Playing Smart: A New Guide to Help Communities Open the Schoolyards

Posted on March 14, 2012


Photo: Steve A. Johnson,

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.

Download Playing Smart, a nuts-and-bolts guide to opening school property to the public through well-crafted joint use agreements. Playing Smart was produced through a partnership between KaBOOM! and the National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Children Obesity, a project of Public Health Law & Policy.