Equity

Historic Plantation Reimagined in Mecklenburg County

Latta Nature Preserve is a 1,460-acre passive recreation park that protects significant natural resources and provides water quality protection for Mountain Island Lake.

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Operationalizing Equity: Oakland's Town Camp

J. Nicholas Williams Sr. had two priorities as director of Oakland Parks, Recreation and Youth Development: neutralize disparities and laser focus on Oakland youth.

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Rethinking and More Broadly Defining Access to Green Spaces

Parks are treasured landscapes that have provided countless people with the opportunity to make a direct connection with nature.

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Putting Equity Into Action

To better support members in seeing difference as a strength, NRPA is working to create opportunities for professionals to learn and practice.

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Equity in Parks, Recreation and Aquatics

Changing the narrative by building equity and understanding within the field.

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Becoming an Equitable and Just Organization

While systemic racism impacts all corners of our society, we must not forget that people create systems.

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Building a Framework for Equity Into Park Systems

Understand the general framework that can facilitate the creation of a more equitable parks system.

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Getting Girls and Women Into the Game for a Lifetime of Success

Girls playing sports attain higher levels of education, are healthier mentally and physically, and even earn higher wages as adults, compared to non-athlete peers.

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Creating Awareness About Youth Sports Equity

NRPA developed goals and principles that guide how we collaborate with park and recreation professionals to ensure all youth have the opportunity, motivation and access to play sports.

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Fostering Inclusion Through Words

NRPA’s Equity Action Plan connects our commitment to centering equity and our strategic direction of Preparing Professionals for the Future with our value of continuous learning.

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Public Accessibility for Transgender Populations

Parks and recreation has a responsibility to ensure that all people are respected and have access to the amenities, services and environments afforded to dominant groups.

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Forging Pathways to Park and Green Space Equity

Prevention Institute's new study lays out three key dimensions of producing more equitable outcomes in the park and green space arena.

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Are We Building People — or Just Running Programs?

If we are to convince a wider audience of the great worth of our indispensable services — and, in turn, influence higher funding by decision-makers — we must deliver whole goods.

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Paws and Recreation: Creating Inclusion With Service Dogs

Service dogs are “task trained” dogs (of any breed) that enhance the ability of a person to participate in everyday opportunities.

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Giving a Voice to LGBTQ+ Older Adults of Color

LGBTQ+ people of color exist at the intersection of many simultaneous identities that are rarely captured in case studies, retention efforts, and program or policy reform.

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Bicultural Marketing and Closing the Gap

Equitable marketing is achievable and is proven only if an organization can close the gap in its community’s customer journey.

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Using Virtual Volunteering to Engage Diverse Communities

Park professionals and land managers from across the country are beginning to turn to virtual volunteer activities to connect diverse audiences to their public land sites.

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The Path Forward: Equity at the Center of City Park Investment

Parks will play an essential role in the economic recovery of our nation and in addressing inequities in our cities.

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Staging a New ACT

All our advocacy needs to be supported by education, documentation, data and sound reasoning.

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Making Community Youth Sports Fair and Accessible for Girls, Once and for All

Park and recreation professionals and agencies can play a major role in ensuring that girls have equitable access to sports opportunities.

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More Parks, Longer Lives

Recent data from the Los Angeles, California, region provides insights for park agencies across the country.

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Mixed-Method Evaluations Paint a Park Equity Portrait

While evaluation requires a basic understanding of the principles of study design, sampling and analysis, it is an art gained through practice employing a suite of complementary mixed methods.

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Painting the Way to an Equitable Built Environment Through Public Art

For the city of Perris, California, public art was one of the missing elements in developing equitable opportunities to support a built environment that boosts economic vitality and celebrates the diverse culture in the city.

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Creating Equitable Access to Physical Activity for Youth

Unfortunately, inequity is profoundly present in organized sports. Racial, economic and geographic disparities in access to sports and recreation had already created wide opportunity gaps and health inequities for many youth. This global health crisis is exacerbating those disparities.

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Nature Must Be Accessible to All

Now, more than ever, the benefits of breathing freely in nature must be accessible to all.

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Supporting the LGBTQ+ Community Through Parks and Recreation

Because June is LGTBQ+ Pride Month, it allows us the perfect opportunity to consider how we can better serve our LGBTQ+ family, friends and neighbors.

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Is COVID-19 Uncovering Park Inequities?

There are several communities that have historically lacked access to parks and continue to remain disconnected in a time when getting outdoors is one of the few permissible activities.

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Reinvigorating the Dialogue on Conservation and Social Equity

Quality communities and the ability to stay in them support the vision of social equity. This mindset recognizes that we are all part of a larger ecosystem whose components are intricately connected.

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Who Can Access the Greenway?

Researchers examine whether neighborhoods with different demographic and socioeconomic statuses have equal access to greenways.

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Addressing Social Equity Through Teen Programming

Teen programming that focuses on developing job skills and instilling organizational values is the foundation for creating a recruitment pipeline.

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Advocacy and the Changing Attitudes Toward Disability

A recent study abroad program focuses on people with disabilities and how those without disabilities now perceive them.

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Community Engagement Best Practices

These NRPA resources help agencies increase engagement, equity and inclusion.

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A Rising Tide: Social Equity in Baltimore's Parks

The Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks and other city agencies are working to establish goals and metrics to ensure all residents have access to similar resources throughout the city.

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Interpretive Signs and Programs

Through interpretive signs and programs, NOVA Parks is informing residents about its community’s history.

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Parks Build Community 2019

The renovated Catherine Street Park, this year’s Parks Build Community project, will provide community residents with outdoor opportunities to play and socialize.

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‘BRIDGE-ing’ the Gap

The BRIDGE (bonding, realism, identity, dreams, goal setting and exposure) Program aims to help young people, particularly young men of color, overcome obstacles and begin to unlock their full potential.

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This Pride Month Make a Commitment to Being LGBTQ Affirming

People who identify as LGBTQ are already coming to your facilities and even more want to, so making affirming changes will help them feel more welcomed.

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Multicultural Marketing

As the country’s demographics shift to a minority-majority status, what marketing strategies should you employ to market to your increasingly diverse communities?

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Our Nation’s Demographic Shift

In a nation that is quickly becoming a majority-minority, the park and recreation industry can be a leader in establishing inclusive practices that enhance the well-being of all Americans.

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Connecting Residents with Local Parks and Government Through Educational Partnerships

Parks and recreation can play a substantial role in how everyone in a community learns and how that learning can impact the community.

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Introducing the Parks for Inclusion Policy Guide, Because Everyone Is Welcome at Parks

Learn about NRPA’s best practices guide for developing an inclusion policy to foster an environment where everyone feels welcomed, safe and respected.

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Breaking Ground in Baltimore for Parks Build Community 2019

President of Friends of ABC Park, the new Parks Build Community project, discusses what keeps him motivated to volunteer every day after 17 years.

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An Unforeseen Catalyst, an Opportunity for Change

New York City is continuing to transform former industrial waterfronts into publicly accessible spaces.

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Building More Inclusive, Healthy Places

The intentionality of how you plan, design and measure is critical for building more inclusive and healthy places.

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California’s Prop 68

A primer for infusing diversity and equity into public policy.

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Social Equity, Parks and Gentrification

There is a concern that park investments can lead to displacement of existing residents by attracting new, wealthier residents and increasing property values, a process called gentrification.

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Pride in Parks

Celebrating and engaging the LGBTQ community...

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Bridging the Digital Divide — Free Wi-Fi in Parks

Since public parks typically are free and easily accessible, they represent a great means of bridging the digital divide.

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Changing the Narrative

Increasing diversity and inclusion on public lands has never been more important than it is today. If the upcoming generation does not feel connected to public lands, then it won’t cherish and protect them in the ways previous generations have.

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‘Creating Good Citizens’

Dreamers, DACA and immigrants use parks, schools, soccer and sports to build community

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