Bike lending at the Warren E Fox Nature Center
-About 50 parks in North Carolina lend fishing tackle(and at some sites adaptive fishing gear) under the states Tackler Loan Program. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission pays 75% of the cost of the gear. Someone at the commission got 50 parks in North Carolina to lend fishing gear. Great!. If you can loan fishing gear why can't you loan volleyballs or hula hoops? I gave a call to one of the parks who got the gear and asked if you can lend fishing gear any reason you can't lend other sports equipment. Answer was "I don't think so".
-Could maintenance staff at a park put out movable loose equipment in a park, and take it in at night? I talked to a parks maintenance supervisor who said yes. Ping Pong, pool, nok hockey and , foosball tables, exercise bikes, chairs, and pianos, are several movable objects that can be made available this way. (By locking this equipment to the ground it can help make sure the equipment dose not walk if unattended).
In NYC our parks department budget cannot pay for full time "animate Loose Parts"(aka recreation staff) in our neighborhood parks. But where budgets permit I would think parks can hire part time employees to man Play Libraries and lead events in parks for the most popular day or days of the week(Saturday and Sunday) .
see -..Parks that lend recreation equipment