Resources for Park and Recreation Professionals

With help from our members and research partners, we make the following resources and tools available to equip parks and recreation departments, municipalities, urban design and landscape architecture firms, and advocacy organizations to enhance capacity and build equitable, healthy, and engaged communities.

  • Policy

    Virginia Beach Essential Services Child Care Guidelines for Staff

    City of VA Beach

    The City of Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Department offers free child care services to designated personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Technical Tool

    Park Signage: Please Keep 6 Feet Apart

    Virginia Beach Parks & Rec

    Signage that reminds people to practice social distancing by keeping six feet apart.

  • Technical Tool

    Park Signage: Please Wait Here

    Virginia Beach Parks & Rec

    Signage that asks people to "Please Wait Here" to practice social distancing during the pandemic.

  • Policy

    Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    As public aquatic venues open, CDC offers considerations for safety for those who operate, manage, and use public pools and water playgrounds.

  • Policy

    Policy Regarding Disposition of Urban Park Land and Open Space

    City Parks Alliance

    Policy to protect, preserve and enhance urban parks, recreation areas and open space in every community to ensure no net loss of such resources.

  • Policy

    Infrastructure Principles: Parks are Infrastructure

    City Parks Alliance

    Parks are essential infrastructure and require investment to meet 21st-century challenges and function as green infrastructure.

  • Member Exclusive

    Draft Resolution Prepared by Anchorage Park Foundation for Assembly Consideration

    Municipality of Anchorage

    Draft resolution of Anchorage Municipal Assembly supporting non-motorized transportation efforts in the 2020 Federal Transportation Reauthorization

  • Technical Tool

    Park Signs: Visiting the Park? Keep Six Feet Apart!

    Memphis River Parks Partnership

    COVID-19 social distancing signage.

  • Technical Tool

    Infographics | COVID-19: Be Smart. Do Your Part.

    Montgomery County Parks & Rec

    Various COVID-19 related signs meant to educate park visitors on safe ways to access and use park facilities.

  • Case Study

    Healthy Aging at the Older Americans Center

    Older Americans Center, Jasper, IN

    A single fitness class started over 30 years ago has led to a thriving, full-time exercise program focused solely on residents age 55 and up.