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.

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Communities Influenced by Social Equity

Parks & Recreation Magazine: Social Equity Articles

Evaluating Park Access and Equity to Promote Physical Activity and Public Health
By Andrew Kaczynski, Ph.D., and Morgan Hughey, MPH
April 2014 Issue
Summary: A leading researcher in parks and recreation shares his health findings based on a study on park access in South Carolina.

A New Community Hub in Downtown D.C.
By Shilpa Khatri, LEED, AP, PMP
March 2014 Issue
Summary: Marie Reed Elementary School's soccer field and amphitheater get a major face-lift.

Ready, Set, Swim!
By Samantha Bartram
February 2014 Issue
Summary: The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson brings communities together and helps reduce drowning risks.