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Studies show that people who have parks or recreational facilities nearby exercise 38 percent more than those who don’t have easy access. Unfortunately, safe places to get physical activity aren’t always available – but they could be.

Schools are present in nearly every Iowa community and can offer a variety of safe, clean facilities, including running tracks, pools, gymnasiums, fitness rooms, and playgrounds. Unfortunately, schools that might like to offer these facilities often close their property to the public after school hours due to concerns about liability.

Community Use legislation would not mandate that schools open their facilities after hours, but would simply alleviate concerns about liability for those that would like to provide access to the surrounding community.