Parks are essential to creating healthier, happier societies across generations. This interactive education symposium is designed to fuel your community’s passion for play and recreation, empower stakeholders to become champions for high quality outdoor play and recreation environments, and meet the diverse needs of children, families, and communities in these modern times. Over the past several years, CPRS, PlayCore, and GameTime have partnered in a collaborative effort to improve the quality of life in communities through a statewide healthy play initiative. Attendees will be inspired by these leadership case examples, outcomes, and the strategies deployed to creatively engage community members and develop partnerships. The content, resources, hands-on learning activities, and park site visits will offer new strategies and insight on ways to effectively champion key initiatives, increase physical activity, promote inclusion, support nature engagement, and address play value to effectively impact child development. Parks and recreation is critical to building viable communities. Join us to share your vision, build your case, and turn research into practice!
- Develop advocacy messages to champion the essential role that play and recreation has building a healthier, happier society.
- Apply research-based design best practices to create high-quality outdoor play and recreation destinations.
- Discuss model projects, positive community outcomes, and strategies to engage communities, develop partnerships, and seek potential funding for play and recreation destinations that intentionally focus on inclusion, physical activity, and/or nature engagement.