Resources

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.

  • Report

    2020 Menino Survey of Mayors

    Boston University Initiative on Cities

    Mayors have had to deal with COVID-19’s consequences and its impact on their cities' future. Between June and August 2020 this Survey asked 130 mayors about th…

  • 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.

  • Technical Tool

    Sample COVID Communications Activity

    Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

    Sample communications on messaging strategies, secondary messages, media relations, and development support.

  • Member Exclusive
    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.

  • Policy

    COVID-19 Response Plan

    Seattle Parks & Recreation

    Lays out preparations for Seattle Parks & Rec to coordinate with city agencies to provide essential services during a pandemic.

  • Policy

    Press Release Urging Park Users to Follow Social Distancing

    Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

    Explains PPC's response to the COVID-19 global health emergency, strongly urging park users to practice safe physical distancing.

  • Policy

    Executive Summary: COVID-19 Emergency Childcare Operation for Health Care Workers, First Responders, and Low-Income Working Families

    San Francisco Recreation and Parks

    Policy that focuses on emergency childcare, including creating a curriculum for youth experiencing anxiety and stress related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Member Exclusive
    Technical Tool

    Open Letter to City Council Supporting Parks Funding for COVID Recovery

    Philadelphia Parks Alliance

    Philly Parks Alliance seek co-signers supporting funding for essential services for communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

  • Member Exclusive
    Technical Tool

    Open Letter to City Council Supporting Funding for Parks & Rec to Provide Essential COVID Recovery Services

    Philadelphia Parks Alliance

    Coalition letter to fund Philly Parks & Rec services to African American and low income communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

  • Technical Tool

    Sample COVID Talking Points

    Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

    Sample talking points on park & rec-related activities that engage community members and allow for proper social distancing.

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