CAA Supports Legislation Making It Easier For Schools To Open Playgrounds To Community
Childhood obesity has tripled in the US since in the last 30 years, with Arizona seeing the biggest increase in childhood obesity of any state in recent years. Physical activity is key to children being healthy, yet many Arizona children do not have playgrounds in their neighborhoods. However, nearly all neighborhoods have schools with playgrounds, which are all too often locked up during non-school hours.
SB1059 is a bill supported by CAA and the American Heart Association to address this, and it is being heard in the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday, January 17, at 8 a.m. This bill clarifies the current state law about liability for recreation, which mentions parks, forests, and agricultural land, but is silent about schools. The bill would make clear that schools may be opened up to the public outside of instructional hours under the same liability laws as local parks. A fact sheet on SB1059 can be found here.