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How do Pennsylvanians Value & Use the Great Outdoors? Survey Says…
Session Highlights Introductions – what would you like to know? Why a state outdoor recreation plan? Planning process – lessons learned themes Demographic trends Survey says… You tell us…
Why a State Plan? Elevate the importance of statewide outdoor recreation planning DCNR program priorities Capture trends Governor Office approval Interagency initiatives –“get out of your silos!” NPS requirement “If anything is certain, it is that change is certain. The world we are planning for today will not exist in this form tomorrow.” Is this America’s fastest growing sport?
Pennsylvania State Outdoor Recreation Plan National Award Winning The Keystone for Healthy Living
Our Approach Get it done in 18 months Build on plan PSU research Guided by a STRONG interagency team An inclusive atmosphere Action oriented – FOCUS Feature Promising Practices
Score Card plan Ambitious Plan 4 goals –28 recommendations –99 action items –Implementation happening on about 50% of action items Keep track, celebrate and tell ALL
MANY Opportunities for Public Input Resident Survey 50- member Technical Advisory Committee Webinars Public meetings? Three online surveys –Park/Rec Directors –Managers/elected officials –Anyone – April 1
Pennsylvania State Outdoor Recreation Plan National Award-Winning?
Plan Purpose Continue to elevate the importance of statewide outdoor recreation planning Review current plan/retain top actions Identify high priority issues, needs, policies, investments Develop collaborative relationships Satisfy NPS priorities Connect PEOPLE to NATURE
Trends and Technology Sub themes: Technology Changing Face of Recreation Advances in/ improvements to equipment New types of parks Engage the FAMILY
Recreation Infrastructure Sub themes: Fix it first Improving hunting/ fishing access/involvement Expanding ADA accessibility Multiple use of trails and bike-ped lanes Promoting recreational use of and brownfield sites Green infrastructure Safe access and safe facilities
Tourism/Economic Development Sub themes Trail/river towns and local business development Harnessing economic power of hunting, fishing and watchable wildlife Broader range of rec facilities Better interagency coordination
Health/Wellness Sub themes: Alternative transportation improvements Adult/Childhood obesity reduction School-based recreation Senior center-based recreation Creating walkable/bikeable communities The healthy choice is the easy choice
Local Parks Sub themes Availability – 35% of communities have < 10 acres Funding – 54% of agencies had budgets reduced (2010) Building Partnerships Building political support – nice to have vs “must have” Changing parks – encouraging techy kids to “get outside.”
Research to Inform the Plan 1.Demographic Analysis (PA) 2.Synthesis of Existing Data 3.Pennsylvania Resident Survey 4.Survey of Recreation Providers 5.Economic Value of Local Parks: A Literature Review
PA Demographic Trends Overall population is growing, but slowly (3.4%) –Faster pop. growth in east and south-central regions (urbanization/land conversion here will continue to grow) –Population decline in a number of western counties High growth rate in Non African-American minority population (60%), particularly among youth From 2000 to 2030, PA is projected to experience a substantial increase in the age groups 19 and under and 65 and over
Statewide Resident Survey Purpose: To better understand outdoor recreation patterns and opinions regarding future recreation land conservation, facility development and management Provides a snapshot of where Pennsylvanians “are at” with respect to outdoor recreation A long history of using surveys to inform Pennsylvania’s Outdoor Recreation Plan
Questionnaire Sections/Topics –Outdoor Recreation Participation Strategies to Promote Health and Physical Activity –Recreation Area and Facility Needs –Physical Activity in the Outdoors –Opinions About Outdoor Recreation & Conservation Funding Priorities & Sources of information Factors Influencing Where to Recreate in Outdoors Benefits of Outdoor Recreation Services 21 attitudinal ?s – agree/disagree –Demographic Characteristics
Survey Methods Mail/internet survey of Pennsylvania Residents Sample of 1,500 from each of the six DCNR planning regions Also… 1,500 each from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Total sample = 12,000 residents Currently on-going; expect close to 20% response –Today’s preliminary data: N=1,500 (un-weighted) –Data has been weighted according to regional estimates
Pennsylvania Resident Survey Results The results presented at the PRPS conference were preliminary. Final results will be available in May Results will be posted on: If you have questions, contact Diane Kripas at or Thanks!
Your Turn Is there anything we should consider as we develop the next five year outdoor recreation plan for Pennsylvania?
“To accomplish great things, we must not act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”