Ensuring all people have access to the benefits of local parks and recreation.
True to the very philosophy of public parks and recreation is the idea that all people – no matter the color of their skin, age, income level or ability – has access to programs, facilities, places and spaces that make their lives and communities great.
It is a right, not just a privilege, for people nationwide to have safe, healthful access to parks and recreation. Because of this, people connect with one another and build bonds that last a lifetime. Places transform into destinations with influx of new businesses and local economies flourish. Parks and recreation truly build communities – communities for all.
This philosophy of social equity and access, which is upheld by all public parks and recreation, is the foundation that allows people to benefit from what public parks and recreation provides such as improved health and restorative green space.
Now we must show how essential public parks and recreation are to our society and how parks are the answer to creating viable communities for all. Watch NRPA’s President and CEO, Barbara Tulipane, CAE talk about the value of social equity for parks and recreation.
Communities Influenced by Social Equity
Parks & Recreation Magazine: Social Equity Articles
Latino Residents Champion for Green Justice in Little Village
By Mariela Fernandez, Ph.D., and Antonio Lopez
February 2016 Issue
Summary: Residents of Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood worked for 15 years to reclaim and restore blighted property in their community and transform it into a vibrant local park.
San Gabriel Mountains – Exploring the Unknown
By Nancy Negrete
January 2016 Issue
Summary: Nancy Negrete, a young Latina from Southeast Los Angeles, explores the San Gabriel Mountains with her sister and some friends for the very first time.
Racial Equity in Parks and Recreation
By Michelle Kellogg, Julie Nelson
December 2015 Issue
Summary: Working for racial equity is to the collective benefit of members of the parks and recreation field, as well as to humanity in general.
NRPA Resources for Social Equity