Social Equity




Three Pillars LogoEnsuring 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.

Position Statement

Communities Influenced by Social Equity

Parks & Recreation Magazine: Social Equity Articles

Parks Forward for All
By Robert García, Ariel Collins
March 2015 Issue
Summary: The independent Parks Forward Commission in California is calling for transformational change to diversify access to and support for state parks.

The Park and Recreation Profession: Socially or Financially Alluring for Diversity?
By Ken Koonce
February 2015 Issue
Summary: Do enduring, but perhaps incorrect, perceptions of the park and recreation industry contribute to a lack of diversity across the field?

Sunday is Fun Day
By Samantha Bartram
January 2015 Issue
Summary: A Michigan program offers recreation opportunities for special-needs individuals.

NRPA Resources for Social Equity

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Download a PDF copy of our Social Equity poster to display at your agency or share with the public. (High Resolution version or Low Resolution version)