Sandy Springs Diversity Panel to Form Leisure Focus Groups

Focus groups will meet later this month to provide feedback on recreational opportunities for the Sandy Springs Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.

The task force’s recreation subcommittee is partnering with Sandy Springs Together to organize the focus groups that will meet in late March, said task force member Clarissa Sparks.

“We are now in the process of finalizing the actual questions, that and the overall focus of the focus groups,” said Sparks, chair of the recreation subcommittee.

A city recreation survey conducted with the non-profit organization garnered 715 responses. Of those who responded, 85% say they use the parks.

“The vast majority of people, 95%, said they felt welcome at Sandy Springs parks,” said task force chairman Jim Bostic.

More than half of them said they had not attended any of the free events organized in the parks last year.

The survey had more older respondents and no one under the age of 18. The task force will be assisted by Director of Recreation and Parks Mike Perry to reach out to young residents. Bostic said they also hope to get young parents and students to participate in the focus groups.

Residents aged 55 and over represented 52% of survey respondents. People between the ages of 18 and 35 accounted for 17% of respondents.

The next working group meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. on April 12.

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