Arizona - Community Use of Public School Facilities: Partnerships

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State laws encourages and/or incentivizes the community use of school buildings and property for recreation or other purposes.

Arizona Revised Statutes 15-363. School recreation centers; authority to contract with public recreation boards and agencies

A. The governing board may operate school buildings and grounds for the purpose of providing a public play and recreation center. The governing board may organize and conduct in the center community recreation activities which contribute to the physical, mental and moral welfare of youths residing in the vicinity. A school recreation center may be open at times the governing board deems advisable, including evening hours and vacation days, and shall be conducted in accordance with rules prescribed by the governing board.

B. The governing board may cooperate and enter into contracts with other public recreation boards and agencies in carrying out the purposes of this section.

Arizona Revised Statutes 15-364. Agreements and expenditure of public monies for recreational facilities on school properties; use of proceeds of bond issues

A. The governing board of a school district may enter into agreements with counties, cities, towns or other school district governing boards, providing for the construction, development, cooperative maintenance, operation and use of parks and recreational facilities, including swimming pools, on properties used for school purposes and under the control of such school districts. The governing boards may expend public monies for the construction and development of such parks or recreational facilities in cooperation with cities, towns and counties.
B. Counties, cities and towns may expend public monies and enter into agreements with cities, towns and school district governing boards for the construction, development, cooperative maintenance, operation and use of parks, swimming pools and other recreational facilities on properties used for school purposes, if the governing authorities having charge and control of such properties give their consent and cooperation.
C. Cities, towns and counties with a population of five hundred thousand persons or more according to the most recent United States decennial census may use the proceeds of bond issues for the purposes of this section.

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