Joint Use Toolkit
Many communities lack safe, adequate places for children to play. Although they have a variety of recreational facilities, many school districts close their property to the public after hours because of concerns about vandalism, maintenance, and liability. Through a joint use agreement, your city or county can partner with the school district to address these concerns and open these playgrounds.
Our toolkit, Playing Smart: Maximizing the Potential of School and Community Property through Joint Use Agreements, shares what we have learned from successful agreements, offering guidelines and templates for other communities looking to expend their access to school recreational facilities.
- Download Playing Smart: Maximizing the Potential of School and Community Property through Joint Use Agreements
- Chapter 1: Demonstrates the link between poor health and limited access to recreational facilities and introduces the concept of joint use.
- Chapter 2: Provides a step by step checklist for negotiating and developing joint agreements.
- Chapter 3: Highlights the negotiation and implementation of joint use agreements across several communities.
- Chapter 4: Presents an overview of common strategies for financing joint use agreements.
- Chapter 5: Provides guidance on basic liability principles and overcoming hurdles.
- Chapter 6: Offers strategies for relationship building and handling issues related to scheduling and maintenance.
- Appendix 1: PHLP Model Joint Use Agreements
- Appendix 2: Model Joint Use Resolution
- Appendix 3: Sample Agreements
Joint use case studies
Niagara Falls, New York
Through the use of four joint use agreements, the City of Niagara Falls, New York, improved the quality of outdated courts and partnered with community groups to provide programming for youth and adults that fosters community engagement.
Santa Clarita, California
Partnering together, the William S. Hart Union High School District and The Boys & Girls Club worked to construct and share a 27,000-square-foot facility that serves to support a growing student population.
In an effort to create more green spaces for the children of Boston, Massachusetts, the Boston Schoolyard Initiative partnered with city schools to create playgrounds that serve as play and educational spaces.
The City of Hernando, Mississippi, utilizes joint use agreements to open school facilities, build and grow sports leagues, and give residents access to recreational facilities throughout the year.
A partnership formed between the City of Greenbelt and Greenbelt Homes Inc. provided an opportunity to create joint use agreements between the city and homeowners associations allowing broader public access to non-city-owned playgrounds.
Leveraging existing resources to address a park deficit, the City of Tucson, Arizona, set a goal to ensure that there is a park or playspace within walking distance of every resident.