Advocating for Open Use/Shared Use Spaces in Schools
Georgia kids need more places to play, especially in communities of need.
Access to school recreation facilities — playgrounds, fields, pools, etc. — are a big part of the solution to boost physical activity, reduce obesity, and improve overall health among our families.
Two types of policies can help:
- An “open use policy” allows schools to formally grant community access to their facilities after school hours and set up roles and rights for all.
- A “shared use agreement” is a formal contract between a school and another group that allows the sharing of school facilities for the public after hours.
Local PTAs are in a unique position to mobilize parents to support “open use” and “shared use” policies and push those topics among school leaders.
Here’s what you can do now:
Download a free sample letter that you can email, as a local PTA, to your local district leaders asking them to create an Open Use Policy to open school rec facilities after hours.
Adapt these model policies for your local usage:
Follow the inspirational steps of these Salud America! Salud Heroes of shared use:
- Teamwork Brings Shared Use Agreements and New Park to Earlimart, California
- School Adds Public “Spark Park” in San Antonio, Texas
- Foster Mom Mobilizes Effort to Save Pool in Low-Income Minneapolis Neighborhood