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Recreation Survey Reveals Walking is Number One Activity in Hampton Roads

Recreation Survey Reveals Walking is Number One Activity in Hampton Roads

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) recently released the results of the 2011 Virginia Outdoors Demand Survey which is conducted every five years in order to prepare the Virginia Outdoors Plan (VOP). The survey is designed to gauge the attitudes of Virginia citizens regarding outdoor recreation resources, estimate participation in recreational activities, estimate demand for recreational activities, and provide a means for citizens to supply input into the 2012 VOP. The survey asked questions on approximately 50 outdoor recreation activities as well as future planning for parks and natural preserves. The survey results are used to strategically plan future facilities, help improve existing facilities, and identify ways to help protect Virginia’s natural resources.

Statewide, the results show that nearly 9 out of 10 respondents believe that access to outdoor recreation is “very important” or “important.” Also, a majority of respondents across the state felt that the most needed recreational opportunities in Virginia are trails for hiking and walking (68%), public access to state waters (60%), and access to natural areas (55%).

Listed below are the top 20 recreational activities enjoyed by residents of Hampton Roads as compared to residents across the state.

To learn more about the 2012 Virginia Outdoors Plan, visit http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/recreational_planning/vop.shtml

 

Activity

% of households

Hampton Roads

Statewide

Walking for pleasure

83

82

Historic sites

54

64

Visiting parks (local, state, national)

46

51

Sunbathing/relaxing at beach

45

41

Swimming/beach

41

38

Natural area, preserve or refuge

39

50

Swimming/pool

37

43

Jogging/running

36

34

Playgrounds

29

30

Gardens/arboretums

26

26

Picnicking away from home

24

28

Salt water fishing

22

14

Visiting natural preserves

20

19

Off-road/multi-use bicycling

17

13

Camping

16

24

Organized golf

16

16

Fitness trail (not jogging)

15

13

Canoeing/kayaking/rowing

15

16

Hiking/backpacking

14

25

Fresh water fishing

14

24

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December 11, 2019 - Katie Cullipher, Principal Environmental Education Planner
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