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State unveils Outdoor Recreation Plan, Suthers' budget calls for more money for parks, and more 

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This week, Colorado Parks and Wildlife released a draft of the 2019 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) for review and public comment. 

The plan lays out priorities for outdoor recreation and conservation in light of Colorado's booming population, which CPW estimates will grow by 100,000 people per year over the next 20 years. According to CPW the growth will result in a 20% decrease in per-capita acreage available for recreational use. According to the plan, the top priorities involve access and opportunities for outdoor recreation, stewardship, outdoor resources, conservation, and outdoors recreation funding. You can review the plan and submit your remarks no later than Oct 22nd via the website.

Also earlier this week, Mayor John Suthers released his preliminary 2019 city budget. Included in Suthers' budget proposal is an increase of $950,000 for "park maintenance, recreational and cultural service needs, including a new Forestry crew" and an additional $1 million to pay for watering the city's parks.

And finally, this Sunday, October 7th, will be the second "Motorless Morning" in Garden of the Gods Park. The entire park will be closed to all vehicle traffic from 5am to noon, after which the gates will be opened to vehicle use.

Happy Trails!

Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, business owner and author of Hiking Bob's Tips, Tricks and Trails, available via his website. He has lived in Colorado Springs for more than 26 years. Follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (Hiking Bob), Instagram (@HikingBob_CO) or visit his website (Hikingbob.com). E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: info@hikingbob.com.

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