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Parks and recreation department asks Parks and recreation department asks Sunnyside residents to take part in local survey before April 22

Would you like to tell Sunnyside's Parks and Recreation Department how to do its job? If so, you must be willing to take a few minutes to tell parks officials your suggestions on how to improve existing programs and facilities.

Local residents will get a chance to voice their suggestions during the next couple of weeks, as a brief two-page questionnaire will be available in both English and Spanish.

Surveys will be distributed at various community events and group meetings and will be handed out in some school classrooms. Parks officials are looking for as many respondents as possible, so they encourage people to stop by the local parks and rec office to get enough copies to distribute at meetings and gatherings.

The complete survey is also being published in the Daily Sun News today on page 4. It can be clipped out, completed and returned to the parks and rec office by mail or in person. All surveys need to be returned no later than Thursday, April 22.

Results of the survey will be used to update the comprehensive parks and recreation plan, which is an eligibility requirement for competition for state and federal funds which are available through the Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation. The survey has been developed by the seven-member Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Commission and city staff.

The last survey of this kind was completed in 1992, and many of the recommendations that came out of that survey have now been completed, including the development of more baseball fields and the building of the community center.

Questions on the survey include how many times a year you visit city parks and facilities, which parks and rec programs you and your family participate in, and what facilities and programs you would like to see expanded.

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