PlayCore Promotes Healthy Play with Statewide Training & Grant

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Joint initiative with California Parks and Recreation Society provides best practice playgrounds throughout California

PlayCore, a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of a broad range of play and recreation products and its GameTime brand were proud to join together with the California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) to promote healthy play through a statewide training and grant initiative.

To further the CPRS Health & Wellness project, and promote CPRS’s Brand Promise, the initiative was designed to provide statewide professional development services and matching action grant funding to assist parks throughout the CPRS Regions in creating playground spaces that encourage best practice designs for active behavior.

Together with GameTime’s exclusive representatives, Marturano Recreation (MRC) and Great Western Park and Playground, the new park spaces will serve as National Demonstration Sites for data collection and will contribute data toward the publication of a White Paper to highlight best practices and outcomes achieved. NDS locations promote advocacy at the community and state levels and promote best practices across a number of health and active behavior initiatives. The initial findings will be presented at the California Recreation and Park Society Conference & Expo, on Thursday, March 12 at 11am. The winners will also be recognized in a variety of ways at the event.

To begin the initiative, park representatives attended professional development sessions, earning Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) and learning about the latest play research developed by PlayCore and its network of partners, scholars, and Universities. To apply, the representatives submitted creative essays demonstrating how their play project would contribute to the health and wellness of the community. Entrants were rated on a variety of criteria, and winners notified in late 2015 include:

Hilltop Park- El Segundo, CA
Vintage Reserve Park- Murrieta, CA
Cameron Park- West Covina, CA
Rynerson Park- Lakewood, CA
Spring Valley Park- Spring Valley, CA
A Place to Play Park- Santa Rosa, CA
Marlow Park- Bell Gardens, CA

Marlow Park is one of the first to be completed, the other six winners are currently in the process of design, order, or installation.

About PlayCore
PlayCore helps build stronger communities around the world by advancing play through research, education, and partnerships. The company infuses this learning into its complete family of brands. PlayCore combines best in class planning and education programs with the most comprehensive array of recreation products available to create play solutions that match the unique needs of each community they serve. Learn more at http://www.playcore.com

About GameTime
GameTime is a leading manufacturer of commercial playgrounds, custom play spaces and outdoor fitness equipment. Headquartered in Fort Payne, Alabama, and with distribution around the world, GameTime has been dedicated to enriching childhood through play since our founding in 1929. Our products combine play research with thoughtful design to create playgrounds for children of all abilities. We bring together the right corporate, civic and nonprofit partners to build healthy, active communities that make the world a better place for children and families.

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