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
Diversifying for the Benefit of People and Parks
By Tyler Tapps and Tim Wall
April 2016 Issue
Summary: What can we do to extend opportunities for participation in parks and recreation to a broader spectrum of society, including more racially and economically diverse Americans?
NPS Rim of the Valley Stretches Park Access and Habitat Connections
By Robert García
March 2016 Issue
Summary: The National Park Services calls on Congress to expand the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and provide urban populations with easy access to its resources.
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.
NRPA Resources for Social Equity