The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities and conserves and interprets natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people.
- Ensure that all state park facilities are clean, safe and well-maintained.
- Serve as a statewide resource for technical expertise on outdoor recreation.
- Provide programs that raise public awareness of boating risks and encourage improvements in recreational boating behaviors, such as increased life jacket wear.
|Mission Results||Core Services|
|Mission Results||Core Services|
|A: Result - Provide high quality, clean, safe, well maintained and managed parks for Alaskans and visitors.|
|A1: Core Service - Ensure that all state park facilities are clean, safe and well-maintained.|
Target #1: Provide accessible, clean, safe, and well-maintained park facilities for Alaska residents and visitors by reducing deferred maintenance needs in park units.
Parks Deferred Maintenance
Analysis of results and challenges: The division continues to work on the highest priority deferred maintenance projects affecting life, health, and safety. Historic data shows that an annual investment of about $3,000,000 per year is needed to keep the deferred maintenance backlog in check. Deferred maintenance funding has decreased dramatically over the past six fiscal years resulting in an increasing trend in the backlog. Sustained deferred maintenance funding continues to be a challenge, which the division is actively trying to find a solution.
|A2: Core Service - Serve as a statewide resource for technical expertise on outdoor recreation.|
Target #1: Distribute 100% of available Recreational Trails Program funding to state and local governments and trail organizations throughout Alaska for the purpose of trails, park development, and recreational opportunities for the public
Recreational Trails Program Grants Distributed Yearly
Analysis of results and challenges: In FFY12 the Recreational Trails grant program was reduced by approximately 50%. Since this time, while the amounts have varied, funding for the program has trended upwards.
All grant projects that are in compliance with federal and state laws, as well as local land use plans, are funded by this program each year.
|B: Result - Programs raise public awareness of recreational boating risks in Alaska and cause improvement in boater behaviors.|
Target #1: Promote safer boating behaviors on Alaska's waters.
Adult Life Jacket Wear Rate Percentages Powerboats National vs. Alaska (2015-2019)
Analysis of results and challenges: Results of observational life jacket wear rate studies conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard shows adult life jacket wear is now higher in Alaska than it is nationally.
|B1: Core Service - Provide programs that raise public awareness of boating risks and encourage improvements in recreational boating behaviors, such as increased life jacket wear.|
Target #1: Provide Kids Don't Float school programs to at least 5,000 participants on a yearly basis.
Kids Don't Float School Program Participants
Analysis of results and challenges: The number of students does not include students taught by instructors from other agencies (e.g. Department of Public Safety, United States Coast Guard) or other organizations who were trained by the Office of Boating Safety staff.
Target #2: Provide at least 3,000 adult and child life jackets for the Kids Don't Float life jacket loaner program on a yearly basis.
Kids Don't Float Life Jackets Provided
Analysis of results and challenges: Numbers are based on a calendar year. Life jacket purchases are in response to expressed demand by life jacket loaner station sponsors.
Current as of November 23, 2020