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. In addition, the Action Plan offers solutions through long-term partnerships.

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.

2020-2024 SCORP Planning Effort: From 2020-2024 the SCORP team will conduct a statewide analysis using the Toolkit for Partners and Feedback system to test what best informs decision makers that parks and recreation services are essential for creating healthy and safe communities.

The SCORP Team welcomes public input and partnerships with health organizations, foundations, and universities throughout the planning process. California’s success will depend on creative contributions and Feedback to test and improve the Toolkit for Partners.

Toolkit Testing Objectives: Partners will test and provide Feedback about which Tools lead to:

  1. Increasing awareness that parks and recreation programs are an essential public service for community health
  2. Improving support of local park agencies for park projects and recreation programs
  3. Creating new programs and projects to improve the quality of life in communities

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. SCORP updates are available on the Action page.

The 2015 SCORP is available for download to the right.

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)

Final 2015 SCORP Supporting Documents  

To build upon the 2015 SCORP, Toolkit Products will explore key components affecting park usage.

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 7,400 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 the 2020 SCORP and Join the Partnership!

Four Keys to Increase
Healthy Park Use:

  • Access
  • Design
  • Programs
  • Marketing

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

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