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DCNR Recreation plan due late summer 2014
« on: May 16, 2014, 10:20:32 am »
3 surveys in-process will culminate in a draft plan for public review in October 2014.
We'll be ready for the public meetings this time!

- Dave


From the May 14 DCNR Resource:

DCNR is working with experts across the state to develop the next Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (2014-18), which will help to guide future recreation investments, policies and facilities.

“Five years after the current Pennsylvania Outdoor Recreation Plan was written, recreation interests and trends may be different,” Ferretti said. “We’d liked to know if walking is still Pennsylvanians favorite outdoor activity? Do people still want trails and on-road bike lanes? “

Citizen feedback is an important component to building the goals of the plan. In addition to a scientifically conducted survey earlier this year by Penn State and a survey of recreation providers currently being performed, a general online survey is now open for Pennsylvanians wanting to share their opinions about outdoor recreation.

After feedback from all three surveys is analyzed, a draft plan will be written in late summer and will be available for review and comment on the plan’s website.

Feedback sessions will allow citizens, providers and interested stakeholders to give their input before a final document is presented to the National Park Service later this year.

“Please make sure your voice is heard by taking the survey,” Ferretti said.

A new plan every five years keeps Pennsylvania eligible for federal Land and Water Conservation funding.

The current plan identifies walking for pleasure or fitness as the most popular outdoor recreation activity in Pennsylvania. Other popular activities include sightseeing, driving for pleasure, nature watching, swimming, picnicking and bicycling.

Past survey respondents listed bike lanes, dog parks, rental cabins and wildlife viewing areas as the facilities they would most like to see increased.

Studies show greater access to outdoor recreation facilities, particularly close-to-home walking and biking opportunities, makes our communities better places to live; can assist in combating obesity—a serious health threat to adults and children; and also increase tourism potential, which can increase economic opportunities.

Visit http://www.paoutdoorrecplan.com/ to learn more about the outdoor recreation plan and process.

Dave DeChristopher
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