Initiatives

Outdoors for Everyone

According to studies done by the Pennsylvania State University for the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), approximately 15 percent of adult residents of Pennsylvania have some sort of disability and these disabilities can limit outdoor recreation participation. That’s roughly 1.6 million residents of Pennsylvania who are limited to activity due to a disability (US Census data).

According to the 2009-2013 SCORP, Pennsylvania’s people are more diverse and their life experiences more urban than a decade ago. Simultaneously, we have an aging population. There’s a need to improve public access to outdoors, provide better and more centralized recreation information, and encourage and accommodate outdoor users.

Enter “The Outdoors for Everyone,” a program of removing barriers to participation in outdoor recreation. Through this program, we train volunteers to assess locations for accessibility and potential barriers, suggest improvements, and pair projects with funding partners.

How do I get involved?

You can support our work to remove barriers to participation in outdoor recreation through a donation.
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Sign up to become a PPFF volunteer and learn how to assist us in assessing parks and forests.

Become a volunteer to lead programs for PPFF, assist with tabling at events, or lending your expertise.

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This EZ Dock along Pittsburgh Allegheny River (and a canoe/kayak storage rack) allow access to Pittsburgh’s three rivers.

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With training, volunteers can determine whether a doorway is too heavy to open easily.

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Everyone enjoys a walk in the woods on a warm spring day.

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