PlayCore Partners wtih GameTime and CPRS to Promote Play and Recreation through Statewide Funding and Training Initiative

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California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS), PlayCore, GameTime, and Great Western Recreation are aligning resources and strategically partnering to promote best practices in parks and recreation, provide quality education, and arm communities with evidence-based resources.

California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS), PlayCore, GameTime, and Great Western Recreation are aligning resources and strategically partnering to promote best practices in parks and recreation, provide quality education, and arm communities with evidence-based resources.

Parks are essential to creating healthier, happier societies across generations. Complimentary professional development events hosted by PlayCore’s Center for Outreach, Research & Education (CORE) will be held throughout the month of June at seven locations across California. These interactive education symposiums will help participants effectively fuel their community’s passion for play and recreation and empower stakeholders to become champions for high-quality outdoor play and recreation environments that meet the diverse needs of children, families, and communities.

Attendees will be inspired by unique design and program innovation, case studies, and strategies to consider the needs and goals of the community. The content and hands-on learning activities will help participants in developing advocacy messages of how investing in parks and recreation has a positive impact on building viable communities through physical activity, inclusive play, engagement with nature, and play value in a collaborative effort to improve the quality of life in communities across California.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop advocacy messages describing why play and recreation are essential to a healthier and happier society.
  • Apply research-based design best practices to create high-quality outdoor play and recreation destinations.
  • Discuss model projects, positive community outcomes, and the benefits of inclusion, physical activity, and nature engagement.

While CORE provides statewide professional development services, GameTime, a leading playground designer/manufacturer, will provide up to $2M million in matching funds to assist parks and recreation departments who are members of CPRS create play and recreation destinations. These sites will be thoroughly reviewed to align with research-based best practices. These projects will serve as National Demonstration Sites (NDS) and as national models for promoting physical activity, fitness, nature engagement, and/or inclusion.

Each of the seven symposiums are designed for mid to upper-level professionals in the fields of park and recreation, landscape architecture, and education. The sessions will offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for professionals and promise to be lively, informative, and educational. Lunch and educational resources will be provided by GameTime and Great Western Recreation.

To learn more about this partnership and ways to attend the events, please visit: https://www.playcore.com/events/parks-make-life-better-cprs-healthy-play-initiative.

About PlayCore:
PlayCore is a purpose driven Company committed to building stronger communities around the world by advancing play and recreation. The company infuses scholarly learning, through its Center for Outreach, Research, and Education, into its comprehensive family of brands. PlayCore combines best-in-class educational programming with the most comprehensive portfolio of play and recreation products and services to create tailored solutions that match the unique needs of each community served. Learn more at https://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, and we work with community partners to demonstrate Play Has No Limit®. Learn more at http://www.gametime.com.

About CPRS:
Founded in 1946, CPRS is a nonprofit, professional and public interest organization with just over 4,000 members statewide. We advance the profession by being the best source of resources, tools, advocacy and events that then strengthens California's public parks and recreation industry and our professionals. CPRS unites members and creates networks across disciplines and agency boundaries to achieve together what we cannot do alone.

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