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.

Position Statement

Communities Influenced by Social Equity

Parks & Recreation Magazine: Social Equity Articles

Back in the Game
By Danielle Taylor
November 2014 Issue
Summary: A South Dakota public lands partnership offers physically challenged hunters accessible opportunities for shooting sports.

Not Your Toddler’s Playground
By Samantha Bartram
October 2014 Issue
Summary: A playground made especially for seniors at Carbide Park in LaMarque, Texas, aims to help aging residents improve their agility, mobility and coordination.

Recreational Rehabilitation
By Carsten Froehlich
September 2014 Issue
Summary: Docks at Glenn Cunningham Lake in Omaha, Nebraska, are outfitted for accessibility, allowing visitors with physical disabilities to easily take to the water without additional support.

NRPA Resources for Social Equity

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Download a PDF copy of our Social Equity poster to display at your agency or share with the public. (High Resolution version or Low Resolution version)