URPA Promotes Play & Recreation

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 9:00am - Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 9:00am
Utah Recreation and Park Association
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Parks are essential to creating healthier, happier societies across generations. This interactive education symposium 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 in these modern times. 

Attendees will be inspired by unique design and program innovations, leadership case examples, and strategies to creatively consider the needs and goals of community stakeholders. The content and hands-on learning activities will equip participants in developing strong advocacy messages of how investing in parks and recreation has a positive impact on building viable communities. 

Join us to share your vision, and discover evidence-based best practices that thoughtfully promote: physical activity, inclusive play, engagement with nature, and play value in a collaborative effort to improve the quality of life in communities across Utah.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop advocacy messages describing why play and recreation is 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.


9:00 - 9:15am

Arrival, Registration and Light Refreshments

9:15 - 9:30am

Welcome & Introductions

9:30 - 10:30am

Keynote Session - Beyond Access by Featured Play Scholar:

Dr. Keith Christensen, Utah State University, Center for Persons with Disabilities


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10:30 - 10:45am


12:00 - 12:45pm

Lunch & URPA Statewide Initiative Overview

12:45 - 1:15pm

Hands-On Learning Activities

1:15 - 1:30pm

Closing & Surveys

Master Trainer


Jennie Sumrell M.Ed., Special Education with a Concentration in Early Childhood

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Lunch, educational resources, and continuing education certifications will be provided. CEUs for a total of 2.5 Professional Development Hours. .25 IACET /2.5 LU AIA/ 2.5 PDH LA CES


February 26

9:00 - 1:30pm

Utah Local Governments Trust

Snowbird Room

55 South Highway 89

North Salt Lake, UT 84054

February 27

9:00 - 1:30pm

Provo Recreation Center

320 West 500 North

1012 S John Street

Provo, UT 84601


Register online for URPA Education Symposium.