Pennsylvania has a new five-year OutdoorRecreation Plan with four top priorities. Titled Natural Connections, its vision is to create healthy and liveable communities that support jobs that pay and successfully serve the recreation needs of those who live, work, and play in them. Over 10,000 Pennsylvanians responded to three in-depth surveys. Residents are calling for access to close-to-home recreation, walkable and bikeable communities, protected lands and waters and well maintained park facilities. DCNR has used the plan to set new priorities for its 2016 recreation and conservation grants. Visit http://paoutdoorrecplan.com/ to view the final plan and executive summary, and click the resources tab to view survey findings and Pennsylvania’s new Land and Water Trail Network Strategic Plan.
Because there is so much information to share, DCNR is offering FREE Wednesday webinars in October from 1-2:00 pm. Each webinar will focus on one priority and cover challenges and opportunities facing Pennsylvania communities, research findings and best practices. Special guests already helping to implement the plan will share their stories. Learn how to use the plan to support your community’s planning needs as well as funding requests. Webinars are FREE, but advance registration is requested.
- October 7 – Health and Wellness: Promoting Healthy Living through Outdoor Connections
- October 14 – Local Parks and Recreation: Enhancing Close-to-Home Outdoor Recreation
- October 21 – Tourism and Economic Development: Creating Opportunities for Community Prosperity
- October 28 – Resource Management: Sustaining Natural Resources and Public Investment and PA’s new five-year plan for Trails