Safe walking and biking connections to parks are essential to ensuring everyone can easily access great parks. Safe Routes to Parks was developed in collaboration with the Safe Routes Partnership to support park and recreation professionals and their partners to implement environmental, policy, and program strategies to create safe walking and biking access to parks.

The Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework provides professionals with a “how-to” guide to improve walking access to parks. Learn more about how communities have put this framework into action.

Resource Guide

The Safe Routes to Parks Resource Guide provides professionals with resources to support the implementation of the Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework. Under each section of the framework, links to relevant resources are listed as well as a brief description of their contents. These resources include toolkits, assessments, online tools, case studies, and more and were developed by NRPA, partner organizations, and leaders in the field.

Complementary Comprehensive Frameworks

Applicable to all phases of the Safe Routes to Parks initiatives and can be used as a complement to the framework and your desired outcomes.


Partner with community organizations and community members during all stages of the process.


Understand community priorities based on data and community input.


Develop priority areas, set goals and specific actions, identify policy improvements, and integrate into agency and jurisdiction plans and policies.


Put plans into action and ensure that those actions are based on best practices in engineering, design and programming.


Ensure that efforts are continued, integrated into agency functions and are positively affecting the community.

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