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 for Inclusion

Parks for Inclusion

NRPA is dedicated to ensuring that all people have access to the benefits of local parks and recreation. To achieve this, NRPA has made a formal commitment to the Partnership for Inclusive Health’s Commit to Inclusion initiative. We’re calling our three-year pledge Parks for Inclusion.

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Parks Build Community

Parks Build Community

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. 

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Park Improvements

Park Improvements

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. 

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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


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Social Equity Poster

Advocating for safe and equal access to parks and recreation for all. It’s a right, not a privilege.

Download a PDF copy of our Social Equity poster to display at your agency or share with the public.

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