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
The Freedom of Play
By Lauren Hoffmann
November 2013 Issue
Summary: NPR works with play experts to create a nationwide database of inclusive playgrounds.
Partnership Improves Access to Technology
By Mariana Espinoza
October 2013 Issue
Summary: A summer e-reading program in Grand Prairie, Texas, changes the way youth enjoy summer camp.
ASK for Sports for All Kids
By Angela Fanette
September 2013 Issue
Summary: A small Texas city has a big heart for helping children with disabilities play sports.