Planning and Recovery

PRPS is committed to helping its members and the industry adequately plan and prepare for recovery in a post-pandemic world. Check back frequently for updates.

As communities begin to see reductions in virus transmission, local park and recreation professionals are developing plans for reopening spaces, facilities and programs impacted by the pandemic. Agencies should adhere to all federal, state and local guidance, including meeting a set of outlined indicators and gating criteria prior to implementing a phased approach that prioritizes public health and safety when reopening. Park and recreation professionals should recognize that phased reopening plans will not be an immediate return to normal operations, rather, they should include additional mitigation measures to maintain states of low to no community transmission.

Agencies should consider in their plans how they will ensure that community members are adhering to CDC personal protective measures including wearing face coverings, physical distancing, encouraging proper hygiene, etc. Plans should also identify further mitigation and control measures that can be adjusted as the situation changes as well as incorporate communication procedures and emergency responses.

Guiding Principles for Parks and Recreation in COVID-19 Recovery, NRPA  June 10, 2020

The NRPA-PRPS Path to Recovery Framework  July 15, 2020
This document will be refreshed as often and as quickly as possible with new and updated resources and guidance. Check back frequently. 

Contents (to be updated as available)
1. Organizational Leadership: Stronger Together    May 4, 2020 (included in overall document linked above)
2. Creation of a Cross-Sector Recovery Team May 4, 2020
3. Meeting Essential Public Health Indicators May 4, 2020
4. Assessing the Risk of Spaces, Facilities and Programs May 4, 2020
5. Centering Health Equity in Recovery Efforts May 4, 2020
6. Phased Reopening Planning – Gradually Restoring Operations to Protect Public Health    May 11, 2020
7. Specific Guidance for Common Park and Recreation Spaces, Facilities and Programs    July 15, 2020
8. Developing a Communications Plan    June 3, 2020
9. Staff Training and Measures to Protect Staff and Public    May 20, 2020
10. Cleaning and Disinfection Practices    May 4, 2020
11. Managing a Positive COVID-19 Case   July 15, 2020
12. Securing Critical Supplies    May 4, 2020
13. Evaluating and Informing Emergency Plans    May 4, 2020
14. Resource Database – National and Local Reopening Resources    May 4, 2020


PRPS Recreation and Park Facility Reopening Guidelines    June 3, 2020

PRPS Supplement to CDC Childcare Decision Tree    May 23, 2020

Summer Recreation, Camps, and Pools FAQs   July 9, 2020

Pathway to Recovery: Wellbeing and Resilience, COVID-19 Resource Document for Parks and Recreation, Planners, & Public Health FieldWorld Urban Parks  September 14, 2020

A Call to Action: Public Parks and Recreation    March 20, 2020
Why Going Outside is Good for Your Health, Especially Right Now   April 9, 2020

Parks and Rec in the Time of Corona     April 7, 2020
This is Going to Leave a Mark    March 19, 2020

Research Data

NRPA Parks Snapshot: What's Open/Closed,Park Activation Activities, Plans for Educational Support, Emergency Preparedness, Health Equity and Social Justice (August 19-21, 2020)
NRPA Parks Snapshot: What's Open/Closed, Heat/Severe Weather, Educational Support, Funding Support (July 22-24, 2020)
NRPA Parks Snapshot: What's Open/Closed, Indoor Facilities, Plans for Positive Cases, Staff Well-Being, Plans for the Fall (July 8-10)
NRPA Parks Snapshot: What's Open/Closed, Summer Meal Programs, Waivers, Mental Health, Budgetary Impacts (June 24-26, 2020)

NRPA Parks Snapshot: What's Open/Closed, Pools and Group Reservations, Summer Sports (June 10-12, 2020)
NRPA Parks Snapshot: What's Open/Closed, Usage of Parks & Trails, Budgetary Impacts (May 27, 2020)
NRPA Parks Snapshot: What's Open/Closed, Summer Plans, Protecting Your Team (May 20, 2020)
NRPA Parks Snapshot: What's Open/Closed, Swimming Pools, Summer Camps/Childcare, Equity (May 13, 2020)
NRPA Parks Snapshot: What's Open/Closed, Path to Recovery, Maintenance, Budgetary Impacts (May 6, 2020)
NRPA Parks Snapshot: What's Open/Closed, Path to Recovery, Summer Plans and Hiring, Summer Meal Programs (April 29, 2020)
NRPA Parks Snapshot: What's Open/Closed, Planning for Spring/Summer, Future Reopening (April 22, 2020)
NRPA Parks Snapshot: What’s Closed, Fiscal Spending, Protective Measures, Response Services  April 15, 2020
NRPA Park Pulse: Parks Are Essential, Especially During a Health Crisis   April 9, 2020
NRPA Parks Snapshot: Open/Closed Parks & Amenities, Physical Distancing, Virtual Programming (April 1, 2020)

Webinar Recordings
Park Leaders and COVID-19: Serving the Community in Challenging Times, City Parks Alliance   March 25, 2020