Innovation Labs Logo

What Parks and Recreation Can Do About Equity

Portland, Oregon
August 2016

NRPA and thought leaders from both inside and outside the field gathered recently for an interactive event designed to help us better understand how park design, policy implementation and program development can influence the way communities are served, the diversity of the workforce and how Portland has actively and continuously worked to engage community members to create better, more equitable outcomes.


What Was Learned:

  • How cities and agencies across the country are working to address racial and economic disparities.
  • How Portland has designed policies and programs to better serve residents.
  • How park and recreation leaders and residents collaborated on effective community engagement strategies.
  • View the event agenda.
  • Webinar: Making Community Connections (September 8, 2016)


Presentations and Materials:


Other Resources:


Photo Gallery

View photos from the Portland event below!



Learn more about NRPA Innovation Labs.


Portland, OR Innovation Lab Sponsors



News Stories

8.9.22Top Story

How parks and rec can best help homeless people

8.9.22Around the Country

Lifeguard shortage forces pools, beaches to close early

8.9.22Around the Country

New Orleans greenway realizes potential with groups' help