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
By Sandra J. Gonzalez, FASLA, CPRP, Eyvette Ruiz
November 2015 Issue
Summary: Pico Rivera Park and Recreation’s Veterans History Project brings teens and seniors together and helps to preserve important oral histories.
Social Equity in Parks for the Transgender Community
By Linda Oakleaf
October 2015 Issue
Summary: What can we do to make the transgender community feel welcomed in our parks and recreation facilities?
Equity in Agency
By Samantha Bartram
September 2015 Issue
Summary: Targeted teen programming at Carver Park teaches healthy skills and behaviors to last a lifetime.
NRPA Resources for Social Equity