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State Health Dept & State Parks:Natural Partners

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Thursday 11 February 2010

Eric VanDeGenachte

Why write a SCORP?

  • Georgia Code 12-3-1 requires DNR to:

  • Appraise recreational needs

  • Assist local governments in recreational planning

  • Promote recreation institutes and conferences

  • Help establish and promote recreation standards

  • Submit report to Governor and notify Legislature

  • Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF):

  • SCORP is required to maintain eligibility for federal funds from the LWCF

  • SCORP must be updated every five years; current plan expires 2007

  • LWCF grants help state & local governments acquire, redevelop and rehabilitate outdoor recreation facilities and resources

What is SCORP?







  • Georgia DNR contracted with the University of Georgia to develop SCORP:

    • Fanning Institute (project management)

    • Carl Vinson Institute (surveys)

    • Institute of Ecology (Inventory / GIS mapping)

    • Warnell School of Forestry, Natural Resources & Tourism (trends analysis / benchmarking)

  • Funding for SCORP was provided by:

    • Georgia DNR - PRHSD & WRD Divisions

    • Georgia Recreation & Park Association

    • Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

    • Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

SCORP Partners

  • Georgia DNR - PRHSD, WRD, CRD divisions

  • Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs

  • Georgia Dept. of Econ. Development/Tourism

  • Georgia Dept. of Human Resources (Public Health)

  • University of Georgia

  • Association County Commissioners of Georgia

  • Georgia Municipal Association

  • Georgia Conservancy

  • Georgia Wildlife Federation

  • Georgia Recreation & Park Association

  • Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

  • And more…


  • Healthier, more sustainable Georgia

  • Abundant, protected natural resources

  • Responsive, accessible recreation opportunities

  • Thriving and sustainable communities

Table of Contents

Data-Driven Decision Making

  • Comprehensive inventory of local, state & federal outdoor recreation and conservation resources

  • Trends and benchmarks analysis

  • Statistically valid public opinion survey covering state regions and demographics

Grass Roots Public Involvement

  • Seven town hall meetings across the state

  • Online website comment

  • Multiple focus and stakeholder groups

  • Multiple speaking engagements

Stakeholder & Focus Groups

Multiple Focus Groups...

3 simple questions resulted in great depth of understanding

DHR: Nutrition & Physical Activity Plan

Case Studies

Trends Affecting Outdoor Recreation

  • Rapid urbanization & loss of greenspace

  • Significant demographic transitions

  • Obesity epidemic & declining public health

  • Diminished conservation ethic

  • Local communities want economic growth

  • Growing support for outdoor recreation

Georgia’s Explosive Growth

Identified Action Items for Partners

Identified Action Items for Partners

A direct outcome of SCORP:

Objectives of GOGa

  • Educate & inspire Georgians to“Get Out. Get Dirty. Get Fit.”

  • Resonate with individuals, kids & families

  • Actively engage health & human services providers to partner with park & recreation agencies

    • Work on both state & local levels

State Parks Recreation “Challenge”Clubs




Outdoor Activity Calorie Counter Guide

Partnering with the Georgia State Library System to make ParkPasses available at every public library in the State.

A Good Fit

Working to make Georgia healthier, more fit!

Your Park System Here?

Healthy Georgia & National Model

  • A continuing PRHSD initiative to foster an interest in health awareness, fitness and outdoor recreation

  • Provides structured recreation activities and events in a safe, natural environment, to facilitate fitness and healthy living in Georgia's great outdoors, especially at state parks

  • Launched last June to coincide with National Great Outdoors Month and a Governor's proclamation for ”Georgia Great Outdoors Month”

National Partnership Declaration

National Association of State Park Directors

National Park Service

National Recreation and Park Association

The Crisis:

Physical inactivity and lack of contact with nature among our youth and families are becoming increasingly recognized as contributing to a national health crisis that can manifest itself in child obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The Goal:

To see this nation's children and their families again fully participate in outdoor recreation activities and rediscovering their natural and cultural heritage while enhancing their fitness and health.

  • Outdoor Recreation Resource Group Report -

  • Presented to Congress July 2009

  • "Both children and adults are struggling with obesity & health related problems....must come together now

  • Outdoor Recreation, Health and Wellness - Understanding and Enhancing the Relationship

  • Geoffery Godfrey, May 2009

  • Need for consistent metrics & standard protocols

  • How to manage outdoor recreation for healthy outcomes?

  • Health Impact Project-

  • Demonstration projects that demonstrate effectiveness of Health Impact Assessments (HIA) and promote their incorporation into local, state, tribal and federal decision-making.

ACHIEVE Healthy Communities Grant - (CDC)

3-year grant program that empowers local communities with funding, tools and strategies to implement & sustain policies, systems and environmental changes in chronic disease prevention & health promotion.

  • U.S. Domestic Policy Council "Healthy Kid's Initiative

  • Working group to develop a comprehensive strategy for the treatment & prevention of the health issues confronting America's children

  • Childhood Obesity Demonstration Project

  • Community-based health initiatives

  • President's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports

Thank you!

Eric VanDeGenachte

Georgia State Parks, Recreation

& Historic Sites Division


[email protected]

GA Park & Historic Site System

45 state parks

3 state historic parks

15 state historic sites

84,000 acres/ 3,900 buildings

9 golf courses

375 cottages

55 group shelters

41 campgrounds/2,400+ sites

14 group camps/lodges

8 lodges/conference centers

530 + miles of hiking, biking, nature, canoeing/kayaking & equestrian trails

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