Feature Article - June 2009
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A Look at Trends in Parks & Recreation

Parks and recreation agencies commonly form partnerships to extend their reach and programming capabilities in the community—or to increase their ability to fund and provide specific programs, services and facilities. Parks respondents to our survey were highly likely to indicate that they had formed partnerships with external organizations. Only 4.4 percent indicated that they do not have any partnerships in place.

The most common partners for parks are local schools—75.2 percent of park respondents indicated they partner with them. They were followed by local government (69.1 percent of parks partner with other local government agencies), nonprofit organizations (59.8 percent), state government (43.9 percent), and corporate or local businesses (38.5 percent). (See Figure 37.)