Comments Sought on CT Outdoor Recreation Plan

Silver Sands State Park, photo CT/DEP

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is preparing the next Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).

SCORP is a planning document that identifies and evaluates outdoor recreation resources and issues of statewide significance. As a plan that addresses everything from facility-based recreation (such as baseball fields and swimming pools) to natural-resource-based recreation (such as hiking and canoeing), the SCORP provides unified guidance to state and municipal officials as they develop and expand outdoor recreation opportunities for their respective constituents.

The completion of the SCORP also satisfies a requirement of the federally administered Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which then makes Connecticut eligible to receive its annual apportionment from the LWCF State and Local Assistance Program. Apportionments from the LWCF can be used by the state and its municipalities to acquire new land for outdoor recreation and conservation, and to construct new outdoor recreational facilities. In recent years, the annual apportionment to Connecticut has ranged from several hundred thousand to several million dollars.

Recent capital projects completed with LWCF apportionments include:

  • Expansion of the boardwalk at Silver Sands State Park in Milford
  • Construction of the new Middle Beach Bathhouse at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison
  • Construction of a ticket booth and restroom buildings at People’s State Forest in Barkhamsted

Public Participation Opportunities:

As part of the SCORP development process, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is seeking input from the public. Specifically, DEEP is:

  • Requesting comments on the 2011 SCORP Draft Outline
  • Providing a brief questionnaire that targets public demand for outdoor recreation resources -www.surveymonkey.com/s/CTSCORP
  • Convening four public meetings across the state to review and discuss plan development

For Information:

Please email your comments or suggestions to: deep.scorp@ct.gov

Connecticut Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

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