January 9, 2009

Survey: Bailey’s looks a top priority
Destination Bailey survey helps in deciding what to tackle first

By Ani-Rae Lovell
Intern

Preliminary results of a survey by Destination Bailey identified areas where community members desire change.

Improving the appearance of Bailey and fostering business in the area are of great importance to area residents, according to the survey from Destination Bailey, which is a Platte Canyon Chamber’ sponsored group dedicated to making Bailey a planned stop for visitors, which should also encourage prosperity and improve conditions for local residents.

Results come from an online survey in which 77 residents rated different amenities and changes on a scale of one to five. If the change or amenity was very important to them, they gave it a rating of five. Conversely, if the change or community addition was seemingly unnecessary, it was rated one.

"The appearance of Bailey is high on the priority list, and so is interest in retaining current business and bringing in new businesses," said survey leader and Destination Bailey member Zdenko Novkovic. "Really, people are interested in making Bailey a destination, like our name says."

Specific results within the survey bolster that view. Flower planters in town, better roads, sidewalks in downtown, old fashioned street lamps along Main Street, and landscaping were all ranked highly by survey takers, indicating the importance of improving Bailey’s image.

In fact, 24 individuals voted that putting sidewalks in Bailey would be very important to them, giving it a rating of five. Similarly, installing old fashioned street lamps along Main Street got a rating of four by 27 survey takers.

The survey was created and implemented by Destination Bailey.

That group "is a committee of Platte Canyon Chamber of Commerce that focuses on ways to make Bailey a destination for people looking for recreational activities or a place to stop on 285," said Susan Lambert, Destination Bailey co-chair.

So far, Destination Bailey and its recent survey have received positive feedback and participation.
 


DESTINATION BAILEY IDEAS

The above ideas were among those in a PowerPoint presentation made by Susan Lambert to the Platte Canyon chamber in November. (PowerPoint presentation courtesy of Susan Lambert)

"The response has been really good," said Lambert. "We have great plans, and the community has lots of good ideas and lots of support."

While the survey had a fair response from 77 individuals, the Destination Bailey group wants to hear from more local residents. A link to the survey is online and available to community members to take at www.destinationbailey.com. The link titled "Survey" can be clicked to take the survey.

Final results from the survey will be used to implement change in the area. Improvements and additions ranked highest will be the projects undertaken first by Destination Bailey. Consequently, lower-ranked amenities will be provided as the project continues.

"The survey is going to be a guideline to see what the first priority is. Then the second, and so on and so forth," said Novkovic.

The community priorities will be accomplished through funding from local grants. Destination Bailey is working with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to learn about federal and state funding options.

Grants will be the 5first step in bringing improvements and amenities to Bailey. In the long run, Destination Bailey is looking toward making Bailey a special improvement district or incorporating the town. Both options would be voted upon by the people and are ways of bringing funding to the town for desired improvements.

With an idea of what residents desire in Bailey and with an effort to procure funds, Destination Bailey has set up both short-term and long-term goals. Within the next year, the group hopes to improve the appearance of Main Street. Following 2009, the organization hopes to work with the Colorado Department of Transportation to make Bailey more pedestrian friendly and to create a river walk along the South Platte River.

 

General Trends
(objective assessment)

Lowest Priority Ranking
(decending order)

1

2

3

Σ

 

Highest Priority Ranking
(decending order)

3

4

5

Σ

Tennis

21

19

23

63

 

Improve local roads

20

25

25

70

Dry cleaner

14

17

27

58

 

New businesses

13

19

38

70

Flower shop

13

17

27

57

 

River walk

10

25

35

70

Gun store

23

16

13

52

 

More variety of local activiities

12

25

30

67

Antique store

15

8

27

50

 

Infrastructure

18

27

20

65

RV Park

16

13

21

50

 

Access to high speed Internet

9

16

40

65

Tourism Offce

8

14

25

47

 

Bike paths

12

19

33

64

Sporting goods store

11

8

27

46

 

Public Restrooms

22

20

21

63

Book store

8

13

25

46

 

Playground

20

24

19

63

Health food store

9

15

22

46

 

Old fashion street lamps along Main Street.

19

27

17

63

Swimming

7

12

26

45

 

Pharmacy/Grocery store

17

20

26

63

Snow boarding

15

13

16

44

 

Amenities to expand tourism

16

21

25

63

Wine and cheese shop

14

10

19

43

 

MCPN Clinic - Attract a provider

31

9

22

62

Historic Tours

4

15

23

42

 

Recreation Center

18

13

31

62

MCPN Clinic - Attract a provider

3

6

31

40

 

Walking path from high school to Bailey

13

22

27

62

Visitor Kiosk at Dellwood Square

6

11

23

40

 

Craft and art gallery for visitors

18

23

20

61

Bailey Business Information Kiosk

6

11

23

40

 

Landscaping in downtown Bailey

11

26

24

61

Microbrewery

14

5

21

40

 

Improve access to McGraw Park

22

19

19

60

Visitor Kiosk at Coney Island

7

11

21

39

 

Horseback riding

19

24

15

58

Bank

6

13

20

39

 

Flower Planter boxes throughout town

19

23

16

58

Movie Theater

14

11

13

38

 

Sidewalks along main street

14

20

24

58

Snow shoeing

6

10

21

37

 

Visitor Kiosk at Dellwood Square

23

18

16

57

Improve access to McGraw Park

6

8

22

36

 

Snow shoeing

21

25

11

57

Horseback riding

8

8

19

35

 

Snow tubing

17

21

19

57

Flower Planter boxes throughout town

4

11

19

34

 

Bailey Business Information Kiosk

23

21

12

56

Snow tubing

7

9

17

33

 

Visitor Kiosk at Coney Island

21

19

16

56

Public Restrooms

4

6

22

32

 

Swimming

26

18

11

55

Craft and art gallery for visitors

9

5

18

32

 

Microbrewery

21

14

20

55

Playground

2

9

20

31

 

Bank

20

19

16

55

Old fashion street lamps along Main Street.

6

5

19

30

 

Sporting goods store

27

16

11

54

Recreation Center

7

5

18

30

 

Book store

25

17

11

53

Sidewalks along main street

8

8

14

30

 

Historic Tours

23

17

13

53

Pharmacy/Grocery store

9

2

17

28

 

Tourism Offce

25

16

11

52

Amenities to expand tourism

3

8

16

27

 

Antique store

27

14

10

51

Improve local roads

2

2

20

24

 

Health food store

22

14

14

50

Landscaping in downtown Bailey

3

10

11

24

 

Wine and cheese shop

19

12

18

49

Walking path from high school to Bailey

6

4

13

23

 

Movie Theater

13

19

17

49

Infrastructure

1

3

18

22

 

RV Park

21

17

7

45

More variety of local activiities

3

3

12

18

 

Snow boarding

16

19

10

45

Access to high speed Internet

1

8

9

18

 

Flower shop

27

12

5

44

Bike paths

4

2

12

18

 

Dry cleaner

27

10

6

42

New businesses

2

2

13

17

 

Gun store

13

14

8

35

River walk

3

1

10

14

 

Tennis

23

6

4

33

DESTINATION BAILEY SURVEY RESULTS

These Destination Bailey survey results show respondents’ priorities. For the lowest-priority rankings on the left, the highest number (tennis, 63) indicates the lowest priority. For the highest-priority rankings the highest number indicates the highest priority. (Table courtesy of Destination Bailey.)

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