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 EPA and Parks, Environmental Justice and the Disposable of Society
By Robert Garcia and Ariel Collins
August 2015 Issue
Summary: How can the EPA help to improve access to parks and recreation and the health, environment and resiliency of communities of color and low income communities?
Diversifying Mainstream Environmental Groups Is Not Enough
By Robert D. Bullard and Robert Garcia
July 2015 Issue
Summary: Transformational change is necessary to modernize the environmental, climate and health movements.
Healthy Communities of Opportunity: An Interview with Mildred Thompson and Victor Rubin
By Zarnaaz Bashir, MPH
June 2015 Issue
Summary: NRPA’s Director of Strategic Health Initiatives Zarnaaz Bashir, MPH, interviews PolicyLink’s Mildred Thompson and Victor Rubin for a discussion about health equity.
Rescued on a River
By Samantha Bartram
May 2015 Issue
Summary: Austin Youth River Watch helps at-risk teens develop critical life skills and a lasting commitment to environmental stewardship.
Addressing Equity in Park Use
By Samantha Bartram
April 2015 Issue
Summary: Thoughtful consideration of cultural differences can have a big impact when it comes to increasing access equity in parks and recreation.
NRPA Resources for Social Equity