U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Conduct Visitor Surveys At Recreation Areas This Summer
WASHINGTON, June 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today that it will conduct visitor surveys this summer at more than 30 of its lake sites nationwide. Beginning June 5 through September 10, 2012, visitors exiting USACE-managed recreation facilities will be asked about their length of stay and overall experience. Participation in the survey is voluntary.
“This survey will give us vital baseline information, which we will use for budgeting and planning purposes,” said Mary Coulombe, Chief of USACE Natural Resources Management Office. “We want to learn more about our visitors’ recreation habits to better plan for new trends in the ways our guests spend their leisure time at our parks. The findings will also help us ensure that the recreation facilities at our lakes are operating efficiently to maximize visitor outdoor opportunities and enjoyment.”
Interns from the Student Conservation Association will conduct the interviews with visitors. The survey has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget.
USACE routinely conducts visitor interviews at its lake and river projects in an effort to gauge visitors’ experiences and concerns.
USACE is the nation’s largest federal provider of outdoor recreation, managing more than 400 lake and river projects in 43 states and hosting more than 370 million visits per year. With 90 percent of these recreation areas within 50 miles of metropolitan areas they provide a diverse range of outdoor activities close to home and to people of all ages.
For more information on the survey and USACE recreation sites and opportunities, visit www.corpslakes.us/VisitorSurvey.
SOURCE U.S. Army Corps of Engineers