Use shared use agreements to increase recreational opportunities

Cities can partner with school districts or other public entities to share the costs and responsibilities of building and maintaining park and recreation facilities. A common example is a joint use agreement that makes school grounds available to city residents during non-school hours.

Examples of Local Policies

Collaborative Agreement between City of Corvallis and 509J School Districts for shared use of school grounds for community residents.


Opening School Grounds to the Community After Hours: Increasing Physical Activity Through Joint Use Agreements. ChangeLab Solutions. 2010. This toolkit helps communities and school districts work together to develop joint use agreements increasing access to recreational facilities on school grounds.

Model Joint Use Agreement Resources: Increasing Physical Activity by Opening Up School Grounds. National Policy and Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity. 2012.

Shared Use of School and Community Facilities. Safe Routes to School National Partnership.