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ERIC Number: EJ965322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3084
Addressing Challenges to the Shared Use of School Recreational Facilities
Spengler, John O.; Connaughton, Daniel P.; Carroll, Michael S.
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v82 n9 p28-33 Nov-Dec 2011
The shared use of school recreational facilities holds the potential to offer activity opportunities for many people, especially those in low-income, minority, and under-resourced communities. School facilities are usually easily accessible and offer safe, free or low cost, and convenient recreation and sport opportunities. However, a number of barriers--including fear of liability, maintenance issues, vandalism and crime concerns, scheduling conflicts, and costs of operation--exist that are keeping facilities from being shared. The purpose of this article is to discuss the benefits of shared use of school recreational facilities with partner organizations and to provide examples of such partnerships, potential barriers, and recommendations for addressing challenges. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A