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Posted on: May 17, 2022

Participation requested for Arkansas Outdoor Recreation survey

Arkansas State Parks is seeking online survey responses for its 2022 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).

Every five years, per federal regulations, each state must complete a statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation plan to receive appropriations from the National Land and Water Conservation Fund. Part of this plan must include outdoor recreation user and provider surveying to identify participation rates, access issues, and concerns related to current and future areas and facility needs. Funds that are allocated to states are used to increase outdoor recreation access and participation via state-approved projects.  

To participate in the survey, visit The deadline for survey responses is Friday, July 15, 2022, and participants must be 18 years of age or older.

The SCORP online survey is hosted through QuestionPro, a software licensed by Arkansas Tech University, and used widely in research. The survey will ask a series of questions about outdoor recreation participation and perceptions, motivations for outdoor recreation and thoughts related to barriers to outdoor recreation participation. It will conclude with a few simple demographic questions that will be used in the analysis only. The survey is estimated to take an average of 15 minutes.  

The City of Hot Springs has benefited from Arkansas’ Outdoor Recreation Grants Program, including the recently awarded funds to construct Phase 1 of Velocity Park, which will be the new pump track on Valley Street.

For more information regarding the survey, contact Michael Bradley, faculty at Arkansas Tech University, at To learn more about the Outdoor Recreation Grants Program, visit

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