Project Background

Why does this town hall Web site exist?
To provide a place where you can tell us about your needs and hopes for recreation in Washington and where you can get information about the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Planning (SCORP) process.

What is SCORP?
Think of a SCORP as a strategic plan that guides the State in deciding which projects to fund. SCORP addresses the demand for and supply of recreation resources within a state (by local, state, and federal providers), identifies needs and new opportunities for recreation improvements, and sets forth an implementation program to meet the goals identified by its citizens and elected leaders. SCORP can help the State know what types of projects are needed and where.  (More Details).

Why create a SCORP?
To help decision-makers better understand recreation issues and to maintain Washington’s eligibility for federal Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars, the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) is updating SCORP. The National Park Service administers Land and Water Conservation Fund grants to states. To be eligible for the funds, each state must submit a SCORP and update that plan every 5 years. The next Washington State SCORP is due June 30, 2013. Each year, RCO distributes this federal funding to help Washington communities invest in recreation opportunities that benefit the health and well-being of their residents and create a legacy that makes these communities attractive places to live.

What has been done in the past?

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Who is doing this work?
The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) is responsible for creating the SCORP.  The mission of the RCO is to work with others to protect and improve the best of Washington’s natural and outdoor recreational resources.

How do I use this Web site?
It is simple.  Just click on the links to find the information you need, and if you want to comment just click on the “Comment” button.