Parks for All Californians

California's 2015 SCORP establishes the Actions listed below to address California's park and recreation needs. Questions and comments can be sent to SCORP@parks.ca.gov.

July 2017 Launch of California’s Health in Parks Partnership
Through the Survey and Toolkit, local universities, agencies, and community leaders will be empowered to test how to position parks and recreation as an essential service for community health and safety.

In 2020, the SCORP Team will submit the 2020 SCORP to the Governor’s Office.

May 2017 Updates
Advisory Council Summary
This document highlights the collective challenges and themes that emerged from all seven Advisory Council focus groups held throughout the State. Based on these discussions, the SCORP Team developed an overarching goal: Parks and recreation must be positioned as an essential public service for creating healthy and safe communities

Public and University Focus Groups
In spring 2017, the SCORP Team conducted seventeen focus groups involving approximately three hundred participants. These focus groups were videotaped. Once fully edited, this video will provide insights into the public's perspective, which can inform decision makers about how parks and recreation can become a greater solution for health and safety. Some of the most passionate and moving insights came from the seniors, parents, and youth who noted that their quality of life depends on the quality of park and recreation services in their communities. The SCORP Team looks forward to producing and distributing the video featuring powerful statewide public comments by 2018!

Additionally, focus group participants provided improvement ideas to products contained in the "Toolkit".

December 2016 Update
Advisory Council Focus Groups were held in October 2016 to develop a strategy for California’s 2020 SCORP. A report will be released for public comment by early 2017.

STATEWIDE ACTIONS

Inform decision-makers and communities about the importance of parks 

Improve the use, safety, and condition of existing parks  

Use GIS mapping technology to identify park deficient communities and neighborhoods 

Increase park access for Californians including residents in underserved communities 

Share and distribute success stories to advance park and recreation services 

LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND ACTIONS

Give priority to projects that address unmet park and recreation needs, with emphasis on proposals to: 

Increase the inventory of California Wetlands under federal 6(f)(3) protection that also meets public outdoor recreation needs through the efforts of multiple agencies. 

Increase local demand for LWCF grants to utilize federal annual apportionments and Special Reapportionment Account funds in a timely manner. 

Develop tools to enable easy identification of all California LWCF grant projects and their locations