July 7, 2015: Many communities in New Hampshire currently have shared use or joint use agreements for facilities including playgrounds, fields, gyms and other areas that may be used by the community.
When done properly a joint use agreement (JUA) can positively impact the community by allowing others to use the facilities for programs and play-- thereby improving access to recreation resources.
According to ChangeLab Solutions a joint use agreement is a formal agreement between two separate government entities – often a school district and a city or county – setting forth the terms and conditions for the shared use of public property or facilities.
HEAL NH’s Active Recreation Workgroup has worked on compiling resources to help organizations develop and implement JUA’s for their community. Many of these come from ChangeLab solutions, some from NH resources.
If your town, city or school doesn’t currently have a JUA or if you are looking to update your current JUA, please visit the NH Recreation and Parks Association website for helpful JUA resources including example agreements.