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State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

The Office of Strategic Planning and Policy with assistance from the Offices of Planning and Development and Statewide Planning has revised the " State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan" (SCORP). The goal of the SCORP is to improve the availability, diversity and quality of outdoor recreational opportunities available to Rhode Island's public by setting outdoor recreation funding priorities for both state and local outdoor recreation facilities that will advance outdoor recreation. Priorities set are based on an assessment of the supply and demand for outdoor recreation facilities.

National Park Service requires all states to develop and regularly update a SCORP to be eligible for federal outdoor recreation grants from the Land & Water Conservation Funds (LWCF). State and municipalities will be given up to a total of $5 million dollars over the next five years for development, improvement and acquisition of outdoor recreational facilities when the SCORP is completed in December 2002.

Strategic Planning and Policy will publish numerous studies and maps listed below, which will be used as a basis for the supply and demand assessment.

  • State Parks and Beach User Survey: How satisfied are Rhode Island's State Park and Beach visitors with the level of customer service they've encountered during their visits? Who is visiting the Parks? Can we better sever our visitors and reach out to those not visiting?
  • Draft Outdoor Recreation Needs in Rhode Island-A Survey of State and Local Recreation Professionals, April 2002: What do recreational directors and State Park Manager's say about outdoor recreation in their town and/or region?
  • Survey of the Rhode Island Population: What do Rhode Islanders want or need in terms of outdoor recreation?
  • Study to Identify the Underprivileged population: How can this population gain better access to outdoor recreation facilities and be better served in terms of needs and wants.
  • Draft SCORP Map Chapter: Summarizes methodology for gathering data for the outdoor recreation maps; describes trends for the supply or outdoor recreation facilities; contains: reference maps, outdoor recreation amenity maps and maps that compare the actual number facilities per person in Rhode Island to the recommended recreation standards for facilities per person.

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