South Dakota Parks Asking For Input On Recreation In South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Division of Parks and Recreation is asking residents for their opinions about issues facing outdoor recreation in the state.

Public input is a valuable part of the planning process that brings recreational facilities and services to South Dakota communities.

“This survey shows us where the greatest need for recreational facilities is,” said Al Nedved, assistant director of the Parks and Recreation Division. “We ask everyone to fill out this survey, even those who aren’t avid outdoorsmen.”

The survey asks questions about perceptions of outdoor recreation in South Dakota and provides the “big picture” of outdoor recreational needs. Public input gathered from the survey will be incorporated in the development of the South Dakota Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).

Local grant programs, such as the Land and Water Conservation Fund, use SCORP to determine priorities for outdoor recreational development in South Dakota.

“Outdoor recreation is a major contributor to the state economy and our quality of life,” Nedved said. “We want to be sure the public has every opportunity to participate in the planning process by providing input.”

The 10-minute survey can be found online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2012SDOutdoorRecSurvey

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