Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday announced the creation of the Arkansas Office of Outdoor Recreation, a component of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism (ADPHT).
The Arkansas Office of Outdoor Recreation is tasked with identifying, developing and executing collaborative opportunities to bring together interested stakeholders to promote the state, its unique natural resources, and opportunities to experience the complete range of recreational experiences including fishing, trail activities, cycling and more.
The office will be responsible for collecting and analyzing data (and developing metrics) that reflect the impact of outdoor recreation on the state’s economy and to inform decision-making for driving continued development of recreational opportunities. It will work with state and federal agencies, businesses, nonprofits and other interested stakeholders on all matters related to outdoor recreation in Arkansas.
ADPHT also announced a new outdoor recreation offering in Pulaski County with the purchase of Blue Mountain and the signing of an agreement between ADPHT and the U.S. Forest Service to explore opportunities for Arkansas State Parks to manage the Lake Sylvia Recreation Area.
“The Office of Outdoor Recreation provides critically needed support as we look to expand our recreational opportunities in Arkansas and contribute to the state’s tourism value,” Hutchinson says. “These new outdoor recreation offerings illustrate the many opportunities at hand.”