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.
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
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
Results from the survey shed light on some of the public's
outdoor recreation habits and desires for future 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.
Developing the SCORP is a collaborative effort.
In June 2013, CPW convened a diverse group of outdoor recreation leaders
representing over 40 organizations and agencies that have a vested interest in
outdoor recreation. This group, known as the SCORP Advisory Group, is currently
developing statewide priorities and recommendations that will serve
to guide Colorado's outdoor recreation future.
All of the above information will be presented in a Draft 2014 SCORP
Plan, which will be made available on this site in late 2013. The final 2014
SCORP will be completed by early 2014. Stay tuned for more information in the
For more information about the SCORP, you can contact the SCORP planning team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.869.1350.