Living Well Los Banos, a group dedicated to making residents healthier through swimming, walking and other physical activities, have made adult lap swimming available to residents at Pacheco High School Monday to Friday from 7:30 to 9pm through a pilot joint use program with the Los Banos Unified School District. The agreement allows lap swimming to occur when the school district doesn’t use the pool for its sports program and demonstrates how sharing a facility under joint-use endeavors can work.
Westlake Park is owned by the city of Broomfield but has been jointly used and maintained by the Adams 12 school district because Westlake Middle School also uses the park. The asphalt courts, constructed in 1978, have become worn and cracked, and will now undergo the much needed repairs to remain safe for public use.
The exchange entails an estimated $5.5 million for the 2011-2012 academic year from the November 2010 voter approved half cent sales and transactions use tax that began on April 1, 2011 and includes access to facilities which are either unused or underutilized during non-school hours. The agreement will be in effect for ten years and there is an option for it to be extended for another ten years. Additionally, the board approved a memorandum of understanding for a civic-center joint use agreement that will allow residents to use the school facilities during off hours in exchange for the building of a new gym and renovation to the high schools amphitheater.
The City Council unanimously approved a joint-use agreement between itself and the San Diego Unified School District that will allow a K-8 school that had no access to grass on campus to finally have access to an open green space. Construction will include a 1.5-acre field and track and will replace a dirt-and-gravel lot and will be available for public use outside school hours. When completed, the city and school district will share annual operation and maintenance costs. “This is a park-starved area of San Diego, and we desperately need this joint-use field,” San Diego City Councilwoman Marti Emerald said. “We’ve got to get some parks in for the community.”
Green Access and Equity for Ventura County, is a policy report summary for Ventura County of The City Project’s 2011 report, Mapping Green Access and Equity for Southern California – Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego, Kern, Santa Barbara and Imperial – using narrative and legal analyses, geographic information system (GIS) mapping tools, and demographic and economic data. The report identifies joint use agreements as 1 of 3 strategies to increase children’s physical activity.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris was the guest speaker at Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s gang forum on April 19th, 2011 in Meadowview. Harris stressed the need to treat gang violence with a community prevention approach. She likened gang violence to a public health issue and identified joint use of school facilities and a renewed focus on school safety as an effective strategy to reduce gang violence. Read more here.
The National Physical Activity Plan includes joint use agreements (JUAs) as important strategies in both the Education sector and the Parks, Fitness Recreation and Sport (PFRS) sector. The Make the Move Report – 2010-2011 National Implementation of the U.S. Physical Activity Plan lists increasing the number of JUAs by 10% over the next 5 years as a priority for the PRFS sector. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition is co-leading this strategy with the National Recreation and Park Association. Click the link above to access the referenced documents.
Low-income, park-poor communities in California’s North Orange County stand to benefit from increased access to green space, says a recent policy report. The City Project’s findings show that safe parks and recreational areas encourage healthy living habits leading to a better quality of life. The January 2011 report, “Healthy Parks, Schools and Communities: Green Access and Equity for Orange County,” is part of The City Project’s multiphase project to map and analyze park access and equity in nine southern California counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego, Kern, Santa Barbara, and Imperial. The aim is to provide up-to-date information about green-access issues to concerned citizens, community groups, government officials, planners, funders, and other decision makers. The Kresge Foundation supported the work.
There are 28 acres of land at Peachtree Charter Middle School (PCMS). Much of the land is underutilized, and the track and playing fields are in need of repair. There’s a lack of park space in the city of Dunwoody. Put the two together and it provides an opportunity for the city to partner with the DeKalb County School Board in a joint use agreement to improve and develop the land and facilities at PCMS in exchange for use of the land for park activities.
In this Huffington post article James R. Knickmen, President and CEO of New York State Health Foundations, lists joint use as one of eight key strategies to positively influence the food and activity environment.