DOTHAN, Al (WDHN)— The Alabama Statewide Outdoor Recreation Planning (SCORP) released the 2022 survey for local outdoor recreation centers.

The report, which was released region by region, promotes the conservation and use of outdoor recreational venues and activities.

During the 2021 SCORP survey, it was revealed that the use of public outdoor land increased by 30% during the Covid-19 Pandemic. It was also released that over half of the state’s cities lack sufficient funds to upkeep the existing outdoor recreation infrastructure.

Region 7, which holds counties Houston, Geneva, Dale, Coffee, Henry, Covington, and Barbour, was among the regions that had the least accessibility and possible interest in outdoor services.

During the 2022 survey, it was discovered some of the largest issues in Region 7 were no activities in local areas, facilities and activities being too expensive, lack of accessibility for disabled citizens, and lack of security and safety.

Like most of the Alabama landscape, a large portion of Region 7 contains heavily wooded and swamp areas, which increases the chance of aggressive animal encounters and attacks.

The survey also revealed local citizens had requests for needed outdoor services. Some of the most requested were ATV trails, education-focused nature walks and unpaved hiking trails. The most requested were paved hiking and jogging trails with a 21.1% request rate.

Recreational and outdoor swimming pools were also ranked amount the highest requests as fourth on the list with a 16.9% rate. This comes nearly a month after Alabama was ranked sixth in the country for child drowning.

With the release of recent surveys, SCORP says it is confident Alabama is working towards the installment and upkeep of various outdoor services and believes that outdoor activity is vital to the state’s forward movement in the 21st century.