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Products of the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

What is the SCORP?

The Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) serves as a guide for all public outdoor recreation in urban and rural neighborhoods, cities, and regions.  The SCORP is inclusive in that it represents a plan developed for all local agencies within California.  The SCORP Team welcomes and encourages public input and partnerships with health organizations, foundations, and universities throughout the SCORP development process

2020 SCORP – A Pathway to Health in Parks

How you can shape the future!  Share your creativity, experience, and vision to develop California’s 2020 SCORP!

The upcoming 2020 SCORP will prioritize public health in parks, building on California’s 2015 focus for park access and park equity.  This SCORP will reach a statewide audience, including health agencies, the Governor’s Office, and the National Park Service.

This is your opportunity to influence how local parks and recreation can be positioned as an essential public service for creating healthy and safe communities:

Step 1. Please read the Health in Parks Toolkit drafts below and think about:

  • What can be improved?
  • How do you envision being a partner and contributing to California’s SCORP?

Step 2. Please email your ideas or request a phone conference or meeting at

Step 3. On July 1, 2017 the Health in Parks Toolkit and SCORP website will be launched at The SCORP Team looks forward to your participation.

Pathway to Health in Parks Flyer

DRAFT Pathway to Health in Parks Flyer (May 8, 2017)

This flyer outlines the July 1, 2017 through 2019 strategy.  The SCORP Team’s goal is to develop tools to test how to position parks and recreation as an essential service for healthy and safe communities.


DRAFT California’s Health in Parks Survey (June 12, 2017) 
This survey tool will allow for local, regional and statewide or university project analysis.  Please take this online "Survey about the Survey" now to help the SCORP Team design a survey that meets your needs:

 Paper print version: Please read the "Overview for Partners and "Survey Draft", and send us your comments to improve the survey by June 21, 2017:

Overview for Partners


   Survey Draft 


Health in Parks Brochure imageDRAFT Health in Parks Brochure (May 25, 2017)

The 2020 SCORP Advisory Council indicated that the parks and recreation sector needs a strong, unifying message that explains the importance of outdoor recreation.  To help ensure success, this message will need to be endorsed by non-park and recreation organizations, such as the health sector, law enforcement, local chamber of commerce, employment departments, etc.

DRAFT Geographic Information System (GIS) Tools (
The GIS reports reflect park deficient areas.  Thus, the SCORP Team is considering merging or adding CalEnviroScreen data to one or more of these tools.

Is there other data with community health indicators reported at local neighborhood levels that you suggest be added?  Most health indicators are reported at a broader city or county level or are not available statewide.  The SCORP Team believes it is important to include health data at the neighborhood level to identify health inequities across different areas within the same city or county.

DRAFT Success Stories (website will be revised by July 1, 2017)
This will be an online clearinghouse that provides videos and narratives about tricks of the trade and personal stories:

  • “Tricks of the Trade” will include “how to” guidance sharing knowledge from one agency to others.  Examples include positioning parks and recreation during budget negotiations, fund raising, forming new partnerships, community based planning, sustainable design techniques, innovative programs and projects, etc.

  • Personal stories will focus on the benefits of parks and recreation programs, or ideas for improving services, told by the public.

Statewide recognition media announcements will be released annually to highlight the best examples.  These success stories will also be included in the 2020 SCORP.

DRAFT Health Funding List (available here on or about June 16, 2017)
This list will provide information about existing flexible state resources that can provide funding for new park projects and recreation programs.

DRAFT Supporting Research Library (available here on or about June 16, 2017)
This will be a web-based library that provides data about the benefits of parks and recreation.


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 Advisory Council Focus Group Summary 

In the fall of 2016, more than 100 leaders formed California’s new SCORP Advisory Council.  The Advisory Council consists of members from academia, the health sector, local and state government, foundations, and community based organizations.

 This Summary document provides highlights from the seven Advisory Council focus group meetings, and outlines California’s 2020 SCORP Strategy.

“Raw” notes of each focus group are also available: 

Anaheim Raw Notes

Fresno Raw Notes

Los Angeles Notes

Oakland Raw Notes

Redding Raw Notes

Sacramento Raw Notes

San Diego Raw Notes

2015 SCORP  

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2015 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor
Recreation Plan (SCORP) - Available here



2015 SCORP Products and Supporting Documents 

The following documents were funded with LWCF planning grants and completed by California State Parks' former Planning Division to support the California Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP).  (Please note references to CORP are now SCORP per the Land and Water Conservation Fund, 16 USC, Chapter 1, Subchapter XLIX, Part B, § 4601-8 (b).)

  Survey on Public Opinions and Attitudes on Outdoor Recreation in California (SPOA) 2012, Complete Findings (January 2014)
  See the online tool at, for interactive data about the SPOA.

  Outdoor Recreation in California's Regions 2013
   For the first time since 1979, California State Parks offers a report on outdoor recreation at the regional level in California.

2011 Economic Study on Outdoor Recreation in California consists of the following two reports:

Statewide Contributions and Benefits
This report quantifies the economic contribution from statewide outdoor recreation to California’s economy. Outdoor recreation trip and equipment expenditures totaled almost $21 billion in California in 2008 and supported about 200,000 jobs. When economic multiplier effects are included, these figures rise to nearly $40 billion and about 313,000 jobs.Fact Sheet

State Park System Contributions and Benefits
This report quantifies the economic contribution to the state economy from California’s State Park System. The State Park System generated an annual average economic contribution to California’s economy of about $6.8 billion dollars and 56,000 jobs from fiscal year 2006-08.  This economic activity also generated about $410 million in state government revenues and $140 million in local government revenues, returning over two dollars to the state treasury for each dollar spent on operating and maintaining the State Park System. Fact Sheet 

  2013 California Recreation Trails System (CRTS): Collaborative Lessons from the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, California Coastal Trail and Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

  Map Book for CRTS Collaborative Lessons (23 maps total):
     Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (7 maps)
     California Coastal Trail (9 maps)
     Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail (7 maps)

2010 Alternative Camping Survey
For this research element, California State Parks’ Planning Division conducted a study of the state park system’s alternative camping facilities, which consist of cabins, tent cabins, cottages,* and floating campsites. The study surveyed over 3,000 people who stayed in the 108 facilities from 2007 to 2010, as well as 67 California State Parks staff and concessionaires responsible for the campsites’ management and maintenance. Survey findings and recommendations provide insight for recreation providers of similar facilities.
*A related Recreation Opportunity Bulletin primarily for California State Parks staff includes information and recommendations based partly on this report. Because cottages do not provide the typical alternative camping experience, data for cottages are excluded from the bulletin.