to promote health, tourism, and quality of life for area residents. The Township is dedicated funding and other resources to operate and maintain recreation sites in the Township. Recreation administration, management and program development are the responsibilities of the Humboldt Township Board. A Recreation Committee is currently being formed (three members thus far), and is the primary advisory body for recreation. The Planning Commission is also involved in recreational planning and programing, to a limited extent. Township recreation facilities are maintained by a Township employee - who reports to the Township Board – and by volunteers. The Township Supervisor is also involved in Township Recreation activities.

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The Township allocates annual funding from the General Fund to fund parks and recreation, both capital expenses and maintenance. Below are figures from the general fund for recreational capital expenses (picnic tables, grills, etc.). Because park maintenance is rolled into general Township grounds maintenance, the figures below do NOT include maintenance costs (grass mowing, etc.).

Year

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2011 - 2012

$12,770

2012 - 2013

$6,250

2013 – 2014

$2,450

2014 – 2015

$11,050

2015 - 2016

$20,400

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Recreation Inventory

The following section describes the public parks within the Township limits. A five-point evaluation system was used to rank each site’s ADA Accessibility. The inventory was done by the Township Planning Commission with assistance from CUPPAD. Images for each site provided by either CUPPAD or Jackie Solomon. Recreational inventory of each park is described using the following format:

Site Name and Map Number: Name and map number, which corresponds to the inventory map. Description: Description, which may include park size and a listing of equipment and site assets. Type: Classification according to Appendix B – Classification System in the MDNR Plan Guidelines. This system is based on national classification standards. Service Area: Does the site service only local residents, or a broader user-base? Barrier-Free Accessibility: Uses rating scale described below.  Level 1: The park is not accessible to people with a broad range of physical disabilities. The site includes little paved areas and the facilities, such as play equipment or picnic areas, are not easily accessible.  Level 2: The park is somewhat accessible to people with a broad range of physical disabilities. Either the parking area or pathways are paved, but not both. Many of the facilities, such as play equipment or picnic areas, are not easily accessible.  Level 3: The park is mostly accessible to people with a broad range of physical disabilities. Most of the parking areas and pathways are paved, some the facilities, such as play equipment or picnic areas, are accessible but may not be completely barrier-free.  Level 4: The park is completely accessible to people with broad range of physical disabilities. Parking areas and pathways are paved, and most of the facilities are easily accessible.  Level 5: The entire park was developed or renovated using a design approach which enables all environments to be usable by everyone to the greatest extent possible.

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Name: Township Park (Site #1) Description: This 10-acre site south of County Road FA, adjacent to the Township Hall, has a one acre man-made pond constructed in 1936, and is the site for an annual fishing derby in the summer as well as an annual bridge walk. The bridge over the pond was constructed in 2007. This recreation site also has a basketball court located just north of the pond, and has a small playground with outhouse-toilet. A property survey and site plan have been developed for this site. Type & Purpose: Community Park Service Area: Local, County Accessibility Evaluation: 2

Name: Township Hall (Site #2) Description: The Township Hall is located on 11 acres and provides residents with a central location for meetings, parties, and other events. An addition was built in 1998, and a handicap-accessible elevator is provided. A property survey and site plan have been developed for this site. Type: Special Use Service Area: Local Accessibility Evaluation: 3

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Name: Township Baseball Field (Site #3) Description: Baseball field is located on 38.2 acres of Township-owned property. This site also has a potable water supply, concession building, bleachers, and outhouse toilet. A property survey and site plan have been developed for this site. Type: Mini-Park Service Area: Local Accessibility Evaluation: 2

Name: Horseshoe Court (Site #4) Description: Located on one-half acre across from Township Hall. A property survey and site plan have been developed for this site. Type: Mini-Park Service Area: Local Accessibility Evaluation: 1

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Name: Fish Lake Access Site (Site #5) Description: A ½-acre site, providing the only public access to Fish Lake. A property survey and site plan have been developed for this site. Type: Special Use Service Area: Local, County Accessibility Evaluation: 1

Name: Township Basketball Court (Site #6) Description: Located on a 1-acre site. Provides a basketball court with 2 hoops. Type: Mini-Park Service Area: Local Accessibility Evaluation: 1

Image from Google Street View – Sept 2008

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Other Recreation Sites and Facilities: Tower Lake Site (Site #7) – Humboldt Township recently purchased approximately 80 acres near the 13-acre Tower Lake for future development. The Township plans to develop a re-use plan for the property in the near future. Republic Mines Wetlands Preserve (Site #8) – background information below. The Township would like to work in conjunction with neighboring Republic Township to improve the site. Porterfield Lake Motorcycle Trail: The MDNR-owned Porterfield Lake Motorcycle Trail is a 38-mile trail located in the south-central portion of Humboldt Township off of County Road FFO and is open to motorcycle use only.

Republic Mines Wetlands Preserve The Republic Mines Wetlands Preserve is a 2,300 acre site with over 670 acres of wetlands. The site is a former open-pit ore mine and tailings basin, owned by Cliffs Natural Resources. The mine closed in the early 1980s, and equipment removed by the 1990s. Work began on the preserve in the late 1990s into the early 2000s. In 2008, a two mile walking trail was opened in the southern portion of the preserve.

Iron Ore Heritage Trail The Iron Ore Heritage Trail is a 48-mile long multi-use trail from Chocolay Township east of Marquette City, to Republic in western Marquette County. The trail connects communities and people to the area’s historic sites and stories. The most current trail map (2013) shows that Humboldt Township’s portion of this designated trail is currently unimproved. The Township would like to improve the trail with a crushed aggregate to provide easier access to a variety of users, both motorized and non-motorized. A trailhead for the Heritage Trail is located within the Township, as well as in neighboring Republic Township.

Other Area Recreation Facilities A large number of recreational opportunities are present within Marquette County, the City of Marquette, and neighboring Townships. Some of the larger attractions include: Sugar Loaf Mountain, Dead River area, Presque Isle Park, and Marquette Mountain in and around the City of Marquette; Republic Township has ball fields and facilities at the Republic-Michigamme School; Ely Township maintains numerous parks; and the City of Ishpeming maintains several recreational facilities, parks, and ball fields. Champion Beach (Van Riper) in neighboring Champion Township is a popular site for Humboldt Township residents; Champion also has numerous parks in the area. The State of Michigan maintains boat launches, access sites, and snowmobile trails throughout the area and Region.

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Recreation Needs Standards

Open space needs are usually assessed using space standards, the most common and widely used measure of a recreation system's adequacy. Total park and recreation space is usually expressed as acres per population. These space standards can, in most situations, be useful in assessing current and future open space needs and demand. Standards that have been developed by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) provide a scale against which an existing recreation system can be measured so that guidelines for future needs can be created. A community's park system under NRPA standards should have a minimum of 6.25 to 10.50 total acres of developed open space per 1,000 population. With a population of 464, Humboldt Township would have to provide between .116 to .232 acres of mini parks, .464 to .928 acres of neighborhood parks, 2.32 to 3.712 acres of community parks, and 2.32 to 4.64 acres of regional parks. Special-parks can vary on acreage/population.

LOCAL AND REGIONAL RECREATION OPEN SPACE STANDARDS

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Specialized facility that serves a concentrated or limited population or Mini Park <1/4 mile radius 1 or less 0.25 to 0.5 specific group such as tots or senior citizens Area for intense recreation activities Neighborhood such as field games, court games, crafts, 1/4 to ½ 15+ 1.0 to 2.0 Park play equipment, skating, picnicking, etc. Area of diverse environmental quality. May include areas suited for intense recreational facilities, such as athletic Several Community Park neighborhoods 1 to complexes and large swimming pools. 25+ 5.0 to 8.0 May also be an area of natural quality 2 mile radius for outdoor recreation, such as walking, viewing, sitting, and picnicking. Area of natural or ornamental quality for outdoor recreation, such as Several Regional Park picnicking, boating, fishing, swimming, communities 1 hour 200+ 5.0 to 10.0 camping, and trail use; may include play driving time areas. Source: Roger A. Lancaster, Ed. 1983, Recreation, Park and Open Space Standards and Guidelines, Alexandria, Virginia: National Recreation and Park Association.

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Existing Public Open Space Humboldt Township currently provides 38.7 acres of mini-parks, 10 acres of community parks, and 11.5 acres of special use areas. Comparing the existing acreage with those of the NRPA standards, it could be recommended that Humboldt Township develop more neighborhood parks. However, the definitions of parks in the national standards are not entirely applicable in very rural areas. For example, the NRPA standards state that a park that serves a population within 1 hour drive time be 200+ acres, and that a community park be 30 to 50 acres in size. In a rural area such as Humboldt Township, a small acreage site services a population within a 30+ minute drive time, and the whole community uses a park only several acres in size. Given the amount of existing parks within the Township, and the area and population it serves, the current and available acreage should be sufficient. Development and improvements of those sites should be a priority, rather than obtaining more acreage to create certain kinds of parks.

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Resource Inventory

A resource inventory helps identify lands that are optimal for recreational development. By determining where resources are (such as wetlands, floodplains, protected areas, etc.), the Township can better determine where to focus development of recreational facilities and trails. This section will refer to various GIS maps showing resources in Humboldt Township.

Soils The Township contains over 100 various soils types. Because of the high number of soils, a general soil map follows, showing nine general soil associations. This map was taken from the 2012 Humboldt Township Master Plan and was developed by the Marquette County Resource Management and Development Department. The following was also taken from the Township Master Plan: Parent materials in Humboldt Township are the result of glacial deposition or outwash from meltwater. Glaciers moving over bedrock material, whose massive pressure and slow movement turn the solid rock into extremely fine-ground material. The different types of soil created from the contractions of these glacial sheets were deposited throughout the area and scattered patterns of soil types are displayed throughout Humboldt Township. Soils are grouped into associations based on common characteristics such as drainage, slope, and texture. The soils in these associations respond similarly to the various uses to which they may be subjected. Development should be planned in such a way as to take into account the suitability of the soils in the project area. Residential subdivisions should avoid areas of shallow and/or poorly drained soils or areas where the water table is close to the surface, since such soils are unsuitable for septic drain fields and problematic for roads. Limitations can sometimes be overcome by careful applications of technology. Technological tampering with natural features should be done carefully and immediate and long-range consequences need to be considered and steps taken to minimize negative results. Soil Types found within Humboldt Township are identified in Map 8-3. A Soil Association is made up of one or more soil types, having similar characteristics. By relating the characteristics of each type with its proportion of the association, an interpretation is made of the soil suitability for various uses.

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Land Cover/Land Use The Township is almost split in half between forest and wetlands â&#x20AC;&#x201C; forest accounts for 27,781 acres (45%) and wetlands account for 27,865 acres (also 45%). Development within the Township is located primarily along highway corridors. The following map shows the general land use/land cover according to the 2011 National Land Cover Dataset. The other remaining percentage of Township land cover consists of developed land, agricultural land, and water.

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Land Ownership Ownership within Humboldt Township is roughly 19% commercial forest (17,345 acres) and 35% MDNR land (31,555 acres). Commercial forest is primarily in the northern portion of the Township and State-owned land in the southern portion. Having this amount of public land is an asset to the Township â&#x20AC;&#x201C; State land is available for a multitude of uses, and commercial forest land is open to public foot-traffic for hunting and fishing. Both of these can offer recreational opportunities and programs for residents and visitors.

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Elevation The elevation of Humboldt Township is quite varied, as seen on the following map. Elevation above sea level ranges from 415 feet to 550 feet. The southern portion of the Township is relatively flat, while the northern portion contains several hills and steep slopes, which may provide for some opportunity for outdoor recreation such as hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and sight-seeing. Mining activities in the area have also created some interesting terrain within the Township.

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Water Resources One of the most valuable resources in the County is the abundance of fresh water. Numerous creeks and rivers flow through the Township, including the Black and West Branch Rivers. Numerous lakes exist within the Township, such as Fish Lake, Lake Lory, Birch Lake, and Helen Lake. The Township also contains several tailing ponds from mining activities.

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Endangered and Rare Species The Michigan Natural Features Inventory provides a listing of rare and endangered species by County. Marquette County has 70 different plant and animal species listed under the MNFI. Because of the sensitivity of specific locations of these species, the MNFI has created the Biological Rarity Index, which provides a ranking (high, moderate, low) of finding a rare or endangered species in a certain location, by Public Land Survey System Quarter-Quarters (40s). The Rarity Index map shows the locations of these areas and their risk probability. When planning recreation (parks, trails, etc.) the Township should take note of areas where these species may occur, and take the appropriate actions to determine what, if any, species are in the area of interest.

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Planning and Public Input

Sound planning and community input are important to effective development of recreational facilities and services within Humboldt Township. This plan is a result of the efforts of the Township Planning Commission, with assistance from the Central U.P. Planning & Development Commission. In developing the plan and priority projects, two forms of public input were sought: a public survey, available via hardcopy and online; a public hearing was held on XXX, 2015. A copy of the survey along with a survey summary is provided in Appendix B, as well as notices from public meetings. The plan was available for public comment beginning [date] and was available online and at the Township Hall. The Humboldt Township Board adopted the plan at its [date] meeting after holding a public hearing on that same date. Notices about the plan review and public hearings were placed in the [paper name] and posted at the Township Hall.

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Goals and Objectives

The intent of this section of the Recreation Plan is to develop a set of attainable goals for recreation in Humboldt Township, and determine the appropriate objectives to reach those goals.

GOAL 1: PROVIDE PARKS THAT ARE WELL MAINTAINED AND ARE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL RESIDENTS OBJECTIVES: 

Evaluate and improve universal accessibility at all facilities. Incorporate Universal Design in new facilities and when upgrading existing facilities.  Facilities should be designed to complement and preserve the surrounding natural features.  Incorporate, where possible, local history in site design and improvements.  Maintain and update park equipment as needed. BASIS FOR OBJECTIVES: Residents look to the Township to provide a park system that provides well maintained equipment. There is a growing concern with preservation of local history in the County evidenced by the establishment of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail as well as growing local historical societies in the surrounding communities. The number one concern is ensuring existing sites are made more accessible to those with disabilities. Survey respondents noted that the quality of facilities is a concern and should be addressed.

GOAL 2: PROVIDE

RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES THAT MEET THE NEEDS AND INTERESTS OF THE ENTIRE

COMMUNITY

OBJECTIVES:  

Participate in the development of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. Work in conjunction with Republic Township to develop the Republic Mines Wetlands Preserve to provide further non-motorized activities in the area.  Construct a pavilion at the Township Park  Improve access to lakes and rivers, for both fishing, boating, and swimming.  Work with local and regional trail groups to improve trail access, both motorized and non-motorized. BASIS FOR OBJECTIVES: The survey results show that there is a need for a pavilion at the Township Park, and that residents often visit neighboring Townships for swimming and water activities. Humboldt Township should consider these items with future recreational development.

GOAL 3:

USE EXISTING COMMUNITY RESOURCES EFFICIENTLY AND TO DEMONSTRATE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

OBJECTIVES:     

Incorporate recreation and recreation planning as part of the Township’s Master Plan and Zoning processes. Whenever possible, facilities should be multiple use and/or accommodate year round use. Recruit civic and business organizations for assistance with park improvement projects. Maintain open dialogue with adjacent communities regarding recreation opportunities available. Whenever possible, facilities should be located to provide maximum energy savings in both facility operations, maintenance, and transportation of users.  Review the Recreation Plan annually to establish priorities. BASIS FOR OBJECTIVES: A struggling state and local economy has resulted in loss of employment and a decrease in funding. Recreation services, along with all government services, must evaluate and provide cost effective opportunities for residents.

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Recreation Action Program

Every plan should, ideally, result in action. Clearly, this cannot always be the case. Every effort should be made, however, to attain this general result. To this end, the Township officials have formulated the following capital improvements program or development schedule for implementing its recreation plan. It is the Townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s understanding that this Development Schedule should be followed as nearly as possible, except when extraordinary circumstances develop.

Five Year Capital Improvement Plan Year

Project

Projected Cost

Funding

2016

Construction of Pavilion at Township Park/Pond; Playground Equipment

$95,000

Grants, Township Funds, Donations, In-Kind

2017

Fish Lake Access/Boat Launch Improvements; Signage

$30,000

Grants, Township Funds, Donations, In-Kind

2018

Improvements to Township Baseball Field

$15,000

Grants, Township Funds, Donations, In-Kind

2019

Improvements to Township Basketball Courts on CR 478

$3,000

Grants, Township Funds, Donations, In-Kind

2020

Re-use Plan Development for Tower Lake Property

$10,000

Grants, Township Funds, Donations, In-Kind

Other Possible Recreation Projects Some projects and programs are not specifically listed above, but Humboldt Township realizes the importance of these items and identifies that as needs and priorities change, these projects may be added to the improvement plan. Iron Ore Heritage Trail Development Basketball or Baseball leagues Development and improvements to motorized and non-motorized trail systems

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APPENDIX A COMMUNITY RECREATION SURVEY

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Humboldt Township Recreation Survey The purpose of this survey is to gather information on the use and desires for recreational opportunities in Humboldt Township. The Township will be using these survey results to update the Township Recreation Plan. The Recreation Plan is used by the Township to determine priority recreational projects and is also used by the DNR for grant funding. It is important that you answer as many questions as possible.

1. Please fill out the following information about yourself A. Check All that Apply: □ Male

□ Female

□ Seasonal Resident

□ Property Owner

□ Renter

□ Year-round resident

B. Your Age Group □ Less than 25 □ 46 to 55

□ 25 to 35 □ 55 to 65

□ 36 to 45 □ 66 years and older

C. Please indicate how many children, if any, from each age group live in your home. If none, leave blank. ____ 0 to 1 year old ____ 2 to 4 years old ____ 5 to 7 years old ____ 8 to 10 years old ____ 11 to 14 years old ____ 15 to 18 years old D. How long have you lived or owned property in Humboldt Township? □ Less than one year □ 1 to 5 years □ 6 to 10 years □ 11 to 20 years

□ 21 years or more

2. Below are a few suggested recreation improvement opportunities. Please rank in order of importance (1-8) which of the following you would like to see completed. Please note that some of these opportunities may be undertaken by any number of entities: Township, State, County, private, etc. ____ New playground equipment at the Township Park/Pond Area (across from the Township Hall) ____ New playground equipment at a different location, either between the Twp. Hall/Cemetery or elsewhere ____ Improvements to the baseball field ____ Improvements to the basketball court ____ Develop boat/fishing access at Tower Lake ____ Improve Fish Lake access site ____ Hiking/Biking/Skiing trails ____ Improved access to ORV/Snowmobile trails

3. What other recreational projects or partnerships do you feel the Township should consider undertaking?

4. A. Please indicate how many times a year you or your immediate family use the following facilities. Also indicate the time of year you and your family most frequently use this facility. Facility

0

1-5

5-10

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16-20

21+

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Baseball Field Township Park/Pond Area Basketball Court Fish Lake Access Township Hall/Community Center

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B. If you use a facility less than 5 times a year, please tell us why that is. Is that facility not adequate, or maybe you would use the facility more but don’t have the time?

C. If you use other area recreational facilities – either in a neighboring Township or a State-owned facility – please list which facilities and why you choose to use them.

5. Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. Use an X or . Strongly Agree

Agree

Neutral

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

Humboldt Township has adequate facilities to accommodate local recreation needs. Humboldt Township does an adequate job maintaining existing facilities. The community utilizes the current recreational facilities on a regular basis. There are ample opportunities for recreation during winter months. There are ample opportunities for recreation during summer months.

6. Would you be willing to volunteer your time or talents to helping with recreation improvement, i.e. cleaning, construction, installing equipment, etc., or being part of a Township Recreation Committee? If so, please provide contact information.

Thank you for participating in our survey! You can return this survey to the Township Hall in person or by mail, mail to th CUPPAD, or complete online at the following link. The deadline for returning surveys is September 18 . Online Link (can also be completed on your smartphone/tablet): http://bit.ly/humboldtrec

Humboldt Township Recreation Survey Humboldt Township PO BOX 10, 244 County Rd. FAF Champion, MI 49814

Humboldt Township Recreation Survey C/O CUPPAD 2950 College Ave. Escanaba, MI 49829


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APPENDIX B SURVEY RESULTS

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Q1 Are you: Answered: 27

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Female

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Male

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Q2 Please select which bests describes your residency. Answered: 22

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Property Owner - Year-round Resident

Answer Choices

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Renter Year-round

Responses

Property Owner - Seasonal Resident

9.09%

2

Property Owner - Year-round Resident

81.82%

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Renter - Year-round

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Q3 Are you: Answered: 28

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36 to 45

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66 years or older

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7

36 to 45

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3

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Q4 Please indicate how many children, if any, from each age group live in your home. If none, leave blank. Answered: 11

Skipped: 18

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8 to 10 years old

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Q5 Recreation Improvement Ranking Answered: 27

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New Playgrou nd Equip...

1 New Playground Equipment @ Township Park/Pond New Playground Equipment @ different location

Baseball Field Improvements

BB Court Improvements

Tower Lake boat/fishing access

Improve Fish Lake access site

Hiking/Biking/Ski Trails

Improve access to ORV/Snowmobile Trails

Baseball Field Improvem ents

2

BB Court Improvem ents

3

Tower Lake boat/fis hing...

4

Improve Fish Lake acces...

5

Hiking/B iking/Sk i Trails

6

Improve access to ORV/S...

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18.18%

4.55%

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0.00%

0.00%

9.09%

9.09%

13

4

1

0

0

0

2

2

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9.52%

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0.00%

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14.29%

9.52%

5

7

2

1

0

1

3

2

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4.55%

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13.64%

27.27%

4.55%

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1

3

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6

3

6

1

1

0.00%

5.00%

10.00%

20.00%

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15.00%

15.00%

5.00%

0

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2

4

6

3

3

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9.09%

9.09%

0.00%

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9.09%

27.27%

18.18%

2

2

0

1

5

2

6

4

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29.17%

29.17%

12.50%

4.17%

12.50%

8.33%

0.00%

1

7

7

3

1

3

2

0

8.00%

4.00%

32.00%

4.00%

12.00%

12.00%

8.00%

20.00%

2

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8

1

3

3

2

5

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4.76%

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9.52%

4.76%

23.81%

1

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Score

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21

5.57

22

4.45

20

3.95

22

3.50

24

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25

4.24

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Q6 What other recreational projects or partnerships do you feel the Township should consider undertaking? Answered: 12

Skipped: 17

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Date

1

More access to lakes and rivers for fishing and boating. maybe more swim areas also/beaches.

10/7/2015 8:49 AM

2

tennis courts. your parks are not good. need new equipment and different material under kids equipment. parks need

10/7/2015 8:48 AM

kids. 3

Tennis courts. new equipment (playgrounds) should be the priority - pavilion

10/7/2015 8:40 AM

4

Build a pavilion at the pond. Fence in the playground at the pond.

10/7/2015 8:38 AM

5

larger paved parking lot, pavilion. expansion of the hall for more seating at gatherings

9/21/2015 10:48 AM

6

pavilion at pond

9/21/2015 10:47 AM

7

build a pavillion

9/21/2015 10:45 AM

8

tennis courts

9/21/2015 10:36 AM

9

Improve access to the local business from the present trail system which I believe would require the cooperation of the

9/21/2015 10:25 AM

DNR. 10

A pavilion by the pond would be a great addition

9/21/2015 10:18 AM

11

Establish a equine friendly campground near the trail systems, try to increase some tourism, Perhaps spend some

9/21/2015 10:12 AM

money on cleaning up existing recreational areas such as maintaining the current Horse shoe pit area. Plan weekend event (pig roast, fishing tournament, etc. to help bring the community together) 12

Possibly a small pavilion near the pond area would be a nice and welcome addition

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Q7 Please mark how many times a year you or your immediate family use the following facilities. Answered: 27

Skipped: 2

100%

80%

60%

40%

20%

0% Baseball Field

0

Township Park/Pond Area

1-5

5-10

0 Baseball Field

Township Park/Pond Area

Basketball Court

Fish Lake Access

Township Hall/Community Center

Basketball Court

11-16

1-5

Fish Lake Access

16-20

5-10

Township Hall/Communit y Center

21+

11-16

16-20

21+

Total

Weighted Average

47.83%

39.13%

8.70%

0.00%

4.35%

0.00%

11

9

2

0

1

0

23

0.74

4.00% 1

44.00% 11

12.00% 3

12.00% 3

8.00% 2

20.00% 5

25

2.36

50.00%

27.27%

18.18%

0.00%

4.55%

0.00%

11

6

4

0

1

0

22

0.82

32.00%

44.00%

4.00%

12.00%

4.00%

4.00%

8

11

1

3

1

1

25

1.24

11.54%

57.69%

11.54%

7.69%

3.85%

7.69%

3

15

3

2

1

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Q8 Please indicate the time of year you and your family most frequent the facilities in the previous question. Answered: 20

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100%

80%

60%

40%

20%

0% Baseball Field

Summer

Township Park/Pond Area Winter

Fall

Summer Baseball Field

Township Park/Pond Area

Basketball Court

Fish Lake Access

Township Hall/Community Center

Basketball Court

Fish Lake Access

Township Hall/Communit y Center

Spring

Winter

Fall

Spring

Total

100.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

11

0

0

0

100.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

19

0

0

0

100.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

10

0

0

0

90.91%

9.09%

0.00%

0.00%

10

1

0

0

50.00%

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28.57%

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19

0.00

10

0.00

11

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Q9 If you use a facility less than 5 times a year, please tell us why that is. Is that facility not adequate, or maybe you would use the facility more but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the time? Answered: 17

Skipped: 12

#

Responses

Date

1

no time

10/7/2015 8:49 AM

2

Been busy with family

10/7/2015 8:48 AM

3

not big basketball players

10/7/2015 8:40 AM

4

Don't have time

10/7/2015 8:38 AM

5

not enough time

9/21/2015 10:49 AM

6

baseball field - no pavillion, b.b. court - no interest in b.b.

9/21/2015 10:45 AM

7

if i had the time (which i might now as i just retired) i would

9/21/2015 10:43 AM

8

age - 72 years old

9/21/2015 10:42 AM

9

just use (twp hall) for coming to vote, special events, but not needed to use any other time.

9/21/2015 10:41 AM

10

under developed

9/21/2015 10:36 AM

11

Time

9/21/2015 10:34 AM

12

Baseball field no use for it. Fish Lake Access do not know where it is no signs showing where it is.

9/21/2015 10:27 AM

13

We find the playground equipment not adequate to hold our daughters interest for more than 15 minutes. We also find

9/21/2015 10:25 AM

that very few children use the facilities therefore there are no children for her to play with while at the park. 14

not much for the children to do had a birthday party there once but kids have nothing to do at the hall in the winter

9/21/2015 10:22 AM

15

I don't use the baseball field as much but will once my grandson gets older.

9/21/2015 10:18 AM

16

I do not have a lot of time and there isn't a pickup game at the basketball court or a community league that I know of. Plus the mean population for the area is older than most of the proposed improvements.

9/21/2015 10:12 AM

17

Currently I do not use the baseball field but as my son gets older we will.

9/21/2015 10:06 AM

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Q10 If you use other area recreational facilities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; either in a neighboring Township, or a State-owned facility â&#x20AC;&#x201C; please list which facilities and why you choose to use them. Answered: 11

Skipped: 18

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Responses

Date

1

Campion Beach (Van Riper) for swimming with grandchildren.

10/7/2015 8:48 AM

2

Tilden Townships has a wonderful playground and is worth the trip. Republic - beach.

10/7/2015 8:40 AM

3

Van Riper - great swimming/playground. Michigamme Park - fabulous play area

10/7/2015 8:38 AM

4

Ish. Twp playground has play equipment for little kids, champion f. hall - wedding receptions & also allows alcohol &

9/21/2015 10:45 AM

building is bigger for parties 5

van riper park for swimming

9/21/2015 10:39 AM

6

biking, tennis courts

9/21/2015 10:36 AM

7

West Ishpeming playground. The bike trail from Champion to Van Riper State Park and Ishpeming to Negaunee bike

9/21/2015 10:27 AM

trail 8

We often end up in West Ishpeming as there are more children utilizing the facilities there.

9/21/2015 10:25 AM

9

we use the national mine park its got a great play ground for the kids

9/21/2015 10:22 AM

10

We utilize Van Riper but mostly due to the swimming area and the parks in Ishpeming/Negaunee/Marquette because

9/21/2015 10:18 AM

they have more things to play on. 11

Have used other playgrounds (Ishpeming/Negaunee/Marquette) only because they offer so many more play options for my son. Also, Van Riper but mostly only for the swimming.

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9/21/2015 10:06 AM


Humboldt Township 2015 Recreation Survey

SurveyMonkey

Q11 Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. Answered: 28

Skipped: 1

100%

80%

60%

40%

20%

0% Twp has adequate facilities

Strongly Agree

Twp does an adequate job maintaining existing... Agree

Neutral

Strongly Agree Twp has adequate facilities

Twp does an adequate job maintaining existing facilities Current facilities are utilized regularly

Ample recreation in winter

Ample recreation in summer

Current facilities are utilized regularly

Ample recreation in winter

Disagree

Ample recreation in summer

Strongly Disagree

Agree

Neutral

Disagree

3.85%

30.77%

19.23%

34.62%

11.54%

1

8

5

9

3

33.33%

40.74%

14.81%

3.70%

7.41%

9

11

4

1

2

7.41%

33.33%

33.33%

18.52%

7.41%

2

9

9

5

2

3.70%

14.81%

40.74%

25.93%

14.81%

1

4

11

7

4

15.38%

38.46%

38.46%

3.85%

3.85%

4

10

10

1

1

11 / 12

Strongly Disagree

Total

Weighted Average

26

2.19

27

1.11

27

1.85

27

2.33

26

1.42


Humboldt Township 2015 Recreation Survey

SurveyMonkey

Q12 Would you be willing to volunteer your time or talents to helping with recreation improvement, i.e. cleaning, construction, installing equipment, etc., or being part of a Township Recreation Committee? If so, please provide contact information. Answered: 6

Skipped: 23

#

Responses

Date

1

If you post it I will come if available

10/7/2015 8:40 AM

2

Dave Wiljanen 339-2131

9/21/2015 10:47 AM

3

yes. 906-371-0233

9/21/2015 10:45 AM

4

next year

9/21/2015 10:43 AM

5

Don Weaver 906-339-0013

9/21/2015 10:27 AM

6

Doreen Weaver 14165 US Highway 41 West Champion, MI 49814 269-579-4444

9/21/2015 10:25 AM

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Humboldt Township Five-Year Recreation Plan 2016 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2020

Final-Draft 7-Jan-16

APPENDIX C PUBLIC NOTICES AND DOCUMENTATION

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Profile for Humboldt Township

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2016 humboldt township Recreation Plan  

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