The public supports their local parks and recreation and schools sharing outdoor open spaces for increased recreation opportunities. School amenities, such as playgrounds, sports fields and open spaces, are often inaccessible to the public outside of school hours. More than four in five U.S. adults say it is important for their local parks and recreation and schools to partner for increased access. Parents are especially in favor of this partnership.

Key Findings:

  • Eighty-two percent of U.S. adults say it is important that their local schools and park and recreation agencies partner to ensure equitable access to open spaces.
  • Sixty-one percent of U.S. adults say it is extremely important or very important that their local schools and park and recreation agencies partner to ensure equitable access to open spaces.
  • Seventy-three percent of parents say it is extremely important or very important that their local schools and park and recreation agencies partner to ensure equitable access to open spaces.
  • Seventy percent of millennials and 64 percent of Gen Zers say it is extremely important or very important that their local schools and park and recreation agencies partner to ensure equitable access to open spaces.


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