2012 - Model Policy

Playing Smart: A National Joint Use Toolkit

How can you make it easier for your community to access local school facilities like gyms, fields, basketball courts, and playgrounds?   

Schools often keep these spaces locked after hours because they’re concerned about security, liability, maintenance, and other costs. But cities and towns around the country are resolving these issues through joint use agreements – written contracts spelling out terms that allow public agencies and nonprofits to share the costs and responsibilities. Although many communities informally agree to share facilities, a well-crafted joint use agreement can help things go smoothly – from coordinating scheduling and staffing to handling maintenance and the possibility of injury.  

Authored by: 
ChangeLab Solutions/NPLAN and Kaboom