Public Invited to Weigh in on Statewide Complete Outside Recreation Plan (SCORP) – Fin Serve

Press launch shared by PA Media, www.media.pa.gov, 4/24/2024. 


Division of Conservation and Pure Sources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn right now inspired Pennsylvanians to share their outside pursuits and actions in a 10-minute, on-line survey that may help with growing the state’s subsequent outside recreation plan.

DCNR is working with consultants throughout the state to develop the subsequent Statewide Complete Outside Recreation Plan (2025-2029), which is able to assist to information future recreation investments, insurance policies, and services.

“5 years after the present Pennsylvania Outside Recreation Plan was written, recreation pursuits and tendencies could also be totally different,” Dunn stated. “We’d wish to know whether or not strolling remains to be Pennsylvanians favourite outside exercise? Do folks nonetheless need trails and on-road bike lanes? These questions will likely be part of the muse for outside recreation going ahead and we admire enter from the general public.”

Public suggestions is a crucial element to constructing the targets of the plan.

Along with a scientifically carried out survey earlier this yr by Penn State and a survey of recreation suppliers presently being carried out, a basic on-line survey is now open for Pennsylvanians desirous to share their opinions about outside recreation.

The Pennsylvania Outside Recreation Survey is offered in English and Spanish and is totally confidential.

The deadline to finish the survey is Might 22.

After suggestions from all three surveys is analyzed, a draft plan will likely be written in early fall; and will likely be out there for overview and touch upon DCNR’s web site and at nonetheless to be scheduled public suggestions classes.

Suggestions classes will enable the general public, suppliers, and stakeholders to provide their enter earlier than a ultimate doc is introduced to the Nationwide Park Service in early 2025.

“Please be sure your voice is heard by taking the survey and remember to share with others,” DCNR Deputy Secretary Claire Jantz stated. “We particularly need to hear from new people and communities to assist us construct on the elevated curiosity in outside recreation and spending time in nature.”

A brand new plan each 5 years retains Pennsylvania eligible for federal Land and Water Conservation funding.

The Shapiro Administration has demonstrated its dedication to outside recreation by means of the creation of the Workplace of Outside Recreation and $112 million in state park and forest infrastructure investments.

Governor Josh Shapiro’s 2024-25 funds proposal consists of one other robust funding within the stewardship of Pennsylvania’s pure assets, with $8.5 million new funding to construct trails and $5 million to increase the Pennsylvania Outside Corps program.

The 2020-2024 Statewide Outside Recreation Plan (PDF) identifies strolling for pleasure or health as the preferred outside recreation exercise in Pennsylvania.

Different in style actions embody sightseeing, driving for pleasure, nature watching, swimming, picnicking, and bicycling.

Previous survey respondents listed bike lanes, canine parks, rental cabins, and wildlife viewing areas because the services they might most wish to see elevated.

Research present larger entry to outside recreation services, significantly close-to-home strolling and biking alternatives:

  • Makes our communities higher locations to dwell
  • Can help in enhancing psychological well being and social wellbeing
  • Improve tourism potential, which may improve financial alternatives.

Go to DCNR’s web site to be taught extra in regards to the outside recreation plan and course of​.

MEDIA CONTACT: Wesley Robinson, DCNR, 717-877-6315

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