Arizona State Parks and Trails, Arizona State University and a team of dedicated outdoor recreation professionals, have partnered over the last year to collect national and statewide outdoor recreation data. The 2018-2022 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) outlines the state’s priorities on recreation, conservation, community vitality, diversity, youth engagement and much more.

The draft of the plan is now available online at AZStateParks.com/publications for public review and comment. Comments are welcomed through Wednesday, April 5, 2017 and can be made via email to scorp2018@azstateparks.gov.

The SCORP acts as a plan that sets the criteria to distribute funds available for local, state, or federal outdoor recreation projects. Arizona State Parks has given over $59 million from the Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) towards the enhancement of outdoor recreation for Arizona communities. Each county of the state has benefited from these funds. (Check out breakdown of LWCF projects and funding per county! – located within the SCORP document on page 3)

Arizona State Parks and Trails is committed to supporting a highly integrated outdoor recreation system for the future.

This plan balances the recreational use and protection of natural and cultural resources. It also strengthens the awareness of the public between outdoor recreation with health benefits while also producing opportunities to enhance the economies and quality of life for residents.

Recreation managers of cities, counties, state and federal government organizations in Arizona use this information for more specific recreation planning and budgeting. The plan also offers leadership opportunities to make decisions about the state’s enhancement of outdoor recreation sites, programs and infrastructure.

A final version of the SCORP with public comments integrated will be available before June 30, 2017.

WHAT: Now Taking Public Comments for the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

WHERE: Download SCORP plan at AZStateParks.com/publications then make comments via email to scorp2018@azstateparks.gov.

WHEN: Comments will be accepted through Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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