The Citizen - Page 20

P a g e | 20 Culture & Recreation While the majority of the 2015 survey respondents report high levels of satisfaction with local recreational and cultural events in Sangamon County, they are slightly less satisfied than the 2013 survey respondents. Sixty-one percent of 2015 survey respondents report being “very” or “somewhat satisfied” compared to 68 percent of 2013 respondents. Only 15 percent of 2015 respondents report being “dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied” with local recreational and cultural events. How satisfied are you with your current access to local cultural and recreational events? 9% 6% 18% Very satisfied Satisfied Neutral 24% Dissatisfied 42% Very dissatisfied Satisfaction with events varies across demographic groups. For instance, while 64 percent of white respondents report being “very” or “somewhat satisfied” with access to local events, only 43 percent of nonwhite respondents report the same level of satisfaction. Additionally, individuals not born in Sangamon County (57 percent “very” or “somewhat satisfied”) are slightly more positive about access to events than those who were born in the county (54 percent “very” or “somewhat satisfied.”) KEY FINDINGS:  Respondents born in Sangamon County are less positive about access to local cultural and recreational events than those who were not born in the county.  Nonwhite respondents report lower levels of satisfaction with access to cultural and recreational events than white respondents.  Parks are rated highly by all demographic groups.  An increasing number of Sangamon County residents report not having access to a local library; seven percent of 2013 survey respondents reported not having access compared to 11 percent of 2015 survey respondents. While there are considerable differences across demographic groups in terms of evaluating access to local cultural and recreational events, all respondents are extremely positive about their local parks. Nearly three-fourths of respondents rate their local park as either “excellent” or “good,” including 73 percent of nonwhite respondents and 76 percent of white respondents. Interestingly, Springfield residents and those living outside of the city rate their parks equally positively, with 73 and 75 percent rating their local park as “excellent” or “good,” respectively. These results are consistent with the 2013 survey in which respondents also reported positive attitudes towards their local parks. Evaluations of local libraries are slightly less positive in the 2015 survey than the 2013 survey results, with an increasing number of individuals reporting they do not have access to a local library. In 2013, seven percent of all Sangamon County residents reported they did not have access to a local library; of those who had access, 65 percent rated it positively. In 2015, 60 percent rate their local library positively and 11 percent report that they do not have a local library.