Colorado's Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is proud to announce that the 2014 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan process is underway! Development of the SCORP is an opportunity to identify emerging outdoor recreation trends, needs, and issues in Colorado, as well as an opportunity to chart the course for the state's outdoor recreation future.
The 2014 SCORP will serve as a clearinghouse for important outdoor recreation data that is relevant to local, regional, and statewide planning efforts. The SCORP will also be used to guide Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant allocations to local governments.
Every five years, each state updates their SCORP plan to remain eligible for stateside LWCF dollars, which are administered by the National Park Service (NPS). The Colorado State Trails Program, within Colorado Parks and Wildlife, is charged with distributing these grants to projects that align with SCORP priorities, particularly local and regional trail projects.
2012 Local Government Survey
As part of the 2014 SCORP update, CPW surveyed close to 400 city and local park and recreation departments, open space departments, and other districts and agencies that oversee local recreation. CPW asked these agencies to weigh in and respond to key questions to help better understand and quantify key local and regional issues. A total of 174 responses were received during the online survey period.
2013 Public Survey Summary Report
CPW also solicited feedback from Coloradans on their outdoor recreation preferences and trends via a public online and written survey. Thousands of residents from around the state were invited to participate and share their thoughts and perspectives.
Results from the survey shed light on some of the public's outdoor recration habits and desires for furture outdoor recreation investments in Colorado. They also highlight the importance of outdoor recreation to Coloradans, where and how often we participate in outdoor recreation activities, preferences for services and types of outdoor recreation facilities, as well as preferences for future investment and development.