Increasing access to places for physical activity through a joint use agreement: a case study in urban Honolulu. Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: To increase levels of physical activity (PA), interventions that create or enhance access to places for PA are recommended. Establishing a joint use agreement is one way to increase access to existing PA and recreational facilities. The purpose of this article is to present a case study of In-Motion, a pilot joint use agreement project at one urban high school in Honolulu, Hawaii. CONTEXT: Residents of urban Honolulu are underserved by the amount of parkland and recreational facilities available for their use. The Honolulu County Department of Parks and Recreation sought to implement a joint use agreement to use the facilities of one urban high school for a recreational program. The high school selected for the pilot project has a student population primarily from low-income and ethnic minority backgrounds. METHODS: An assessment of the potential of 7 urban high schools to implement a joint use agreement was conducted to select the pilot site. In-Motion developed and implemented a joint use agreement. PA preferences of students, staff, and community members were assessed to guide recreational program offerings. Various recreational classes were offered free to the school community. CONSEQUENCES: Several barriers to implementing the joint use agreement and recreational program were encountered. However, participants were satisfied with the recreational classes they attended and said that the In-Motion program helped them to engage in more PA. Program awareness by high school students and staff was high. INTERPRETATION: In-Motion has successfully modeled a pilot joint use agreement and provided new opportunities for PA to the high school's students, teachers, and staff, and to community residents.

published proceedings

  • Prev Chronic Dis

author list (cited authors)

  • Maddock, J., Choy, L. B., Nett, B., McGurk, M. D., & Tamashiro, R.

citation count

  • 25

complete list of authors

  • Maddock, Jay||Choy, Lehua B||Nett, Blythe||McGurk, Meghan D||Tamashiro, Reid

publication date

  • July 2008