DLNR Updates Outside Recreation Plan, Seeks Public Enter

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October 25, 2021 at 9:59 pm HST

Every five years, people have the opportunity to review the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, or SCORP for short, and make suggestions for updates. The DLNR Division of State Parks (DSP) now invites you to review the draft of the SCORP-2021.

The plan evaluates trends, needs, and priorities in outdoor recreation and provides a direction for the recreational future that will allow Hawaii to continue receiving federal funding for outdoor recreational projects. Funding comes from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a support program of the National Park Service.

The five-year strategic plan for outdoor recreation presented in draft 2021 SCORP is based on comments received from leisure agencies and others through online surveys and community meetings between April and June 2021. More than 2,600 people took part in the process.

Community members, stakeholders and recreation providers have identified the protection of natural resources and wildlife and wilderness areas as a top priority for investing in outdoor recreation. The operation and maintenance of existing infrastructures and facilities as well as the protection of cultural and / or historical resources were named as further priorities for the next five years. Concerns were raised about inadequate and poor conditions in the facilities.

Continuing on a theme identified in SCORP 2015 that was intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic, both people and providers are recognizing an increasing demand for outdoor recreational spaces and related facilities. Recreation providers see enforcement as the greatest challenge in managing and deploying outdoor recreational facilities. They also expressed the need for sufficient resources to properly manage these spaces.

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The SCORP 2021 will assist in the selection of projects for LWCF funding.

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Recent LWCF grants include:

  • Renovation of tennis and basketball courts in Kalawai Park, Kauaʻi
  • Installation of new playgrounds in Kaimukī Community Park, Ala Pu’umalu Community Park and Kahalu’u Community Park, O’ahu. Construction of the Hilo Bayfront Trail, Island of Hawaii
  • Coastal path improvements in Waiʻānapanapa State Park, Maui
  • New lookout points, lookout points and new paving of the Makapuʻu Trail on the Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline on Oʻahu.

Comments on the plan are requested by November 19, 2021 and can be submitted by email or in writing to: [email protected] or to:

PBR HAWAII & Associates, Inc.

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Warning: SCORP

1001 Bishop Street, Suite 650

Honolulu, HI 96813-3484

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