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Shared Use Resources

Benefits of Shared Use Infographic
In communities across the country, residents are seeking safe, accessible, and affordable places for exercise and play. Shared use is a practical solution because it allows people to exercise and play at existing recreational facilities, such as playgrounds, walking trails, and gymnasiums.

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What is a Joint Use Agreement? A Fact Sheet for Parents, Students, and Community Members
A joint use agreement is a formal agreement between two separate government entities – often a school district and a city or county – setting forth the terms and conditions for the shared use of public property or facilities.

The Benefits of a Written Shared-Use Agreement
There are two main benefits of a written shareduse agreement. First, a signed agreement provides each party with enforceable rights. Second, the process of negotiating and signing an agreement allows the parties to learn about each other’s expectations and concerns, address those concerns, and ensure that everyone understands and agrees to the terms of the relationship.

Model Open Use Policy for School Districts
School districts can use this model policy language and the companion checklist to formalize community access to district recreational facilities without a partner organization or agency.

Shared Use Agreements & Tribal Nations
This fact sheet provides Tribal Nations and their partners with an introduction to the legal issues they must consider when implementing shared use in or near Indian Country. This resource can help Tribal Nations increase opportunities for both physical activity and cultural learning.

Shared Use Resources from ChangeLab Solutions
ChangeLab Solutions believes that shared use is a winning strategy because it maximizes the use of public resources to benefit the community as a whole. They have a variety of resources and publications available.

Complete Streets Resources
Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work.

Unlock the Doors(TM) and Keep Kids Healthy
In this toolkit, you will find tactics to help your community increase opportunities to be physically active. More specifically, the content will help you advocate for changes that can enable community members to use school facilities such as gyms, fields, and playgrounds. Existing liability laws often prevent such easy, shared use. Clarifying these laws can encourage more schools to open playgrounds and gyms to their communities during non-school hours. States can also provide incentive and monitoring programs that encourage wide adoption of shared use strategies. This toolkit focuses on clarifying liability; a compendium toolkit, which details tactics and messaging for incentives and local shared agreements is also available.

Unlock the Doors(TM) and Keep Kids Healthy: Expanded Shared Use – Incentives and Monitoring
In this toolkit, you will find tactics to help your community increase opportunities to be physically active. More specifically, the content will help you advocate for the creation of a state shared use initiative to help schools keep their doors open during non-school hours—which includes requirements for incentives, monitoring, and reporting of local shared use, as well as creation of an advisory body.

Guide for Developing Legal Documents Governing Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Arrangement
This tool was prepared by the Center for Sharing Public Health Services and the Network for Public Health Law to assist in developing legal agreements that govern cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) arrangements.

Increasing Physical Activity: Shared Use and Safe Routes to School
Two strategies that you can use to increase physical activity of children in your community are shared use and safe routes to school (SRTS). Children and youth can bike and walk to school to easily incorporate physical activity into their day. But the number of kids walking and biking to school has dropped dramatically over the last four decades. Shared use is a strategy for increasing access to spaces to play by opening up recreational spaces for use by the public. Often this means opening school grounds for public use after school hours, but other government agencies, community groups, and faith-based organizations are successfully implementing shared use arrangements as well. This webinar identifies what shared use and SRTS programs entail, how to adopt policies for your community, and how to overcome challenges.

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