Engage Owasso 2018 - Owasso Public Opinion Survey
In October 2018, the City released its first public opinion survey in nearly 8 years called Engage Owasso. The purpose of the survey was to measure current public opinion on topics ranging from streets, stormwater issues, police and fire services, parks and recreation elements. The survey was assembled using questions from the 2011 Quality of Life Survey (QOL) survey and from surveys conducted by other communities. The overall goal of the survey was to identify key issues that citizens feel are most important rather than City staff or elected officials making assumptions.
The survey questions were designed to reveal critical issues that may need to be addressed in the short and long term, where the City is performing adequately, why people choose to live in Owasso, and what elements are missing in the community. The information gained from the survey may serve to assist the City Council in making capital investment decisions and establishing policy that reflects the community’s desires and needs. The survey which concluded on December 31, 2018, generated 1,324 responses and was promoted using various social media outlets, the City web page, Chamber of Commerce, and articles placed in the Owasso Reporter.
Like the 2011 QOL survey, the results from the 2018 Engage Owasso survey revealed that Quality of Life means different things to different people. For some, quality of life is represented by parks, trails, and other such amenities; for others it means quality streets, water, and the delivery of city services; and for yet others it incorporates public safety.
Since the original QOL survey was conducted, several items identified as being important to citizens have been addressed. Some of the projects that were completed since the 2011 survey was conducted are:
• Intersection improvements at East 76th Street North and Main Street
• East 86th Street North widening from Main Street to Memorial Road
• Intersection improvements at East 106th Street North and Garnett Road
• Signalization and intersection improvement at North 19th Street and Garnett Road (where Academy Sports is located)
• Lighting of several baseball and softball fields in the Sports Park
• Skate Park lighting and facility upgrade
• Festival Park
• Dog Park
• New playground facility in Rayola Park
• Adoption of Complete Streets policy for new street projects, which will allow for safe travel for cars, bicycles, and pedestrians