More Than Lip Service

Our Role in Helping to Increase Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Parks, Trails, and Open Spaces
















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For the Parks Foundation, our mission to “protect and enhance our communities' livability through public engagement, education, and the sustainability of our parks, open spaces, and trails” will never be fulfilled until systemic racism is addressed and people of color are safe to explore and enjoy the parks we all hold dear. There are layers upon layers of injustice and while we may not be able to address them all, we will do what we can to eliminate these barriers.

Internally, we also know there's a lot more we can be doing to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion on our team. Countless studies indicate teams made up of folks from different backgrounds make a stronger difference in communities and make an impact in each others' lives.

So here's what we're doing so far.

Hiring and Onboarding:

  • Creating a candidate rubric for all individuals that apply to AmeriCorps and staff positions at the Parks Foundation. 

  • Editing all position descriptions to best reflect the needs of our community and ensure inclusivity.


  • Increasing the number of ADA compliant parks, trails, and open spaces where we host programs.

  • Listing the type of trail surface we host programs at on our website so that differently-abled folks can research these spaces before heading to programs.

  • Working to build partnerships with community organizations and businesses that serve a wide variety of constituencies. If you want to connect with us, contact Chantel Dominguez at

  • Educating participants about the indigenous communities that have called this region home for thousands of years.


  • You do not have, nor have you ever had, to be a citizen to participate in science, attend our programs, or share your story. We aim to stop using the phrase citizen science and instead say community science to make this abundantly clear. 

Internal Policies:

  • Revising our employee, volunteer, and AmeriCorps handbook to go above and beyond federal discrimination and harassment laws. No matter who you are or where you come from, you deserve to feel safe and included.

  • Inviting our team to use their personal pronouns so others may feel safe to do so.

  • Working with consulting groups and governing bodies to provide our team with a variety of diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings.

Additional Resources:

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We are always striving to do better and know that our team doesn't have all the answers. We all have blind spots. If you have suggestions or feedback, we want to hear it. 

We're listening.

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