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Resources for Local Officials on Joint Use of Facilities

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Several organizations provide joint use of facilities resources to local officials. Much of this work has been motivated by public health goals of enabling both children and adults to be more physically active by joint use of school/recreational facilities. Irrespective of an agency’s policy goals in pursuing joint use of facilities, these resources offer helpful guidance to local officials on joint use issues.

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Sample Agreements
Intergovermental Collaboration

In the past, arrangements were sometimes based on informal agreements. However, the better practice is to use written agreements, formally approved by each participating agency’s governing body as a binding contract. Such agreements protect participating entities and prevent misunderstandings related to maintenance, operations, liability, ownership or cost sharing.

Joint use and shared service agreements typically include the following components:

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The Importance of Written Agreements

In the past, joint-use arrangements were sometimes based on informal agreements. However, the better practice is to use written agreements, formally approved by each participating agency’s governing body as a binding contract. Such agreements protect participating entities and prevent misunderstandings related to maintenance, operations, liability, ownership or cost sharing.

Joint use agreements typically include the following components:

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