Early on the plan development process, discussions with key stakeholders involved in recreation produced several key themes or priority areas that serve as the foundation of the plan. The plan is organized into the following sections:


Resource Management and Stewardship
Having safe, accessible, modern and desirable facilities that meet the current needs of citizens is one of the most important aspects in delivering outdoor recreation services. Read the plan chapter here.


Tourism and Economic Development
Economics are often what get the attention of decision makers. Selling the benefits of outdoor recreation – both social and economic – will require better data and education. Read the plan chapter here.


Local Parks and Recreation
For most Pennsylvanians, local parks serve as the primary venues for their outdoor recreation pursuits. From small neighborhood pocket parks, to greenways, to larger community or county-level recreation areas, these locations are tapped for their close-to-home benefits. Read the plan chapter here.


Health and Wellness
Outdoor recreation can be viewed as a way to address societal health care issues like obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and mental health. Scientific research links health and wellness to those who are participating in outside recreation. Making outdoor recreation a part of regular routine can be a “prescription” for wellness. Read the plan chapter here.


Fiscal restraints are limiting providers’ ability to fully meet recreation demands. Implementing Pennsylvania’s recreation plan requires long-term financial sustainability. Read the plan chapter here.



Pennsylvania has updated its trails strategic plan, which envisions a statewide network of trails. The Land and Water Trail Network Plan is an appendix to the Recreation Plan and makes seven recommendations. Read the trails plan here.