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
Creating a Special Space for Their Buddies
By Maria Bosack
November 2016 Issue
Summary: A space to call their own.
Restorative Healing at Youth Visions Reflection Park
By Samantha Bartram
October 2016 Issue
Summary: Youth in a north-Toledo neighborhood convert a public park that held a history of racism into an outdoor gallery and recreational space and help transform their community.
Universal Accessibility Infuses Pittsburgh’s August Wilson Park
By Scott Roller
August 2016 Issue
Summary: Community input and a deft design help reimagine a challenging space in Pittsburgh's historic Hill District as a universally accessible park.
NRPA Resources for Social Equity