The Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) is an important statewide planning document that identifies regional and statewide outdoor recreation needs by assessing the supply and demand for outdoor recreation facilities at both scales.

The document also sets a collective strategy for statewide partners to work together to enhance the delivery of outdoor recreation services to our citizens. Additionally, the SCORP document is very useful for public agency and private commercial outdoors recreation providers seeking to create responsive opportunities to Alabamians’ needs and demands.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) uses this document to inform their Open Project Selection Process for awarding outdoor recreation development grants under the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The SCORP also includes a State Trails Plan, which ADECA uses to inform funding decisions under the Recreational Trails Program.


The SCORP development process is designed to:

  • Assess the supply and demand for outdoor recreation facilities at both regional and statewide scales to identify gaps in the delivery of services.
  • Identify critical issues that affect the delivery of outdoor recreation services to all of our citizens, as well as the goals, objectives, and actions necessary to address those issues.

Engagement Strategies

CBER and UACED are engaging Alabama residents, outdoor recreation providers, and other key stakeholder organizations through an innovative online collaborative process in the following ways:

  1. Online Resident Participation and Demand Surveys will capture the regional and statewide demand for outdoor recreation facilities, which will enable the SCORP Team to determine where we are not currently meeting public demand and therefore where we should invest future federal dollars in recreational development. To conduct this study, the SCORP Team is utilizing a hired research panel that will participate in online surveys, which represents the first time we have employed this method in Alabama.
  2. Online Outdoor Recreation Provider Opinion Surveys will reveal barriers and challenges that (non-commercial) providers face in delivering outdoor recreation services to the public. This information will help shape the state’s Outdoor Recreation Strategy. Never before have Alabama’s Outdoor Recreation providers been surveyed in this manner for the SCORP.
  3. Online Outdoor Recreation Inventory Questionnaires will capture the current supply of outdoor recreation infrastructure throughout the state. In concert with the Resident Participation and Demand Survey results, this information will aid the SCORP Team in identifying regional and statewide gaps in the delivery of services that the public demands. This is the first time that Alabama has attempted a comprehensive inventory of these facilities.
  4. The SCORP Team will conduct an update of Alabama’s Outdoor Recreation Strategy through online facilitated stakeholder meetings and a general public input process through this website. 


ADECA has commissioned The University of Alabama Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) and The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development (UACED) to conduct a five-year update of the SCORP.


The SCORP Workgroup serves as a steering committee for the SCORP process. The individuals on the committee have experience and expertise that are invaluable in the planning and execution of this project.

Current members are:

  • Dr. Graham Sisson – Chair, Alabama Trails Commission / Executive Director, Governor’s Office on Disability
  • Cindy Ragland – Director of the Alabama Trails Foundation
  • Natalie Norman – Executive Director, Alabama Recreation and Parks Association
  • Rob Grant – Assistant Director, Alabama State Parks Division
  • Robby Cantrell – Executive Director, North Central Alabama Regional Council of Government


Fall 2020

  • Provider and Resident surveys
  • Strategic Planning process with key stakeholders and general public

Spring-Summer 2021 

  • Data analysis and drafting report 

Fall 2021                    

  • SCORP report published
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