A new five-year plan outlining the future of outdoor recreation activities in New Hampshire calls for the creation of more walking and running trails for older adults, playgrounds for kids, and maximizing use of state parks with year-round activities.

The state’s Division of Parks and Recreation is required by law to compile a report on trends and priorities in outdoor recreation activities every five years, to keep the state in the running for federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grants.

The 2013-2018 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), released on Thursday, uses state research, surveys and focus group results to predict the needs and wants of outdoor enthusiasts over the next five years, and help officials plan to meet those needs.

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