The following documents are available for download:
- The 2009-2011 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan
In May and June 2008, the Division of Parks and Recreation conducted a telephone survey of Delaware residents to gather information and trends on outdoor recreation patterns and preferences as well as other information on their landscape perception. These findings are the foundation of the 2009-2011 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) providing guidance for investments in needed outdoor recreation facilities. For this SCORP, the Division of Parks and Recreation has collaborated with the Nemours Foundation, through its Division of Health and Prevention Services, to oversample five municipalities within the state. By oversampling municipalities, the SCORP will be able to demonstrate recreational preferences in a more concise geographic area. For additional information about the SCORP or the public opinion survey, contact Kendall Sommers at 302.739.9235 or email@example.com.
- Investment in Parks and Recreation is Necessary for Children's Health
Nemours Health and Prevention Services (NHPS) has released a policy brief: Investment in Parks and Recreation is Necessary for Children's Health. Made possible through a collaboration with Delaware State Parks and the Delaware Recreation and Parks Society, the brief identifies the benefits and importance of outdoor recreation and outlines action steps for community members and policy makers to support parks and recreation facilities. Nemours Health and Prevention Services is a division of Nemours, one of the nation's largest pediatric health systems. The goal of NHPS is to drive long-term improvements in policies and practices that promote child health, and leverage community strengths and resources to help children grow up healthy. One area of emphasis is the prevention of childhood obesity through the promotion of healthy lifestyles.
Recreation in the First State
Recreation in New Castle County
Recreation in Dover
Recreation in Milford
Recreation in Newark
Recreation in WilmingtonHow Much Value Does the City of Wilmington Receive from Its Park and Recreation System?How Much Value Does the City of Wilmington Receive from Its Park and Recreation System? Fact Sheet
Through a partnership with the Delaware Center for Horticulture, the City of Wilmington Parks and Recreation, the Wilmington Rotary and Nemours Health and Prevention Services, this study was conducted by the Trust For Public Land- Center for City Park Excellence, and is expected to become an important planning tool for park improvements in Wilmington. The report is based on techniques that have been used in other U.S. cities to measure the environmental, recreational, public health, property value, tourism, and social benefits of parks, and estimates the total park value to be nearly $60 million.
Although specific to Wilmington, the report reinforces the importance for close-to-home recreation and local park and recreation areas.