Parks Make Life Better Tour Celebrates a Commitment to Enhancing Play and Recreation

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California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS), GameTime, and PlayCore drove 804 miles in 5 days to celebrate the leadership of the local park departments who created new play and recreation spaces in their communities.

Parks Make Life Better!

“Feeling honored this week to see 5 of our amazing Healthy Play Initiative projects from around the state. Suisun City, Turlock, McFarland, Glendale and Calexico, thanks for hosting us as we make our way down the state!!”

California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS), GameTime, and PlayCore drove 804 miles in 5 days to celebrate the leadership of the local park departments who created new play and recreation spaces in their communities.

The Parks Make Life Better!® Tour visited six parks in five cities from San Francisco down to San Diego. Each of the sites are recognized as National Demonstration Sites by PlayCore and reflect best practices in the areas of inclusive play, youth physical activity, adult outdoor fitness, or nature-based play and recreation. The PlayCore National Demonstration Site® (NDS) program of excellence captures a community’s commitment to advancements in play and recreation, and recognizes their efforts through a comprehensive recognition program.

Stephanie Stephens, Executive Director for CPRS said in a statement, “Feeling honored this week to see 5 of our amazing Healthy Play Initiative projects from around the state. Suisun City, Turlock, McFarland, Glendale and Calexico, thanks for hosting us as we make our way down the state!! And to our friends from PlayCore and GameTime, THANK YOU for making 30 communities better places to play through this initiative over the past 3 years!”

The tour members were greeted with a great turnout where each park was presented with a certificate to recognize the National Demonstration Site status of the park. Each location had events planned for local children and families to enjoy during the celebration, and each play or fitness area will be open for use:

Monday, July 9 - Heritage Park, Suisun City, CA
Tuesday, July 10 - Summerfaire Park, Turlock, CA
Wednesday, July 11 - McFarland Park, McFarland, CA
Thursday, July 12- Carr and Nibley Parks, Glendale, CA
Friday, July 13 - Cordova Park, Calexico, CA

To see pictures and video from the tour, visit GameTime’s social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, @gametimeplay.

Research and guidebooks in Outdoor Adult Fitness™, 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design®, Play On!® youth fitness, NatureGrounds®, and Pathways for Play™, create the foundation of the NDS program to inspire communities to build play and recreation spaces utilizing best practices and designs established by scholars and experts in the respective fields. PlayCore continues to support and encourage a community’s engagement through the design and implementation process and provides the tools to demonstrate their leadership to others. The sites are placed on the National Registry of Demonstration Sites and become part of our network for ongoing data collection.

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 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, and we work with community partners to demonstrate Play Has No Limit®. Learn more at 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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