Joint Statement on Using Parks and Open Space While Maintaining Physical Distancing

(March 18, 2020)

More than 1,000* groups nationwide support safe use of parks during COVID-19 outbreak

COVID-19 Social Distancing Infographic


The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) prepared the following statement in support of the safe use of parks and open spaces during the COVID-19 outbreak. As of March 27, 2020, more than 1,000* organizations have signed on to voice support.

Concerns about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak continue to grip our nation. As organizations that support the power of parks and open spaces as essential resources for health and wellness, we understand that people may have questions and concerns about visiting their local parks, trails or open spaces at this time.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has flagged mental health as a top concern associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. We recognize that physical distancing may take a toll on our mental health, especially during high-stress and anxiety-producing global public health emergencies. We also know that parks provide a connection to the outdoors and green space as well as opportunities for physical activity which studies demonstrate reduces stress and improves mental health.

We believe that many parks, trails and open spaces can continue to be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide. In all instances, we recommend people follow local, state and national ordinances and guidelines regarding the use of these spaces and recognize that these vary from community to community.

In places where there are no restrictions on the use of local parks, trails and open spaces, we encourage all users to follow these recommendations:

  • Refrain from using parks or trails if they are exhibiting symptoms.
  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.
  • Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.
  • While on trails, warn other users of their presence and as they pass, and step aside to let others pass.
  • Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor picnicking, pick-up sports and other group hangouts, and maintain proper physical distance at all times.
  • Observe CDC’s minimum recommended physical distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.
  • Consult their local and state ordinances and guidelines for the most up to date recommendations on park and trail use.

We encourage local jurisdictions to keep parks, trails and open spaces accessible as long as it is safe to do so.

Our local parks, trails and open spaces have always served as places where people can find respite and seek peace and restoration. During this time of uncertainty, these places are needed now more than ever. Our nation’s park and recreation professionals are working hard to maintain these spaces and keep them safe, accessible and benefiting our communities during these challenging times. Let us all do our part to use them in a way that respects each other and public health guidance.  

For more information about NRPA’s response to COVID-19 and available resources for park and recreation professionals, as well as download options for the infographic above, please see our Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) webpage.

Following are the park and recreation agencies, partners and like-minded organizations who have responded to support continued use of our parks and open spaces during the COVID-19 outbreak:

*This number was updated on March 27, 2020, to reflect the current number of organizations that support the safe use of parks and open spaces during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Park and Recreation Agencies

Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Department

Addison Park District

Albemarle Parks & Recreation

Amherst County Recreation & Parks Department

Amherst Leisure Services & Supplemental Education

Amherst NH Parks and Recreation Department

Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks

Anson County Parks and Recreation

Apex Park and Recreation District

Archbold Parks & Recreation

Arlington Parks and Recreation

Arundel Parks & Recreation Department

Assumption Parish Recreation District No. 2

Auburn, Washington

Augusta County Parks and Recreation

Austin Parks Foundation

Avery County Parks and Recreation, NC

Baileyville Parks & Recreation Dept.

Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District

Baldwin City Recreation Commission

Ballwin Parks and Recreation

Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks

Bangor Parks and Recreation Department

Bartlett Park District

Bartow County Parks & Recreation Department

Bastrop County

Batavia Park District

Bay City Parks and Recreation

Baytown Parks & Recreation

Belton Parks and Recreation

Belvidere Township Park District

Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department

Bend Park and Recreation District

Bergen County Department of Parks & Recreation

Berkeley Township Recreation

Berks County Parks & Recreation Department

Bernalillo County Parks, Recreation and Open Space

Bernards Township Parks & Recreation

Bismarck Parks and Recreation District

Black Mountain Recreation and Parks

Blanchard OK Parks and Recreation

Bloomingdale Park District

Boise Parks and Recreation

Bolingbrook Park District

Boone County Parks

Borough of Chambersburg Recreation Department

Borough of New Providence

Borough of Phoenixville

Borough of Somerville

Boston Parks and Recreation

Bourbonnais Township Park District

Bozeman Parks and Recreation

Bristol Parks Department

Brooklyn Park Recreation and Parks Department

Broward County Parks and Recreation

Brown County Parks

Buffalo Grove Park District

Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront

Butler County (PA) Parks and Recreation

Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks

Caddo Parish Parks and Recreation Department

Calumet Memorial Park District

Calvert County Parks & Recreation

Cambria County Conservation & Recreation Authority

Cambridge Community Activities Program

Campbell County, Virginia Parks and Recreation Department

Canon City Area Recreation and Park District

Canton Leisure Services

Canton Park District (Illinois)

Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation

Carol Stream Park District

Carson City Parks, Recreation and Open Space

Cedar City Parks and Outdoor Facilities

Centre Region Parks and Recreation

Champaign County Forest Preserve District

Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission

Charleston Parks and Recreation Department

Charlestown Parks and Recreation Department

Chatham Co. Parks and Recreation

Chatham County Parks and Recreation, NC

Chehalem Park and Recreation District

Cheney Recreation Commission

Cherokee Recreation and Parks

Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation

Cincinnati Parks

City of Aiken Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism

City of Albuquerque Parks & Recreation Department

City of Altus Parks & Recreation

City of Anacortes Parks and Recreation

City of Arcata Parks & Recreation

City of Arvada Parks and Recreation

City of Ashland Parks & Recreation

City of Atlanta

City of Atlanta Parks and Recreation

City of Atlanta Parks and Recreation Department

City of Auburn, Maine

City of Bakersfield Recreation and Parks Department

City of Bartlett, TN, Parks & Recreation Department

City of Beaumont Parks & Recreation

City of Beckley WV Parks and Recreation Department

City of Bedford Parks & Recreation

City of Bedford Parks and Recreation

City of Belmont

City of Bennettsville Tourism, Parks, & Recreation

City of Bettendorf, Parks & Recreation

City of Billings Parks and Recreation

City of Binghamton Department of Parks & Recreation

City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation

City of Bloomington, Indiana Parks and Recreation

City of Bluffdale

City of Boiling Spring Lakes

City of Bridgeport Parks and Recreation

City of Brighton, Parks & Recreation, Colorado

City of Brookfield

City of Brookings Parks, Recreation and Forestry Dept.

City of Brooksville Parks & Recreation Department

City of Buckeye, AZ - Parks and Recreation

City of Buckhannon

City of Burlington

City of Burlington, NJ Recreation Department

City of Burnsville Parks & Recreation

City of Cabot Parks and Recreation

City of Camas

City of Cameron Parks & Recreation

City of Cartersville Parks and Recreation

City of Cedar Hill Parks & Recreation

City of Charlevoix Recreation

City of Chaska, MN Parks & Recreation

City of Chattanooga Parks and Open Spaces

City of Chelan Washington Department of Parks & Recreation

City of Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism

City of Clarksville Parks and Recreation

City of Columbia Parks and Recreation

City of Cookeville Department of Leisure Services

City of Corpus Christi

City of Cortland Youth Bureau

City of Cottage Grove Parks and Recreation

City of DeBary Parks and Recreation

City of Decatur Active Living

City of Delaware Parks and Natural Resources

City of Derby, Kansas Parks

City of Destin Parks and Recreation

City of Dillon

City of Duluth - Parks and Recreation

City of Dunn Parks and Recreation

City of Edgewater

City of Edina Parks and Recreation

City of Edwardville Parks and Rec Department

City of El Paso Parks and Recreation

City of Ephrata Parks and Recreation Department

City of Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services

City of Fairfield (Ohio) Parks & Recreation Department

City of Faribault MN Parks and Recreation

City of Farmington Missouri Parks and Recreation

City of Findlay Recreation

City of Fircrest Parks & Recreation Department

City of Fishers Parks and Recreation

City of Fort Dodge Iowa Parks, Recreation and Forestry

City of Fountain Parks and Recreation

City of Framingham, MA, Parks & Recreation Department

City of Frederick Parks and Recreation Department

City of Fruita, Colorado

City of Garland (TX) Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts

City of Gastonia Parks and Recreation Department

City of Glenwood Springs Parks & Recreation

City of Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Department

City of Goodlettsville Parks and Recreation

City of Grand Junction, Colorado

City of Grants Pass Parks and Recreation

City of Grapevine Parks and Recreation

City of Great Falls MT Park and Recreation

City of Greeley Culture, Parks, and Recreation

City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department

City of Greenville Parks & Recreation

City of Greenville Parks and Recreation

City of Greenville, South Carolina

City of Groton Parks and Recreation

City of Grove City Parks and Recreation Department

City of Hampton, GA

City of Hardeeville Parks, Recreation & Tourism

City of Henderson Parks and Recreation

City of Hutchinson, Kansas

City of Hutto Parks and Recreation

City of Idaho Falls

City of Joplin Parks and Recreation

City of Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation Department

City of Kent Parks

City of Kerman Parks and Recreation

City of Kettering

City of King, NC Parks and Recreation Department

City of Lake Jackson Parks & Rec

City of Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation

City of Lamar Parks and Recreation

City of Las Vegas

City of Leander Parks and Recreation

City of Lee's Summit Parks and Recreation

City of Lindsborg, Kansas

City of Little Canada Parks & Recreation

City of Little Rock Parks & Recreation

City of Loveland Parks & Recreation

City of Lowell

City of Lynchburg Parks and Recreation

City of Manassas, Virginia

City of Marietta Parks, Recreation & Facilities

City of Marion Parks and Recreation (Iowa)

City of Maryville MO, Parks and Recreation

City of McAllen Parks & Recreation

City of McPherson Public Lands & Facilities

City of Memphis Parks and Neighborhoods

City of Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Department

City of Mesquite Parks

City of Millbrae Recreation

City of Miramar Parks and Recreation

City of Mission Viejo Recreation & Community Services

City of Mitchell Parks and Recreation

City of Moberly Parks and Recreation

City of Morristown

City of Mountain View

City of Mt. Washington Parks and Recreation

City of Muskogee Parks and Recreation

City of Napa Parks and Recreation

City of New Bedford, Ma Parks Recreation & Beaches

City of New Castle Parks and Recreation

City of New Ulm MN Park & Recreation Department

City of Newburyport Parks Department

City of Norco, Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services

City of Norman, Oklahoma Parks and Recreation Department

City of North Little Rock Parks and Recreation

City of North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation

City of North Ridgeville Parks and Recreation

City of Northampton Parks & Recreation

City of Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department

City of Oak Ridge, TN Recreation & Parks

City of Oconomowoc Parks, Recreation and Forestry

City of Ottumwa Parks and Recreation

City of Owensville, Missouri

City of Pelham Parks and Recreation

City of Pensacola, Parks and Recreation

City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department

City of Plant City Parks & Recreation Department

City of Pocatello Parks & Recreation Department

City of Portsmouth Parks, Recreation & Tourism

City of Post Falls

City of Prairie Village, KS

City of Prescott Recreation Services Department

City of Raymore, Missouri

City of Reno Parks and Recreation

City of Richardson Parks and Recreation Department

City of Ripley Parks and Recreation

City of Robbinsdale Recreation, Parks & Facilities

City of Rochester Hills Parks and Natural Resources

City of Rockville Recreation and Parks

City of Rutland: Recreation and Parks

City of Sammamish

City of San Luis Obispo Parks & Recreation Dept.

City of San Marcos Parks & Recreation

City of San Ramon Parks & Community Services

City of Sanford Parks and Recreation Department

City of Sanford Parks Department

City of Sanford, Florida

City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Dept.

City of Sequim

City of Seymour Parks and Recreation

City of Shakopee

City of Sioux Falls

City of Solon Parks and Recreation

City of South Bend Venues Parks & Arts

City of South Lake Tahoe

City of Sparks

City of St. George Park, Trail and Cemetery

City of St. Joseph Parks, Recreation & Civic Facilities Department

City of Sumter

City of Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation & Forestry

City of Tea, SD - Tea Park & Recreation

City of Temecula

City of Texarkana Texas Parks

City of Thibodaux Parks & Recreation Department

City of Toledo Parks, Recreation and Forestry

City of Tualatin, Parks and Recreation Department

City of Tulsa Parks and Recreation

City of Tupelo Parks and Recreation

City of Van Buren, Arkansas

City of Virginia MN

City of Washington Parks & Recreation Department

City of Watervliet

City of Watsonville Parks and Community Services Department

City of Waukesha (WI) Parks, Recreation & Forestry

City of Westerville, Ohio Parks and Recreation

City of Wheeling Parks & Recreation

City of Whitefish Parks and Recreation Department

City of Wichita Park and Recreation Department

City of Wichita Parks and Recreation

City of Winona Parks & Recreation

City of Wooster Parks and Recreation Divisions

City of Wylie Parks and Recreation Department

City of Ypsilanti Parks & Recreation

City Parks of Clarksburg

Clarke County Parks and Recreation

Clark County Public Works - Parks and Lands Division

Clarksville Parks and Recreation

Clayton County Parks & Recreation

Clover Parks and Recreation

Coffeyville Recreation Comm

Colchester Parks and Recreation

Colerain Township Public Works

Collier County Parks & Recreation Division

Colorado Parks & Recreation Association

Columbia Parks & Recreation Department

Columbus Parks & Recreation Department

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department

Community Park District of La Grange Park

Conejo Recreation & Park District

Conway Parks and Rec. Dept. Conway

Cordova Recreation & Park District

County of Newberry Recreation & Parks

County of San Diego Parks and Recreation

Coventry Parks & Recreation Department

Cranberry Township Parks and Recreation

Crosslake Parks and Recreation

Cross Plains Parks and Recreation Department

Crystal Lake Park District

Cullman Parks, Recreation, & Sports Tourism

Dallas Park and Recreation Department

Danvers Recreation

Danville Parks and Recreation

Dare County Parks & Recreation

Darien Parks & Recreation

Davidson County Parks and Recreation Department, NC

Davie County Recreation and Parks

De Soto Parks and Recreation

Decatur Park District

Deerfield Park District

Denver Parks and Recreation

Dept of Parks and Recreation, Moorestown, NJ

Des Moines Parks and Recreation

Desert Recreation District

Dickinson Parks and Recreation

Dover Township Recreation

Draper Parks and Recreation Department

Durango Parks and Recreation Department

Durham Parks and Recreation

Dyersburg Parks and Recreation

East Greenwich Parks & Recreation

East Hampton Parks and Recreation

East Hanover Twp. Dauphin County Parks and Recreation

Effingham Park District

El Dorado Hills Community Services District

El Paso County Parks, Colorado

Elbert County Parks and Recreation

Elk Grove Park District

Emporia Recreation Commission

Erie MetroParks

Eudora Parks and Recreation

Excelsior Springs Parks & Recreation

Exeter Township Parks & Recreation

Fair Oaks Recreation & Park District

Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation

Falmouth Parks & Community Programs

Fargo Park District

Farmington Parks and Recreation Department (Maine)

Fauquier County Parks & Recreation

Ferguson Parks and Recreation

Five Rivers MetroParks

Fletcher Parks & Recreation Department

Florence, Alabama Parks and Recreation Department

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

Foss Park District

Foster City Parks & Recreation

Fox Crossing Parks & Recreation Department

Fox Valley Park District

Frankfort Park District

Franklin-Simpson Parks & Recreation

Freeport Park District

Gadsden Parks and Recreation

Galveston County

Genesee County Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry

Geneva Park District

Georgetown Parks and Recreation

Georgetown-Scott County Parks and Recreation

Glencoe Park District

Glenview Park District

Gloucester Parks, Recreation & Tourism

Golf Maine Park District

Gorham Parks & Recreation Department

Grand Vue Park

Grapevine Parks and Recreation

Grayslake Community Park District

Great Bend Recreation Commission

Great Neck Park District

Great Rivers Greenway

Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District

Greater Muhlenberg Parks and Rec

Groton Parks and Recreation

Guilford County

Gurnee Park District

Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation

Haltom City, Texas Parks & Recreation

Hancock Park District

Hannibal Parks & Recreation

Hanover County Parks and Recreation

Hanover Park District

Harford County Parks and Recreation

Harnett County Parks and Recreation

Harris County Precinct One Parks

Hartford VT Parks & Recreation

Havana Park District

Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Department

Hendersonville Parks and Recreation

Henrietta Parks and Recreation

Hermiston Parks & Recreation

Hesperia Recreation and Park District

Hickory Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism

Higginsville, MO Parks & Recreation

High Point Parks & Recreation, NC

Highland Parks & Recreation

Hilliard Recreation and Parks Department

Hobart Parks Department

Hoffman Estates Park District

Hollis Park District

Hopewell Recreation and Parks

Houston Parks and Recreation

Hudson Parks & Recreation Department

Huntersville Parks and Recreation

Hurricane City Leisure & Recreation

Hutchinson Minnesota Parks and Recreation

Hutch Rec.

Indiana County Parks & Trails

Indy Parks and Recreation

Ivins City Parks and Recreation

Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department

Jacksonville, Il. Parks and Lakes

Jaffrey NH Parks & Recreation Department

Jamestown, ND - Parks and Recreation

Jefferson City Parks & Recreation Department

Jefferson County Parks & Recreation Commission

Jefferson Township Parks and Recreation Department

Jennings County Parks & Recreation

Jerome Recreation District

Johnson City Parks & Recreation

Johnson County Park & Recreation District

Johnston County Parks, Greenways and OpenSpace

Jurupa Community Services District

Kankakee Valley Park District

Kansas City Parks and Recreation

Kansas State Parks

Kearney Park & Recreation

Keller Williams Realty Greensboro North

Kennebunk Parks & Recreation

Kennett Area Park and Recreation Board (KAPRB)

Kent Parks, Recreation & Community Services

Kenton County Parks & Recreation (KY)

Kernersville Parks & Recreation

King George Parks and Recreation

Kirkland Parks and Community Services

Kirksville Parks and Recreation

Kirkwood Parks and Recreation

Lake County Indiana Parks and Recreation Department

Lansdale Borough

Laumeier Sculpture Park

Lebanon Recreation & Parks

Lehi City Parks

Lenexa Parks and Recreation

Lenoir Parks & Recreation Department

Lewisburg, TN Parks and Recreation

Lewisville Parks & Recreation Department

Lexington Recreation and Community Programs

Liberty Parks & Rec

Lincoln County Parks and Recreation

Lisle Park District

Little Rock Parks & Recreation

Lockport Township Park District

Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation

Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Louisville Parks and Recreation

Lower Makefield Township, PA

Lower Paxton Township Parks & Recreation

Macomb Park District (Illinois)

Manchester Parks, Recreation & Cemeteries

Mansfield Parks and Recreation

Maplewood Parks and Recreation

Maricopa County Parks

Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission

Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks & Recreation

Mascoma Valley Parks & Recreation

Maury County Parks and Recreation

McPherson Park Department

Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department

Medford Parks, Recreation & Facilities

Medinah Park District

Metro Parks and Recreation of Nashville and Davidson County

MetroParks of Butler County

Metroparks Toledo

Middleton Public Lands, Recreation & Forestry

Middletown Township Parks and Recreation

Milford Recreation Department

Millis Recreation Department

Minot Park District

Mission Parks & Recreation

Missoula Parks and Recreation

Mokena Community Park District

Monroe County Parks

Montgomery County Parks and Recreation Dept.

Montour Area Recreation Commission

Montrose Recreation District

Mooresville Park & Recreation District

Morehead City Parks and Recreation Department

Morris Township Parks and Recreation

Morton Park District

Mount Vernon Recreation


Naperville Park District

Nelson County Parks and Recreation

Neptune Township Recreation

New Albany Parks and Recreation

New Bern Parks and Recreation

New Brighton Parks & Recreation

New Orleans City Park

New Ulm Park and Recreation

Newton Parks & Recreation

Norridge Park District

North Augusta Parks, Recreation, & Tourism

North Kansas City Parks and Recreation

North Tonawanda Youth, Recreation & Parks

Northern Lehigh Recreation Authority

Norway Maine Parks & Recreation

Norwell Recreation Department

Oak Brook Park District

Oak Lawn Park District

Oakland Beach & Rye Town Park

Oakland County Parks and Recreation

Oakland Parks, Recreation and Youth Development

Ocean County Department of Parks & Recreation

Ogden City Parks

Ohio Township Parks and Recreation

OKC Parks

Olympia Parks, Arts, & Recreation

Onondaga County Parks

Onslow County Parks and Recreation

Orange County Parks and Recreation

Orangevale Recreation & Park District

Oregon Park District

Owensboro Parks & Recreation

Paducah Parks and Recreation

Parish of Caddo Parks and Recreation

Park District of Forest Park

Park District of Franklin Park

Park District of Oak Park

Pasco County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources

Pataskala Parks and Recreation

Patterson Recreation & Community Services

Pender County Parks and Recreation

Peoria Park District

Perinton Recreation & Parks

Perkasie Borough Parks and Recreation

Person County Recreation, Arts, and Parks Department

Pierce County Parks

Pine Level Parks and Recreation

Pinehurst Parks and Recreation Department

Plainville Recreation Commission

Pleasant Hill Parks & Recreation

Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District

Plymouth Parks & Recreation

Portage Township Parks and Recreation

Portland, Maine Parks, Recreation, and Facilities Department

Prospect Heights Park District, IL

Quincy Park District

Quincy Recreation Department

Radnor Township Parks & Recreation

Readington Recreation

Recreational Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe

Redmond Area Park and Recreation District

Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Reidsville Parks and Recreation

River Trails Park District

Riverton City Government

Roanoke Parks and Recreation

Rolling Meadows Park District

Rose Hill Recreation Commission

Roselle Park District

Roseville Parks and Recreation

Rumson Recreation

Saint Peter Parks/Recreation & Leisure Services

Salisbury Township Recreation

Salt Creek Park District

San Jose Parks Foundation

Santa Clara County Parks

Santa Clara, Utah

Scotland County Parks and Recreation

Seattle Parks and Recreation

Seminole County Leisure Services

Shawnee County Parks + Recreation

Shawnee, Kansas Parks & Recreation Department

Shreveport Parks & Recreation

Shrewsbury Parks & Recreation

Si View Metropolitan Park District

Silver Spring Township Parks & Rec

Skokie Park District

Slippery Rock Area Parks & Recreation

Smithfield Parks & Recreation

Snohomish County Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department

Solon Iowa Parks and Recreation

Solon Parks and Recreation Department

South Burlington Recreation and Parks

South Kingstown Parks and Recreation

Southern Pines Recreation & Parks

Springettsbury Township Parks & Recreation

Springfield Park District

Springfield-Greene County Park Board

Stafford Recreation Commission

St. Clair County Parks and Recreation

Sterling Park District

Stratford CT Recreation

Streamwood Park District

Suffolk Parks and Recreation

Superior Township Parks & Recreation

Susquehanna Township Parks and Recreation

Tarpon Springs Recreation

Tellico Village Recreation Department

Temple Recreation Department

Tennessee State Parks

The City of Cibolo Parks and Recreation

The City of Frederick Parks & Recreation Department

The City of Wilmington Department of Parks & Recreation

The Morton Arboretum

The Town of Rye Park and Beach

Three Rivers Park District

Tinley Park-Park District

Tonganoxie Recreation Commission

Torrington Parks and Recreation Department

Town of Bethlehem, NY

Town of Bloomfield - Leisure Services

Town of Carbondale Parks & Recreation Department

Town of Carrabassett Valley Recreation Department

Town of Colchester Parks & Recreation Department (VT)

Town of Cornelius PARC Department

Town of Cramerton Parks and Recreation Department

Town of Davidson Parks & Recreation

Town of Durham Parks & Recreation Dept.

Town of Erie Parks and Recreation

Town of Erwin Parks and Recreation

Town of Exeter Parks and Recreation

Town of Fort Kent Recreation and Parks Department

Town of Greenville Parks, Recreation and Forestry

Town of Hope Mills Parks and Recreation Department

Town of Jamestown Parks & Recreation

Town of Kenly Parks & Recreation

Town of LaGrange Parks & Recreation

Town of Leland, North Carolina

Town of Lincoln - Parks and Recreation Department

Town of Marshville Park and Recreation

Town of Merrimack Parks & Recreation Department

Town of Mt. Pleasant Recreation and Parks

Town of Parma - Hilton-Parma Parks and Recreation

Town of Plattsburgh Parks & Recreation

Town of Plymouth - Parks

Town of Prescott Valley

Town of Siler City Parks and Recreation Department

Town of Skowhegan Parks & Recreation

Town of Southwest Ranches

Town of Stallings, North Carolina

Town of Superior Colorado

Town of Superior, Colorado Parks, Recreation and Open Space

Town of Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks & Recreation

Town of Vienna Parks & Recreation, VA

Town of Wakefield

Town of Wells Parks & Recreation Department

Town of Wickenburg Parks, Recreation and Facilities

Town of Woodbury Parks and Recreation Department

Town of Zebulon Parks & Recreation

Township of Byram

Township of Piscataway Recreation

Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District

Tucson Parks and Recreation

Tukwila Parks and Recreation

Turner County Parks & Recreation

Turner Recreation Commission

Upper Arlington Parks & Recreation

Upper Merion Township Parks & Recreation

Urbana Park District

Valdese Parks and Recreation Department

Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District

Valparaiso Indiana Parks

Vancouver Parks and Recreation; Vancouver, Washington

Vandalia Parks & Recreation Department

Venice Park District

Vermilion City Parks Department

Vernon Hills Park District

Village of Cross Plains

Village of Elm Grove

Village of Lake in the Hills

Village of Maple Bluff

Village of Park Forest Recreation, Parks & Community Health

Village of South Elgin Parks & Recreation Department

Vincennes Parks and Recreation Department

Walla Walla Parks & Recreation

Warminster Township Parks & Recreation

Warren County Parks and Recreation Department

Warrenville Park District

Washington County

Washington County, MD Parks and Recreation

Washington Park District - Washington, IL

Washington Township Recreation Center

Washington, MO Parks & Recreation

Waukegan Park District

Waukesha County Parks

Waxhaw Parks & Recreation Department

Waynesboro Parks and Recreation

Wellsboro Department of Parks & Recreation

West Chicago Park District

West Fargo Park District

West Lafayette Parks and Recreation

West Springfield Park and Recreation Department

West St Paul Parks & Recreation

Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation

Wheeling Park District

Widefield Parks and Recreation

Wilbraham Parks & Recreation Department

Willamalane Park and Recreation District

Willington Parks & Recreation

Williston Parks & Recreation District

Williston Recreation & Parks

Wilmette Park District

Windham Parks and Recreation

Winfield Recreation Commission

Winnetka Park District

Wood Dale Park District

Woodridge Park District

Wrangell Parks & Recreation

Wyandotte County/Kansas City Parks and Recreation

Yancey County Parks & Recreation

Additional Supporters

1% for the Planet

7 Lakes Alliance

8 80 Cities


Agassiz Environmental Learning Center

Aishling Forest School

Akron Parks Collaborative

Alabama Recreation and Parks Association

Alabama State Parks

All Star Graphics

Allegheny Trail Alliance

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Alliance for Childhood

America Walks

American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration

American Canyon Community and Parks Foundation

American Hiking Society

American Institute of Architects

American Public Health Association

American Society of Landscape Architects

American Trails

America's State Parks

Amherst NH Parks and Recreation Department

Ariel Foundation Park

Arizona Association for Environmental Education

Arizona Heritage Alliance

Arizona Parks and Recreation Association

Arkansas Environmental Education Association

Arkansas Recreation and Parks Association

Association of Nature Center Administrators

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD)

Audubon Naturalist Society

Avid4 Adventure

Balboa Park Conservancy

BCI Burke


Billion Oyster Project

Bismarck Recreation Council

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota 

Boone County Conservation District

Boston Society of Landscape Architects

Brambleton Community Association

Brio2 Solutions

Britton Industries Inc.

Brown People Camping

Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

California Bicycle Coalition

California Invasive Plant Council

California Mountain Biking Coalition

California Outdoor Engagement Coalition

California Park & Recreation Society

California ReLeaf

California State Parks Foundation


Camp Ocean Pines

Camp Unalayee

Capital Region Land Conservancy

Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Casey Community Center

Chandler Park Conservancy

Charles River Conservancy

Chattanooga Audubon Society at Audubon Acres

Cheyenne Greenway Foundation

Children & Nature Network

Choose Outdoors

City of Colorado Springs

City Parks Alliance

City Parks Foundation


Colorado Public Health/Parks & Recreation Collaborative

Conejo Open Space Foundation

Connecticut Recreations and Parks Association, Inc.

County Park Friends - Santa Cruz


Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve

Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association

Crowder Lake University Park

David Brower Center

Denton Parks Foundation

Department of Adventure Education, Fort Lewis College (Durango, CO)

Department of Recreation Administration CSU Fresno

Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences

Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism at the University of Illinois

Detroit Greenways Coalition

Disabled Sports USA

Discovery Park Community Alliance

Dog Park Concepts and Consulting, Inc.

Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy

Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning

Dr. Brandy N. Kelly Pryor

Dragonfly Trails Network


Earth Discovery Institute

East Coast Greenway Alliance

Echo Canyon River Expeditions

Elevate Youth

Elings Park Foundation

Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Environmental Learning Center

Environmental Volunteers

envision SYNERGY

Esplanade Association

Explore Kentucky Initiative

Fairmount Park Conservancy

Fantasy Sport Research Specialists

FAU ELRM Adult Community Education

First Descents

Florida Recreation and Park Association, Inc.

Flybird Experience

Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club

Friends of Cascade Springs Nature Preserve, Inc.

Friends of Fort Lawton Historic District

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks

Friends of Patterson Park

Friends of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands

Friends of the Wissahickon

Friends of Washington Grove Inc.

Fryeburg Recreation Dept.

Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association

Georgia Recreation and Park Association

Gerber Leisure Products

Get Outdoors Nevada




Grapevine Parks and Recreation

Green Halo Scholars

Greenfields Outdoor Fitness

Greening Youth Foundation



Greensboro Downtown Parks, Inc.

Greenways for Nashville

Guadalupe River Park Conservancy

Harris County Precinct 2

Health & Technology Partners

Healthy Networks Design and Research

Highlands Center for Natural History

Hike for Life

Hills For Everyone

Hunterdon Land Trust

Idaho Business for the Outdoors

Illinois Association of Park Districts

Illinois Park and Recreation Association

Indian American CEO Council (IACEO)

Indiana Park & Recreation Assoc.

Indiana University Outdoor Adventures

Indianapolis Greenways Partnership

Inland Northwest Land Conservancy

Institute for Urban Parks

International Bird Rescue

International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA)

Iowa Bicycle Coalition


Jesse Martineau Productions

John Balicki & Associates, LLC

Journal of Leisure Research


Kansas Recreation and Park Association

Kennett Area Park Authority

Kentucky Recreation and Park Society

Killen Park, Killen, AL

Lake Corriher Wilderness Park

Landscape Structures

Linn County Conservation Board

Literacy for Environmental Justice

Los Angeles River State Park Partners

Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy

Louisville Parks Foundation

Magnolia Park/Pineview Place Civic Club - Houston

Maine Audubon

Maine Huts & Trails

Maine Recreation and Parks Association

Marine Park Alliance

Maryland Recreation and Parks Association

Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association

McHenry County Conservation District

Memorial Park Conservancy


Michigan Recreation and Park Association

MIG, Inc.

Mississippi Park Connection

Mississippi Recreation and Park Association

Missouri Park and Recreation Association

Mon River Trails Conservancy

Mount Royal Park - Les Amis de la Montagne

National AfterSchool Association

National Association for Olmsted Parks

National Association of Park Foundations

National Bike to School Day

National Institute on Out-of-School Time

National Playground Contractors Association, Inc. (NCPAI)

National Wildlife Federation

Natural Lands

Natural Learning Initiative, College of Design, NC State University

NC Friends of State Parks

NC Recreation & Park Association

NC Recreation Resources Service

Nevada Recreation and Park Society

New Jersey Audubon

New Jersey Recreation and Park Association

New Mexico Recreation and Park Association


Nike Sports Complex, Naperville, Illinois

Noqueman Trail Network

North American Association for Environmental Education

North Florida Land Trust

Northland College Outdoor Education Department

Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT)

Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation

Ohio Parks and Recreation Association

Okefenokee Swamp Park

Outdoor Chattanooga

Outdoor Play Canada



PA Forest Coalition

Park People / Amis des Parcs

Park Pride

Park Pro Playgrounds

Park Rx America

ParkPro Tek

Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, University of Utah

Partners for Parks

Pathfinder Ranch

Pease Park Conservancy

Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation

Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society


Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever

Physical Activity Research Center

Piedmont Park Conservancy

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy


Polk County Conservation

Prescott College

Preservation Parks of Delaware County, Ohio

PROS Consulting

R.J. Thomas Mfg. Co./Pilot Rock

Recreation Administration Degree - Humboldt State University

Recreation Management Program

Recreation Resource Management


Rino Consulting Solutions

River Heritage Conservancy

Road Runners Club of America

Rock Creek Conservancy

Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

Sacramento State Aquatic Center

Safe Routes Partnership

San Diego Mountain Biking Association

San Jose Parks Advocates

SASAKI Associates

Seed Your Future

Shelby Farms Park Conservancy

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Philadelphia, PA

Sierra Club

Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge Series

Skulski Consulting

South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association

South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association

South Portland Land Trust

Southern Conservation Trust

Sports and Fitness Industry Association

Sports Backers


Sunshine House Early Learning Academy

Sustainable SITES Initiative

Take Care Tahoe

Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group

Teens to Trails

Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association

Texas Recreation and Park Society

The Academy of Leisure Sciences

The Cultural Landscape Foundation

The Currituck Club POA

The Davey Tree Expert Company

The Keystone Concept

The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County

The New York State Recreation and Park Society

The Physical Activity Research Center (PARC)

The Trail Foundation

The Trust for Public Land

The Wildlands Conservancy

The Willow School


Trails Society of BC

Tri-Town Young Men's Christian Association

Trout Lake Nature Center

Twig & Thread Consulting

U.S. Green Building Council

Untamed Mainer

Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation

Utah Recreation and Parks Association

Utah Society for Environmental Education

Vermont Recreation & Parks Association

Vermont Systems

Virginia Recreation and Park Society

Vista Outdoor

Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department


Water Environment Federation

Waterfront Alliance

Waterloo Greenway

Web of Life Field (WOLF) School

West Virginia Recreation and Park Association

Western Foothills Land Trust


Wilderness Inquiry

Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association (WPRA)

Wolf River Greenway / Wolf River Conservancy

World Urban Parks

Wyoming Alliance for Environmental Education

Wyoming Recreation and Parks Association

YES Nature to Neighborhoods

YMCA of San Francisco

YMCA of the USA

Youth Outside

Zeager Bros., Inc.

Zelienople Community Park

Note, we've updated our language to say "physical distancing" instead of "social distancing" as it is a more accurate description and is the term recommended by the World Health Organization. Keeping physical distance is essential for mitigating the spread of COVID-19, but that doesn't mean we have to socially disconnect from one another.

About the National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all people have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit