The Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department and the Oconomowoc Public Library conducted a community needs assessment in the fall of 2017 regarding residents' opinions on priorities within each departments operations and services.
In November 2017, the Survey Research Center (SRC) at University of Wisconsin-River Falls mailed a survey to a sample of 1,118 residents in the City of Oconomowoc asking questions about the City Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department and about the Oconomowoc Public Library.
In addition, the SRC mailed a survey containing only library questions to a sample of 1,098 households in neighboring communities in the library’s service area: Town of Ashippun, Town of Ixonia, Town of Oconomowoc, and Village of Summit (referred to as “neighboring communities” in the report).
The SRC received 401 responses from households in the City of Oconomowoc (covering both parks/recreation/forestry and library) Part 1 of the report includes the responses about parks/recreation/forestry issues and library issues from households in the City of Oconomowoc (401 responses). Part 2 of the report analyzes the responses about the library from the City of Oconomowoc and the neighboring communities (650 responses).
In addition, in October 2017, UW Extension conducted four focus groups that engaged youth, 20 to 39 year olds, community businesses, and seniors. Thirty-seven people participated in the focus groups.