Resources for Local Officials on Joint Use of Facilities
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.
ChangeLab Solutions (formerly Public Health Law & Policy), is a team of attorneys, policy analysts, and urban planners dedicated to building healthy communities nationwide. ChangeLab Solutions has developed a toolkit that covers such issues as:
- Checklist for Developing a Joint Use Agreement
- Profiles of Joint Use in Action
- Financing Joint Use
- Addressing Liability Concerns
- Strategies for Scheduling, Relationship-Building, and Maintenance
- A Legal Framework Supporting Joint Use
- Sample Agreements and Related Documents
- Model California Joint Use Agreements
- The Cities-Counties-Schools (CCS) Partnership has prepared Stretching Community Dollars, a workbook of materials to assist local officials in understanding the opportunities presented by joint use of facilities. The CCS Partnership is a joint effort of the League of California Cities, the California State Association of Counties and the California School Boards Association.
- The California Counties Architects and Engineers Association provides information on all county facilities throughout California.
- California After School Network provides leadership and links to policy information, program quality resources, research and public awareness campaigns.
- California’s Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) is a joint program of the California Department of Public Health and the Public Health Institute that offers resources, particularly related to joint use of school facilities that promote community access to physical activities.
- The California School Boards Association (CSBA) has developed a sample joint use agreement for use by school districts that elect to share school facilities and/or use community facilities.
- The Center for Cities and Schools is an interdisciplinary think tank based at the University of California, Berkeley. The Center has produced relevant publications, such as the Partnerships for Joint Use: Expanding the Use of Public School Infrastructure to Benefit Students and Communities.