Outdoor Recreation in Florida
The Department of Environmental Protection 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 state outdoor recreation program.
Florida’s outdoor recreation program is a diverse, connected and balanced system
of outdoor recreational resources, facilities and programs.
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 in types of leisure
pursuits that will be needed by its present and future populations, the
Legislature has given the Department of Environmental Protection specific
responsibility to develop and execute a comprehensive, multipurpose outdoor
recreation plan with the assistance of other public recreation land managers.
The Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) is the state’s official document regarding outdoor recreation planning. The plan is a requirement for Florida’s participation in
Land and Water Conservation (LWCF)
program. Outdoor Recreation in Florida – 2013 is the tenth edition 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. It provides details
of parks, recreation areas, open spaces and other outdoor sites in the state
including federal, state, regional, county and municipal governments, commercial
enterprises, non-profit 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).
If you have trouble opening the documents or would like a paper copy please
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (850) 245-3051.
2018-2023 SCORP – Work is already underway on the next plan!
If you are a public provider of outdoor recreation in Florida, you can help shape the plan by taking this opinion survey. Thank you!
SCORP Workshop Sunrise
SCORP Workshop Panama City
SCORP Workshop Tampa
SCORP Workshop Jacksonville
SCORP Documents and Publications
2013 SCORP Work Group Documents and Meeting Information