A statewide blueprint for maintaining and sustaining public outdoor recreation resources to meet the demands of Georgia’s diverse and growing population. The plan, which is updated every five years, keeps Georgia eligible for federal support through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The 2017–2021 Georgia Outdoor Recreation Plan launched earlier this fall and will be completed by October 2016 when Governor Deal submits it to the U.S. Department of Interior for their approval. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources oversees the development of the outdoor recreation plan through an extensive public engagement process. The 2017–2021 update will:
- Address previous plan priorities of CONSERVATION; HEALTH and WELLNESS; and ECONOMIC VITALITY.
- Examine a new challenge faced by many public recreation providers: how to operate with less dependence on tax-based fund support.
- GA has received $85 million in LWCF grants and leveraged these matching funds to over $170 million in city, county and state park investments.
- 95% of GA’s cities and counties have improved their quality of life and economic vitality via LWCF projects.
- The current unmet demand for park and recreation improvements in GA exceeds $123 million.
- Inventory of existing public park and outdoor recreation supply (city, county, state & federal);
- Analysis of national and state trends in demographics, funding and recreational preferences;
- Survey of public perspectives regarding outdoor recreation via a statewide public opinion survey, stakeholder engagements, focus groups and public input meetings;
- Establish priorities for action that will become the criteria for awarding future LWCF grants.
National Park Service
Association of County Commissioners Georgia
Georgia Power Company
Georgia Municipal Association
Georgia Recreation and Parks Association
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Georgia Department of Economic Development
|Mary Kathryn Yearta
Georgia Department of Natural Resources