Parks for All Californians

This 2015 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) is an inclusive plan for the nearly 1,000 park and open space management agencies in California.  The SCORP is detailed in the report, Meeting the Park Needs of All Californians - 2015 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, which is available for download.  This website also provides links to the GIS tools and other information used in the SCORP.

The National Park Service requires California, and all other states, to develop a SCORP once every five years to qualify for federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants. SCORP therefore includes an action plan for how LWCF grant projects can meet the park and recreation needs of Californians.  Progress on each of the actions will be updated as the department moves forward. 

The SCORP was prepared by the California Department of Parks and Recreation's Office of Grants and Local Services (OGALS), a full-service organization dedicated to meeting California's diverse park and recreation needs by developing grant programs, administering funds, offering technical assistance and quality service, building partnerships and providing overall leadership.

Public Input

The SCORP is the result of extensive public input and a statewide evaluation of existing park and recreation lands. Public participation for this SCORP's development included:

  1. Focus Groups: 81 health and recreation experts through six focus groups throughout the state.
  2. Director Survey: 295 public agency director respondents.
  3. Public Survey: 5,421 adults and 410 youth respondents through the Survey on Public Opinions and Attitudes on Outdoor Recreation in California (SPOA)

Supporting documents and information  

Download a full-resolution copy of the SCORP (36MB zipped pdf)

All SCORP report photos by Brian Baer, Senior Photographer, California State Parks, with additional photos from:

Front Cover: far left image: Ropes Challenge Course, Courtesy of Office of Community Involvement; far right image: Anaheim Cove Trail, Courtesy of City of Anaheim
Page 1: Stock image
Page 3: bottom image: Wikipedia, author "WolfmanSF"
Page 5: top right image: Courtesy of Office of Community Involvement; third image from top: adaptive water ski, Courtesy of U.S. Adaptive Recreation Center; bottom image: Courtesy of Hesperia Recreation and Park District
Page 8: top image: Courtesy of City of Paramount
Page 13: Stock image
Page 23: Courtesy of Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
Page 24: top image: Courtesy of Office of Community Involvement; bottom image: Courtesy of Boys and Girls Clubs of Fresno County