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Huxley Residents Invited to Participate in Focus Groups

On Wednesday, June 11, Huxley residents will participate in a focus group workshop as part of the Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program. The focus groups are part of an input gathering process under way to identify transportation needs and opportunities for enhancements in Huxley.

The Huxley focus groups are guided discussions that ask community residents how they use roads, sidewalks, and trails in the community and what barriers or problems they encounter. The process is organized around the needs and behaviors of four different user groups: older adults, especially seniors with sight or mobility impairments; active recreationists of all ages; school-age children who roam on foot, bicycle, etc.; and parents of school-age children.

Huxley residents are invited to participate in one of three focus group sessions being held at Trinity United Methodist Church. Starting at 2 p.m., seniors are invited to join the discussion, at 4 p.m. parents and children, and at 5 p.m. active recreationists. Steering committee members will also participate in the workshop.

Following each focus group, participants will have the opportunity to go out into the community and photograph some of the transportation assets and barriers they discussed using GPS-enabled cameras provided by Iowa State University. A brief presentation of the findings, including an online community map of participant’s photos, will be held the same day at 7:30 p.m. In the upcoming weeks, steering committee members will be asking area residents to participate.

To learn more about participating in the focus group session or the overall visioning process, please call Selden Spencer, Huxley visioning committee chair, at 515-239-4435 or Leslie Berckes, Trees Forever field coordinator, at 515-681-2295.

The Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation in partnership with Iowa State University Extension Landscape Architecture and Trees Forever.

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