PlayCore Promotes Healthy Play through State-Wide Professional Development

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PlayCore Partnership Promotes Healthy Communities Across Kansas

To further the Kansas Parks and Recreation Association’s (KRPA) mission of advancing park and recreation opportunities that enhance the quality of life, PlayCore’s Center for Professional Development, in partnership with their GameTime brand, will offer complimentary state-wide professional development symposiums in Merriam, Wichita, and Hays, KS. The events will include sessions that illustrate research-based best practices for designing and programming outdoor play environments to promote active, healthy communities. Content is aligned to assist communities in completion of grant applications for the KRPA Healthy Play Playground Funding Initiative. GameTime will assist two parks in each of the three KRPA Regions install a pre-approved playground space that promotes best practices through matching grant funding.

Hays Recreation Commission, City of Wichita, and Merriam Parks and Recreation will host the symposiums designed for mid to upper level professionals in the fields of park and recreation, landscape architecture, and education. These events will be led by master trainer Jennie Sumrell, Director of Education, of PlayCore’s Center for Professional Development. The sessions offer Continuing Education Units for professionals and promise to be lively, informative, and educational. Lunch and educational resources will be provided by GameTime and Cunningham Recreation.

Sessions will be held at the following locations:

April 5 – Merriam, KS        
Merriam City Hall
Community Training Room
9001 W 62nd Street
Merriam, KS 66202

April 6 – Wichita, KS    
Wichita Boathouse
515 S. Wichita
Wichita, KS 67202

April 7 – Hays, KS
1105 Canterbury Rd.
Hays, KS 67601

To register for these events, see session summaries, and symposium agendas, please visit:
https://krpa.wildapricot.org/PlayCore-GameTime-Training-Program

For information on how to bring PlayCore’s leading Educational Symposiums to your professional network, or to review a list of available session topics, go to http://www.playcore.com/center-for-professional-development.html

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 the each community they serve. Learn more at http://www.playcore.com

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