Session Details

Increasing Park Program Accessibility for Low-Income Residents

When a parks and recreation department creates free or low cost programs, primarily intended to serve low income residents, often low income residents miss out on the opportunity to participate due to ineffective outreach and communication by the department. However, cross-sector partnership can help.

This session will explore how park and recreation departments are working with human service agencies and other partners to directly reach low income families that their programs are intended to serve with remarkable success. For example, San Francisco increased the number of youth in public housing enrolled in summer camps by 650%.


  • Learn how recreation and parks departments can increase the inclusion of disadvantage persons in the broader social life of a community.
  • Learn how to use administrative data to directly address equity concerns.
  • Learn how to leverage partnerships for targeted, innovative outreach efforts.