CPRS Healthy Play Initiative

State-Wide Collaborative Partnership to Promote Health

Deeply committed to promoting the value of play, PlayCore and GameTime are proud to partner with the California Park and Recreation Society and align with likeminded advocates, professionals, and park and recreation leaders across the state of California. Through this partnership, our goal is to promote health and wellness across communities through research-based best practices and develop National Demonstration Sites of outdoor environments that greatly enrich and enhance the quality of life where citizens of California live, work, and play. We are honored to highlight the phenomenal work and leadership of the seven park and recreation agencies that were awarded the Healthy Play Action Grants and share their success stories. These agencies and their projects will serve as model demonstrations and inspire others to use play as a catalyst to build healthier and happier communities. Their efforts demonstrate how investing in play results in positive outcomes, grows social capital, and builds stronger communities through the power of play.

“We are so excited to help local communities put research to action.”

- Stephanie Stephens, Executive Director, CPRS

Goals of the State-Wide Healthy Play Initiative

CPRS partnered with PlayCore and GameTime to promote play and health across California in an effort to report community outcomes. The program launched at the 2015 CPRS Conference with the goal of sharing initial outcomes at the 2016 CPRS Conference in Long Beach. Data collection and outcomes will continue to be collected over the course of the year, to be shared in 2017. The following goals of the initiative were outlined by CPRS, PlayCore, and GameTime:

  • Expand upon the successful Parks Make Life Better!® campaign with a replicable, research-based training and action grant initiative that promotes health and wellness across California.
  • Execute state-wide professional development across communities in an effort to create opportunities for professionals across disciplines to partner, network, and/or collaborate on health and wellness initiatives, as well as provide continuing education credits, research-based educational resources, and advocacy/consulting services to help parks and recreation professionals expand their knowledge and turn research into action.
  • Provide action grants to high quality community projects that align to research-based design best practices and standards-based programs in an effort to collect meaningful outcomes and serve as a national model.
  • Publish white papers and other advocacy communications and tools to further champion play and recreation initiatives and demonstrate effective strategies for all steps of the process, including community engagement, planning, fundraising, research-based design, building, and collecting community outcomes.


Me2 Cover Cta

Me2: 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design

Learn More
Fitness Program Cover Cta

Outdoor Adult Fitness Parks

Learn More
Play On Cover Cta

Play On!

Learn More

CPRS State-Wide Healthy Play Initiatives

Request a copy of the CPRS State-Wide Healthy Play Initiatives book.