Shared Use: Sharing School Recreational Facilities with the Community

Land use and facility planning by local governments and school districts have become separated in many communities and this lack of coordination has contributed to larger, more distant schools that have less connection with their communities and the people they serve.5 

School facilities, especially those that are centered in the community, can be an excellent resource for recreation and exercise where there is limited availability or private options are too expensive. The most innovative districts are maximizing shared use of school facilities to address the educational and health needs of students and the community’s need for recreational activity spaces.

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