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 – have access to programs, facilities, places and spaces that make their lives and communities great. Parks and recreation truly build communities – communities for all.
NRPA works with local park and recreation agencies to provide tools, resources, and technical assistance to ensure all people have access and are meaningfully involved in the development and use of park and recreation programs and spaces. Our areas of focus include ensuring all people have safe access to quality park and recreation facilities and programming, expanding access to meal programs for children, investing in park improvement projects for communities that need it most, and supporting programs and policies that protect our most vulnerable communities from environmental and health hazards.
Social Equity Initiatives
Parks Build Community is a national initiative demonstrating the transformative value of parks on the health and vitality of communities across America. Each year, NRPA conducts a complete park makeover in partnership with park equipment manufacturers and community organizations within the city hosting the NRPA Annual Conference.
NRPA's campaign to implement environmental and policy strategies that create safe and equitable access to parks for all people.
NRPA collaborated with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney | ABC Television Group and ESPN, to expand the Parks Build Community initiative by providing 16 communities with resources to improve local parks through projects that connect kids to nature, help kids and families live healthier, and increase kids' access to sports.
NRPA supports park improvements to ensure that people have inviting places to gather and enjoy the outdoors. These projects also increase opportunities for physical activity and active play, particularly in underserved communities.
Click here to learn more about NRPA's other initiatives aimed at improving access to parks and recreation for all people.
Social Equity Resources
NRPA Position Statement
Social Equity Poster
Download a PDF copy of our Social Equity poster to display at your agency or share with the public.