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Creating Healthy Safe Environments

Shared Use is the opening of school facilities during non-school hours for the community to use for recreation and physical activity.

Shared Use as a Healthy Solution
The Trust for Public Land reports that among all major cities, Los Angeles' amount of park space is approximately 6.2 acres per 1,000 residents †, compared to the 10 acres recommended by the National Recreation and Parks Association. Lack of safe recreation space for families to engage in physical activity has contributed to the growing obesity epidemic that plagues many communities in Los Angeles.



Shared use of school facilities is one way to address the growing obesity rates in urban communities. Shared use provides opportunities for students and families to engage in physical activity by maximizing safe, attractive recreation space. Under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the Leasing and Space Utilization (LASU) Department and the Joint Use Bond Program help create partnerships to provide communities with greater access to safe spaces. Access to LAUSD facilities is facilitated under three different access permits: Civic Center permit, license or lease agreement, and joint use agreements.

Healthy Spaces, Healthy People website provides centralized information and resources on third party use of school facilities. This site offers the tools necessary to facilitate the expansion of permits and agreements throughout LAUSD to increase access to safe recreation space for community use during non-school hours to:

  1. Bring additional resources to schools
  2. Provide needed programs for students and families
  3. Promote schools as centers for health and wellness

LAUSD strives to provide health services and resources to promote good health among students, staff, and the larger school community to foster a cohesive school culture. Under Model Practices one can find more information on model practices for school staff, community partners, and families to work collaboratively and advocate for increased access to safe spaces for community use. A list of additional resources for leading a healthy lifestyle is also provided.

† 2011 City Parks Facts Reports. Washington, D.C.: TPL - the Trust for Public Land, 2011.

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