DC SCORP 2020

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A group of hikers walk along a natural trail in Pope Branch Park with sun shining through the trees and a creek to their right.

As part of this Master Plan process, DPR will be drafting and submitting a new Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) to the National Park Service. This SCORP is a requirement of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act. It is a 5-year planning document that sets high-level goals and a prioritizing framework (called the Open Project Selection Process) for how DC will select future projects to be submitted for LWCF matching grant dollars.

Every year the District is allocated grant dollars through the Land and Water Conservation Fund that can go towards the development, acquisition, or planning of outdoor recreation. These grant dollars must be matched at least 1:1 with local dollars and have supported numerous improvements to DPR's outdoor recreational amenities over the years including projects such as court resurfacing, field replacements, new playgrounds and improved lighting and outdoor seating. The amount that DC gets annually is based on a federal funding formula that is doled out on a state by state basis.

Besides providing matching grant dollars, sites that receive LWCF assistance must remain in recreational use in perpetuity. Thus these sites are protected from any potential future change in use, similar to a conservation easement.

DC's next SCORP submission is due to NPS in September 2020 and there will be numerous opportunities for input before final submission. The first way to participate is through the engagement activities on this site. All feedback that is received from these engagement activities will be assessed to inform both the SCORP and the full Master Plan. We are also working to schedule virtual meetings and focused topic discussions this summer, once the Covid-19 public health emergency is lifted. DPR will also be posting a draft version of the report for public comment in August.

If you have additional questions particular to the SCORP, please leave them below and a project team member will respond.

As part of this Master Plan process, DPR will be drafting and submitting a new Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) to the National Park Service. This SCORP is a requirement of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act. It is a 5-year planning document that sets high-level goals and a prioritizing framework (called the Open Project Selection Process) for how DC will select future projects to be submitted for LWCF matching grant dollars.

Every year the District is allocated grant dollars through the Land and Water Conservation Fund that can go towards the development, acquisition, or planning of outdoor recreation. These grant dollars must be matched at least 1:1 with local dollars and have supported numerous improvements to DPR's outdoor recreational amenities over the years including projects such as court resurfacing, field replacements, new playgrounds and improved lighting and outdoor seating. The amount that DC gets annually is based on a federal funding formula that is doled out on a state by state basis.

Besides providing matching grant dollars, sites that receive LWCF assistance must remain in recreational use in perpetuity. Thus these sites are protected from any potential future change in use, similar to a conservation easement.

DC's next SCORP submission is due to NPS in September 2020 and there will be numerous opportunities for input before final submission. The first way to participate is through the engagement activities on this site. All feedback that is received from these engagement activities will be assessed to inform both the SCORP and the full Master Plan. We are also working to schedule virtual meetings and focused topic discussions this summer, once the Covid-19 public health emergency is lifted. DPR will also be posting a draft version of the report for public comment in August.

If you have additional questions particular to the SCORP, please leave them below and a project team member will respond.

Please leave your questions below and a project team member will respond.

Questions about the DC SCORP 2020?

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    Are people with disabilities being considered in the Plan?

    Janebrown asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for the question. Yes, definitely. We want to ensure that we are inclusive in the design of our rec facilities, amenities, programming, and events. Please feel to engage in the various activities on our inclusiveness/accessibility page or send an email with further suggestions to ready2play@dc.gov.