Developing an Inclusion Policy

As local park and recreation agencies work to create healthy, connected and resilient communities, it’s imperative that facilities, spaces and places are open, welcoming and engaging to all community members. Creating and adopting a formal inclusion policy is a great way to ensure that your park and recreation facilities, programs and activities are accessible, welcoming and inclusive.

NRPA has developed a set of resources designed to guide agencies in creating and implementing inclusive policies in local parks and recreation.

What are the NRPA Inclusion Resources?

Guidelines for Developing an Inclusion Policy

  • Why inclusion in parks and recreation matters
  • Why it’s important to have a policy in place
  • How to engage staff and the community in developing a policy
  • How to ensure your policy is sustainable within your agency

Inclusion Policy Template – Guide to help you develop your unique inclusion policy.

Parks for Inclusion Vision Stand – A tool that can be used to identify the needs and strengths of individual communities, and how an inclusion policy can be leveraged.


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