The intentionality of how you plan, design and measure is critical for building more inclusive and healthy places.
A primer for infusing diversity and equity into public policy.
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.
Celebrating and engaging the LGBTQ community...
Since public parks typically are free and easily accessible, they represent a great means of bridging the digital divide.
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.
Dreamers, DACA and immigrants use parks, schools, soccer and sports to build community
Learn how Seattle, Portland and Minneapolis, all exemplary park departments, have successfully shifted their approach from mere inclusivity to racial equity.
LGBTQ visitors celebrate diversity, education and conservation in Yellowstone National Park.
The U.S.-Mexico border wall threatens marginalized communities and endangered species, and embodies hate and divisiveness.
The Next 100 Coalition seeks green justice in the neighborhoods where people of color and low income live, learn, work, play, pray and age.
Our nation was founded on the ideal that all of us are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Government agencies and recipients of public funding must distribute the L.A. River revitalization benefits and burdens fairly for all residents.
In Prince George’s County, Maryland, more than 130,000 residents struggle to get the food they need.
Under the Trump administration’s executive order to review national monuments designated since 1996, the U.S. Department of the Interior identified 27 monuments that could be scaled back or even eliminated.
Cultivating the affirming inclusive approach to park and recreation policies and practices.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's report, titled Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity, outlines strategies to advance health equity across the country
In order to effectively address the underrepresentation of people of color in the outdoors, it's necessary to consider the unique barriers different communities experience.
Some essential elements for successful small public spaces located near people, particularly in poor neighborhoods.
Some steps to mitigate unconscious bias at the individual, institutional and industrywide level.
A fatal police shooting prompts dialogue between a community and its law enforcement.
What's required when creating adaptable, innovative, healthy communities, particularly those in which healing needs to occur.
A space to call their own
Youth in a north-Toledo neighborhood convert a public park that held a history of racism into an outdoor gallery and recreational space and help transform their community.
Community input and a deft design help reimagine a challenging space in Pittsburgh's historic Hill District as a universally accessible park.
The organization's policy priorities were selected for the coming year.
When the criteria and process for park funding measures are clearly defined, funds are spent according to voter-approved priorities.
Instilling confidence and changing lives through dance.
What can we do to extend opportunities for participation in parks and recreation to a broader spectrum of society, including more racially and economically diverse Americans?
The National Park Services calls on Congress to expand the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and provide urban populations with easy access to its resources.
Residents of Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood worked for 15 years to reclaim and restore blighted property in their community and transform it into a vibrant local park.
Working for racial equity is to the collective benefit of members of the parks and recreation field, as well as to humanity in general.
Pico Rivera Park and Recreation’s Veterans History Project brings teens and seniors together and helps to preserve important oral histories.
Pope Francis's first encyclical highlights importance of "integral" ecology, which takes into account human ecology as well as natural ecology.
Targeted teen programming at Carver Park teaches healthy skills and behaviors to last a lifetime.
How can the EPA help to improve access to parks and recreation and the health, environment and resiliency of communities of color and low income communities?
Transformational change is necessary to modernize the environmental, climate and health movements.
NRPA’s Director of Strategic Health Initiatives Zarnaaz Bashir, MPH, interviews PolicyLink’s Mildred Thompson and Victor Rubin for a discussion about health equity.
Austin Youth River Watch helps at-risk teens develop critical life skills and a lasting commitment to environmental stewardship.
Thoughtful consideration of cultural differences can have a big impact when it comes to increasing access equity in parks and recreation.
The independent Parks Forward Commission in California is calling for transformational change to diversify access to and support for state parks.
Do enduring, but perhaps incorrect, perceptions of the park and recreation industry contribute to a lack of diversity across the field?
A Michigan program offers recreation opportunities for special-needs individuals.
The designation of a national monument in the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California is expected to have significant impacts on equity in access to open land.
A South Dakota public lands partnership offers physically challenged hunters accessible opportunities for shooting sports.
A playground made especially for seniors at Carbide Park in LaMarque, Texas, aims to help aging residents improve their agility, mobility and coordination.
Docks at Glenn Cunningham Lake in Omaha, Nebraska, are outfitted for accessibility, allowing visitors with physical disabilities to easily take to the water without additional support.
Parks in Vancouver seek to welcome and serve people all along the gender spectrum.
An Easter egg hunt for people with intellectual disabilities offers collaborative opportunities for local agencies and brings the community together.
Fairfax County Park Authority’s Combo Classic in Virginia is an annual tournament that pairs able-bodied golfers with those who have physical or cognitive disabilities.
A leading researcher in parks and recreation shares his health findings based on a study on park access in South Carolina.