Social Equity

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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Applying a Racial Equity Lens to Our Parks

Learn how Seattle, Portland and Minneapolis, all exemplary park departments, have successfully shifted their approach from mere inclusivity to racial equity.

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Being 'OUT' in the Outdoors

LGBTQ visitors celebrate diversity, education and conservation in Yellowstone National Park.

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Protect People, Wildlife, Places and Values, Stop the Border Wall

The U.S.-Mexico border wall threatens marginalized communities and endangered species, and embodies hate and divisiveness.

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Reimagining Conservation: The Next 100 Years

The Next 100 Coalition seeks green justice in the neighborhoods where people of color and low income live, learn, work, play, pray and age.

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Whitewashing the Los Angeles River? Gente-fication not Gentrification

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.

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The Empty Bowls Soup Tale

In Prince George’s County, Maryland, more than 130,000 residents struggle to get the food they need.

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Stop the Interior Department's Monumental Mistake

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.

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Promoting LGBT Inclusion and Awareness in Programs and Facilities

Cultivating the affirming inclusive approach to park and recreation policies and practices.

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Reducing Health Disparities and Promoting Health Equity

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

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From Sea to Shining Sea: Improving Equitable Access to Public Lands for All

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.

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Public Spaces and Social Equity

Some essential elements for successful small public spaces located near people, particularly in poor neighborhoods.

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Unconscious Bias in Parks and Recreation

Some steps to mitigate unconscious bias at the individual, institutional and industrywide level.

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Starting a Difficult Conversation

A fatal police shooting prompts dialogue between a community and its law enforcement.

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Design, Place and Indigenous Ways: Working with Local Communities

What's required when creating adaptable, innovative, healthy communities, particularly those in which healing needs to occur.

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Restorative Healing at Youth Visions Reflection Park

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.

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Universal Accessibility Infuses Pittsburgh’s August Wilson Park

Community input and a deft design help reimagine a challenging space in Pittsburgh's historic Hill District as a universally accessible park.

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GreenLatinos Host Historic National Summit at Grand Teton National Park

The organization's policy priorities were selected for the coming year.

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Improving Park Funding Measures to Achieve Smarter Equitable Investments

When the criteria and process for park funding measures are clearly defined, funds are spent according to voter-approved priorities.

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Diversifying for the Benefit of People and Parks

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?

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NPS Rim of the Valley Stretches Park Access and Habitat Connections

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.

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Latino Residents Champion for Green Justice in Little Village

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.

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Racial Equity in Parks and Recreation

Working for racial equity is to the collective benefit of members of the parks and recreation field, as well as to humanity in general.

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Voices Remembered

Pico Rivera Park and Recreation’s Veterans History Project brings teens and seniors together and helps to preserve important oral histories.

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Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’ Encyclical: A Letter to the World on ‘Integral Ecology’

Pope Francis's first encyclical highlights importance of "integral" ecology, which takes into account human ecology as well as natural ecology.

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Equity in Agency

Targeted teen programming at Carver Park teaches healthy skills and behaviors to last a lifetime.

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The EPA and Parks, Environmental Justice and the Disposable of Society

 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? 

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Diversifying Mainstream Environmental Groups Is Not Enough

 Transformational change is necessary to modernize the environmental, climate and health movements. 

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Healthy Communities of Opportunity: An Interview with Mildred Thompson and Victor Rubin

NRPA’s Director of Strategic Health Initiatives Zarnaaz Bashir, MPH, interviews PolicyLink’s Mildred Thompson and Victor Rubin for a discussion about health equity. 

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Rescued on a River

Austin Youth River Watch helps at-risk teens develop critical life skills and a lasting commitment to environmental stewardship. 

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Addressing Equity in Park Use

Thoughtful consideration of cultural differences can have a big impact when it comes to increasing access equity in parks and recreation.

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Parks Forward for All

The independent Parks Forward Commission in California is calling for transformational change to diversify access to and support for state parks.

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The Park and Recreation Profession: Socially or Financially Alluring for Diversity?

Do enduring, but perhaps incorrect, perceptions of the park and recreation industry contribute to a lack of diversity across the field?

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Sunday is Fun Day

A Michigan program offers recreation opportunities for special-needs individuals.

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The San Gabriel Mountains: A National Monument for All

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.

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Back in the Game

A South Dakota public lands partnership offers physically challenged hunters accessible opportunities for shooting sports.

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Not Your Toddler’s Playground

A playground made especially for seniors at Carbide Park in LaMarque, Texas, aims to help aging residents improve their agility, mobility and coordination.

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Recreational Rehabilitation

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. 

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Parks for All

Parks in Vancouver seek to welcome and serve people all along the gender spectrum.

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Egg-Ceptional Ideas

An Easter egg hunt for people with intellectual disabilities offers collaborative opportunities for local agencies and brings the community together.

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Golfers Overcome Disabilities to Compete in Unique Tournament

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.

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