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SCORP: Outdoor Recreation in Florida

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is directed by the Florida Legislature to cooperate with state and federal agencies, private organizations and commercial and industrial interests in the promotion of a statewide outdoor recreation system.  Florida continues to develop a diverse, connected and balanced system of outdoor recreational resources, facilities and programs.

Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

2018 SCORP – Work is underway on the next plan, which will be submitted to the National Park Service by July 31, 2018.  Written comments on the draft plan are being accepted through February 23, 2018.

Below are components of the draft plan available for public review, which include selected chapters and posters with the 2018 plan’s priority areas, goals and recommendations. 

SCORP Comment Form:  To send written comments on these draft plan components, you may use the provided form and send them via email to Outdoor.Recreation@dep.state.fl.us or you may write to DEP’s Office of Park Planning at 3800 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 525, Tallahassee, FL 32399. Comments will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 23. Thank you for your participation!

Opportunities to comment on the complete plan will be available later in 2018. Please check back for more information.

Public providers of outdoor recreation are invited to take this short opinion survey regarding outdoor recreation issues.

The next SCORP Workgroup Meeting is scheduled to take place on February 20, 2018, in Tallahassee.


NEW! 2016-2017 SCORP Participation Study (Full Report)

This study provides detailed results regarding resident and tourist demand for and perceptions about Florida's outdoor recreation offerings.


Purpose of SCORP

Because of the state's phenomenal growth, providers of outdoor recreation facilities and services continue to be pressured to meet expanding demand. A fixed supply of land, water, shoreline areas and cultural resources suitable for public use combined with fiscal constraints present public land managers with difficult decisions. State government must exercise a leadership role in coordinating the effective use of Florida’s recreation resources. But recognizing that the state alone cannot provide the volume or variety of leisure pursuits that will be needed by its present and future populations, the Legislature has given the DEP specific responsibility to develop and execute a comprehensive, multipurpose outdoor recreation plan with the assistance of other managers.

The Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) is the state’s official document regarding outdoor recreation planning. Updating the plan every five years is a requirement for Florida’s participation in the Land and Water Conservation (LWCF) program. Outdoor Recreation in Florida – 2013 is the 10th edition, which is written in accordance with Florida Statute 375.021.

Florida’s Outdoor Recreation Inventory

The Florida Outdoor Recreation Inventory (FORI) is a comprehensive inventory of existing outdoor resources and facilities in Florida. This database and mapping tool provide details of parks, recreation areas, open spaces and other outdoor sites in the state including federal, state, regional, county and municipal governments, commercial enterprises, nonprofit organizations and clubs. The database consists of more than 13,000 records and is maintained by the department to assist with the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).

In order to meet new legislation passed in SB 552 (259.032 F.S.) and HB 1075 (253.87 F.S.) in 2016, the state provided DEP with funding to enable users to more easily locate recreation opportunities on public conservation lands. As a result, a number of improvements were made to the inventory (including helpful links). FORI’s new interface, along with new web-based and mobile applications known as Outdoor Florida, launched in July 2017.

SCORP Workshops

In 2015-2016, DEP hosted a series of events to bring public and private recreation providers, recreational user groups and outdoor recreational professionals together to help promote SCORP and the value of outdoor recreation to the state of Florida. A new series of events will be held after the 2018 SCORP is complete.

SCORP Documents and Publications

2013 SCORP Workgroup Documents

Recommendations for Improving the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) [PDF - 50 KB]

If you have trouble opening the documents or would like a paper copy, please email outdoor.recreation@dep.state.fl.us or call 850-245-3051.

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