Monday, August 8, 2011

Creating More Active Communities Through Joint Use Agreements Webinar - 8/26/11

Webinar Date: August 26, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM EDT
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*Space is limited*

Many communities across the US lack safe, well-maintained, and accessible places for community members to be physically active.  Access to free or low-cost places for physical activity plays a critical role in keeping children and adults healthy. This webinar is intended for planners who are interested in learning practical and cost-effective ways to increase physical activity opportunities by leveraging existing community resources.
Active Living Research, in partnership with the American Planning Association’s Healthy Communities Interest Group, will be presenting a webinar on joint use agreements (JUAs), which are an effective tool for increasing children and adults’ access to safe, convenient, and appealing places for physical activity.  JUAs set forth the terms and conditions made between two or more entities (e.g. a school and a city or private organization) to enable the sharing of recreational facilities, such as gymnasiums, athletic fields and playgrounds. The webinar will provide an overview of what joint use is, describe the most common types of JUAs for recreation and physical activity, outline typical barriers and opportunities to joint use based on interviews with school and parks administrators, and present one planner’s decade-long experience leading a joint use task force in North Carolina, focusing on his efforts to enhance the collaboration between more than two dozen local agencies.  Tools, technical assistance, and other resources will be shared.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify common types of joint use agreements and the role that planners can play in their development; 
  • Describe steps for instituting a joint use agreement between schools and communities; 
  • Recognize ways to overcome barriers to joint use, as well as capitalize on existing opportunities; 
  • Describe methods for engaging community leaders and elected officials to support establishment of joint use agreements (e.g. building partnerships and collaborations); 
  • Identify community characteristics (supported by types of land development policies and ordinances) that make joint use most effective. 
  • Manel Kappagoda, Deputy Director of Public Health Law and Policy's National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity (NPLAN) 
  • John O. Spengler, J.D, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management at the University of Florida 
  • Jonathan Wells, Capital Facilities Program Manager, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department in North Carolina 
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

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