The results are in from a recent town survey about the future of the Osage Station Park children's play area, with many respondents lauding the current theme but wanting a different water feature and other new amenities.
The online survey, which remained active for nearly a month before closing Tuesday, gave residents the opportunity to voice their opinions on the upcoming playground renovation, currently in the design phase.
Town officials released the results Wednesday during a presentation to the Parks and Leisure Services Commission.
"The commission discussed the information in the PowerPoint, offered their thoughts on it and asked staff to go back to the designers and incorporate the new data. There is no set date for them to return with conceptual designs," said Geoff Gillette, town public information coordinator.
No citizens spoke at the commission meeting, but 210 people provided input by answering the town's questions online.
A majority of respondents (53 percent) wanted to see the play area stick to its current old-town/railroad theme. Other concepts up for consideration included natural world (which saw 17-percent support), castle/forest (14 percent) and modern (8 percent).
When asked to specify some of their favorite aspects already at the playground, many survey participants pointed to the climbing structures (82 percent), the old-time role-play area (61 percent), the water features (53 percent) and the sand (52 percent).
As for potential changes, roughly 75 percent of respondents said they would be in favor of either a water tunnel or water jets/misters shooting up from the ground. The town also received comments opposing new water areas, with statements such as "no water features needed" and "water features are a waste of resources."
Nearly two-thirds of respondents said they wanted to see swings and slides at Osage Station, and almost half said they liked the idea of climbing boulders. Other conventional play elements didn't garner as much support: sand at 38 percent, climbing nets 31 percent, clatter bridge 21 percent and teeter-totter 13 percent.
Designs are still being created for the new playground. A conceptual plan could be completed and presented publicly early next year, according to Danville recreation services manager Henry Perezalonso.
In addition to the play area, the 35-acre Osage Station Park on Brookside Drive in Danville includes grass fields, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, picnic area, walking path and memorial rose garden.