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Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

Recreation Plans, Research Reports, Planning Guides and Programs

In addition to managing the State Park System, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has a broader responsibility to encourage coordination among all governmental agencies providing outdoor recreation areas and facilities in Oregon. OPRD acknowledges the adoption of Measure 66 by Oregon voters in 1999, which provided the Department the financial stability necessary to conduct long-term planning. This section of the OPRD planning website includes a variety of long-term plans, research reports, and programs intending to enhance the outdoor recreation opportunities available to all Oregonians.
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To remain qualified for stateside Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), each state must prepare a Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) every five years. In Oregon, the plan functions not only to guide the LWCF program, but also provides guidance for other OPRD administered grant programs including the Local Grant, County Opportunity Grant, Recreational Trails, and All-Terrain Vehicle Programs.

It also provides recommendations to the Oregon State Park System operations, administration, planning, development, and recreation programs. Finally, the plan provides guidance to federal, state, and local units of government, as well as the private sector, in delivering quality outdoor recreational opportunities to Oregonians and out-of-state visitors.

This site includes information for four Oregon SCORP planning efforts. Please click the appropriate link to access information for these planning efforts:

Future Plan:

Preparing for the 2019-2023 SCORP Plan

Oregon is currently in the process of preparing a new five-year SCORP plan for the state. The plan will address important demographic and societal changes facing outdoor recreation providers in the state including:

1.  An aging population;
2.  An increasingly diverse population;
3.  Lack of youth engagement in outdoor recreation;
4.  An underserved low-income population; and
.  The health benefits of physical activity..  The health benefits of physical activity.

A critical objective of the 2019-2023 Oregon SCORP planning effort is to provide outdoor recreation managers with usable information to address these ongoing changes in Oregon. As a result, the plan has been titled, Outdoor Recreation in Oregon: Responding to Demographic and Societal Change.

As the planning process continues, new materials will be added to this site.

1.  The 2017 Oregon Resident Outdoor Recreation Survey

In preparation for the 2018-2022 Oregon Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) conducted a statewide survey of Oregon residents regarding their 2017 outdoor recreation participation in Oregon, as well as their opinions about park and recreation management. This final report provides results from that statewide survey.

2017 Oregon Resident Outdoor Recreation Survey

Although this final report includes tables for all demographic groups, additional reports have been prepared for individual demographic groups for ease of information access.  Individual demographic grou results are available at the following links:

Aging Population Results

Latino and Asian Resident Results

Families With Children Results

Low-Income Resident Results


Current Plan:

2013-2017 Oregon SCORP






Appendix A - A Guide to Community Park and Recreation Planning for Oregon Communities

Appendix B - 2011 Statewide Outdoor Recreation Resource Facility Bulletin

Appendix C - Oregon Resident Outdoor Recreation Demand Analysis

Recreation Demand Analysis - Regional and County-level Summary Reports

Appendix D - Developing Sustainable Park Systems in Oregon

Appendix E - Oregon Administrative Rules for Distribution of LWCF Funding

Appendix F - Oregon Wetlands Priority Plan

Past Plans:

2008-2012 Oregon SCORP

2003-2007 Oregon SCORP


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Oregon Statewide Trails Plan

The 2016-2015 statewide trails plan, entitled Oregon Trails 2016: A Vision for the Future, constitutes Oregon's 10-year plan for recreational trail management. The plan guides the use of the state's Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) grant funds, and provides information and recommendations to guide federal, state, and local units of government, as well as the private sector, in making policy and planning decisions. Besides satisfying grant program requirements, a primary intent of this plan is to provide up-to-date, high-quality information to assist recreation providers with trail planning in Oregon. Further, it establishes a review process for potential State Scenic Waterway corridor additions.


Learn more about the Oregon Statewide Trails Plan


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Research Reports

Through the years, OPRD has completed a number of research efforts intending to provide outdoor recreation managers across the state with usable information for making more informed decisions. All research has been conducted based on sound social science methods. Many of the research projects were conducted as part of SCORP planning. As a result, reports are categorized below by planning efforts. To access the reports click on the links provided.

2016-2025 Oregon Statewide Trails Plan

Statewide Trail User Survey Reports:
Trail Provider Survey Reports:

2008-2012 Oregon SCORP Plan:

2003-2007 Oregon SCORP Plan:

Oregon Trails 2005-2014: A Statewide Action Plan:

Willamette Greenway Parklands Strategy Report:

Ocean Shore Management Plan

Oregon State Park Visitor Surveys:


  • 2010 Champoeg Dual Survey Report









Oregon State Park Economic Impact Studies


All-Terrain Vehicle Management Studies:

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Planning Guides

Evidence of sound park and recreation planning is a critical factor considered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department in evaluating requests for the grant funding available annually to units of local government for the acquisition of public open space and development of recreational facilities. Regional planning commissions or local planning departments, planning consultants, faculty at local educational institutions and others may be able to help you develop a plan. These guides are not intended to replace professional planning expertise that may be obtained by your community. The information and material in these guides can either supplement such assistance or provide enough guidance to enable a local agency to develop a basic plan where such expertise is not available. To access the guides click on the links provided.

A Guide to Oregon Community Park and Recreation Planning

Creating Connections: The Oregon Recreational Trails How-To Manual

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Rx Play

Two critical issues addressed in the 2008-2012 Oregon SCORP were fewer Oregon youth learning outdoor skills and Oregon’s physical activity crisis. Planning recommendations for these issues included the design and implementation of recreational programs to encourage focused effort to address specific issues by recreation providers across Oregon. Following the completion of the plan, OPRD planners have worked with recreation providers, recreation consultants, cooperative partners, and key stakeholders towards program implementation. Click on the following links to access information about these exciting programs.

A childhood obesity prevention program that combines clinician-based physical activity counseling and prescription with referral to physical activity programs offered by local park and recreation departments.

Rx Play
A childhood obesity prevention program that combines clinician-based physical activity counseling and prescription with referral to physical activity programs offered by local park and recreation departments. To learn more about Rx Play, click on the following links:

Portland Rx Play Pilot Study

2011 Rx Play Program Rollout

Portland Rx Play Medical Administrative Materials

Portland Rx Play Park and Recreation Administrative Materials
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Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones: Natural Play Areas to Reconnect Oregon's Youth with Nature
To learn how to design and build for Natural Play Areas to better connect youth with nature, click here on the following link:

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