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Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) commissioned Idaho Policy Institute (IPI) to conduct a public opinion survey to inform the Idaho Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). The public opinion survey asked Idahoans about their current outdoor recreation habits, plans for future recreation, barriers to participation, and recreation needs.

IPI collaborated with GS Strategy Group (GSS) to field the public opinion survey on behalf of IDPR. The three entities jointly developed a series of survey questions which GSS fielded using a combination of text and online methods. The survey was fielded from January 3 through January 12, 2022, to 1,000 Idaho adults.

Key findings:

  • Over 90% of respondents find recreation important to the economies of both their community and the state of Idaho

  • Most people recreate within their own region, sometimes traveling to recreate in nearby regions but usually not much farther

  • Those with higher incomes are more likely to participate in most recreation activities

  • Upgrading and maintaining facilities is the highest recommended priority for IDPR across regions


This report was prepared by Idaho Policy Institute at Boise State University and commissioned by the Idaho Department of Park and Recreation.

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