Parks for All Californians

Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

The SCORP is an inclusive plan for all agencies that operate 14,000 parks and provide recreation services throughout California. It serves as a guide for all public outdoor recreation in urban and rural neighborhoods, cities, and regions. California’s SCORP reaches a statewide and national audience including health agencies, the Governor’s Office, and the Secretary of the Interior.

California’s SCORP Action Plan is updated every five years to establish grant priorities to address unmet needs throughout the State.

Pathway to SCORP 2020: Issues of Statewide Significance

In 2016, Advisory Council meetings revealed a statewide perception that the potential for parks and recreation as a health and safety public service may not be fully recognized.

Subsequent Focus Groups with more than 500 local residents throughout the state, further uncovered the need to explore how close-to-home park access, with facilities and programs designed through community based planning, and marketing those services to residents, can improve the health and wellness of Californians.

2015 SCORP: Meeting the Park Needs of All Californians

The upcoming 2020 SCORP will prioritize public health in parks, building on California’s 2015 focus for park access and park equity.

California’s 2015 SCORP was the result of extensive public input and a statewide evaluation of existing park and recreation lands. From 2010 to 2014, public participation 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)

Who is the SCORP Team?

The Team is within the California Department of Parks and Recreation's Office of Grants and Local Services (OGALS). OGALS is a full-service organization dedicated to meeting California's diverse park and recreation needs. Since 1964, over 7,500 parks have been created or improved through OGALS’ grants. Since 2000, nearly $3 billion in grants have been administered by OGALS.

The SCORP is partially funded by Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) planning grants awarded by the National Park Service.

Watch the video below to learn about partnerships between health and park agencies!

Four Keys to Increase
Healthy Park Use:

  • Access
  • Design
  • Programs
  • Marketing

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