Industry Partners

Engaging with a variety of organizations to promote best practices.

Industry Partners

We partner with leaders throughout the industry to advocate for growth in play and recreation. These amazing partners understand the value that active lifestyles and green spaces bring to communities across the world. Through an exciting array of programs and partnerships, we are working together to support change and healthy outcomes.

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8 80 Cities

The Mission of 8 80 Cities is to improve the quality of life for people in cities by bringing them together to enhance mobility and public space and create more vibrant, healthy, and equitable communities. The organization believes that if everything we do in our public spaces is great for an 8 year old and an 80 year old, then it will be great for all people.

8-80 Cities is a valued partner in the advocacy of bicycle infrastructure to create healthier, more usable cities. Their work with us on Shift Into Gear™, A Bicycling Advocacy Resource was instrumental in creating a robust tool for cities to use in the successful creation and promotion of bicycle initiatives.

To learn more, visit 8 80 Cities.

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American Society of Landscape Architects

Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the professional association for landscape architects in the United States, representing more than 15,000 members.  The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship. Sustainability has been part of ASLA’s mission since its founding and is an overarching value that informs all of the Society’s programs and operations. ASLA has been a leader in demonstrating the benefits of green infrastructure and resilient development practices through the creation of its own green roof, co-development of the SITES® Rating System, and the creation of publicly-accessible sustainable design resources.

To learn more, visit ASLA.


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American Trails

American Trails is the only national, nonprofit organization working on behalf of all trail interests. Through education, partnerships, and timely information resources, American Trails promotes and advocates for the creation, conservation and broad enjoyment of quality trails and greenways that offer places of solace, health, fitness, recreation, and transportation for all Americans. Since American Trails’ formation in 1988 they have been involved in everything from advocating for more funding for trails, training trails advocates, and providing technical assistance to increasing accessible trail opportunities for all ages and abilities.

PlayCore has partnered with American Trails to encourage active lifestyles of families, children, and communities on trail networks. An advisory committee comprised of American Trails leadership and board members contributed significantly to the development of the Pathways for Play™ program developed in partnership with PlayCore and the Natural Learning Initiative.

To learn more, visit American Trails.


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California Park & Recreation Society

Founded in 1946, The California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS) is a nonprofit, professional and public interest organization with close to 4,000 members. Their mission is to advance the park and recreation profession through education, networking, resources and advocacy. CPRS is the source of resources, tools, advocacy and events that strengthen California's public parks and recreation industry and professionals.  CPRS unites members and creates networks across disciplines and agency boundaries to achieve together what they cannot do alone.

PlayCore is pleased to work directly with CPRS district groups to champion play and recreation initiatives through statewide training events-education courses that promote advocacy, design, and building of best practice sites to encourage active behavior.

To learn more, visit CPRS.


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Children & Nature Network

The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) is a non-profit organization leading the movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership. After the publication of “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder” in 2005, author Richard Louv and others co-founded C&NN. By investing in local grassroots leaders, they are inspiring and supporting them to take action to create a future in which all children play, learn and grow with nature in their everyday lives. In 2014, their support was provided to 369 grassroots campaigns worldwide that collectively connected more than 3.5 million children to nature experiences in 48 states & 12 nations.

PlayCore is pleased to serve on the Board of Directors for the Children and Nature Network. Our company also serves as a corporate member and sponsor to help promote active, nature-focused lifestyles for children, families, and communities.

To learn more, visit Children & Nature Network.


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City Parks Alliance

City Park Alliance is a national organization comprised of city parks leaders from across the country who work together to strengthen America's city parks. The mission of City Parks Alliance is to create vibrant and healthy parks and green spaces that contribute to sustainable cities by organizing, facilitating and nurturing a broad-based movement.

PlayCore is pleased to be a member and sponsor of the City Parks Alliance to help make city parks clean, safe and vibrant, promote public health, increase economic development; and enjoy the benefits of parks in urban areas.

To learn more, visit City Parks Alliance.


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Illinois Park & Recreation Association

The mission of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IRPA) is to provide and promote exceptional standards of education, networking, and resources for all professionals in the Illinois park, recreation, and conservation communities. IPRA leads the nation in providing premier education, networking, and resources for professionals in parks, recreation, and conservation.

PlayCore is pleased to work directly with IPRA district groups to champion play and recreation initiatives through statewide training events-education courses that promote advocacy, design, and building of best practice sites to encourage active behavior.

To learn more, visit IPRA.


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Kansas Recreation & Park Association

The Kansas Recreation and Park Association (KRPA) is a non-profit, professional organization representing the parks, recreation, and leisure industry in Kansas. They represent nearly 1,000 professional, commercial, agency, board/commission, student and retiree members throughout the state.

With members in nearly every county, KRPA has a vast network of support and active professionals who are dedicated to improving the quality of life in Kansas by providing high quality park and recreation services. Local parks and recreation agencies and state parks serve millions of Kansans and tourists each year at parks, open spaces and recreation facilities, and through healthy programs for children, adults, and senior citizens.

PlayCore is pleased to work directly with KRPA district groups to champion play and recreation initiatives through statewide training events-education courses that promote advocacy, design, and building of best practice sites to encourage active behavior.

To learn more, visit KRPA.


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Landscape Architecture Foundation

The mission of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is to support the preservation, improvement, and enhancement of the environment. LAF invests in research and scholarships to increase their collective capacity to achieve sustainability. Founded nearly 50 years ago, LAF has been the nexus of inquiry and innovation for the landscape architecture profession. Today, the mission to support the preservation, improvement and enhancement of the environment has never been more resonant. As the world’s population becomes increasingly urban and demands on natural resources more acute, landscape architects play an essential role in solving the complex, interrelated environmental, economic, and social problems we face today.

Through its leadership and philanthropic activities, LAF continues to advance the body of knowledge and support innovative projects and initiatives needed not only for the landscape architecture profession, but for the many professionals and advocates who share LAF’s mission and are critical to its success

To learn more, visit Landscape Architecture Foundation.


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National Recreation and Park Association

The NRPA advances parks, recreation and environmental conservation efforts that enhance human potential and the quality of life for all people. Working closely with allied organizations, NRPA strives to facilitate and promote the development of grassroots, self-help initiatives in communities across the country.

As a longtime partner, PlayCore has served as the top tier sponsor at the NRPA Annual Congress, as well as on several NRPA boards and committees to help promote play and recreation at the grass roots level, and has participated as a Parks build project partner, creating meaningful play and recreation spaces in cities where Congress is held, since the program’s inception in 2010.

To learn more, visit NRPA.


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National Swimming Pool Foundation

National Swimming Pool Foundation encourages aquatic activity, aiming to make pools safer and keep them open. They approach this goal through product and program offerings, as well as helping to fund research and “create swimmers.” Their training certifications have instructed over 350,000 professionals, and they have given over $4 million of grant funds to impact policies and practices all over the world.

PlayCore is proud to partner with NSPF by supporting the annual World Aquatic Health Conference. The organization is also a valued partner in the publication of Water Immersion Works™, a treatise of vignettes by noted aquatic scholars.

To learn more, visit National Swimming Pool Foundation.


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SHAPE America

SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. SHAPE America’s mission is to advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance, and sport. As the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, the organization is committed to empowering all children to lead healthy and active lives through effective health and physical education programs. Through our national partnership, PlayCore has worked with physical activity experts to develop Play On!: Promoting Physical Activity and Fitness Through Active Play, an evidence-based program designed to promote physical fitness and fun through the use of well-designed outdoor play environments and creative playground learning activities. For years, PlayCore has been a member of SHAPE America’s Advisory Council to address our collective goal of active, fit, and healthy Americans. PlayCore is a proud supporter of 50 Million Strong by 2029 SHAPE America’s national commitment to empowering all children to lead healthy and active lives through effective health and physical education programs.

To learn more, visit SHAPE America.


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Sports & Fitness Industry Association

The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), formerly the SGMA, is the trade association of leading industry sports and fitness brands, suppliers, retailers and partners. Their mission is to "Promote Sports and Fitness Participation and Industry Vitality" by focusing on core product areas for the industry.

SFIA is committed to embracing a broader community in the sports and fitness industry which provides a much clearer reflection of their current and future membership. 

They are focused around 4 SFIA Pillars of Products and Services:

  • Thought Leadership - Delivering Exceptional Education & Strengthening Industry Community
  • Industry & Public Affairs - The Sports & Fitness Industry's Voice On Capitol Hill and in the Media
  • Research - Providing  Information & Insight To Drive Decision Making
  • Member Services - Providing a Robust Menu of Member Resources, Including Dedicated Sports Councils to Address Specific Challenges

To learn more, visit SFIA.


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Texas Recreation and Park Society

The Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) is a nonprofit educational and professional organization founded 77 years ago to advance the profession of parks, recreation, and leisure services in Texas. The Society serves as a clearinghouse of information and resources to help with a wide range of challenges facing park, recreation, and leisure service professionals. These include: programming, grant and aid applications, coordinating events, promoting projects, advocacy and legislative awareness, job postings, and professional development and training.

PlayCore is pleased to work directly with TRAPS district groups to champion play and recreation initiatives through statewide training events-education courses that promote advocacy, design, and building of best practice sites to encourage active behavior.

To learn more, visit TRAPS.


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US Play Coalition

The US PLAY Coalition is a partnership to promote play throughout life and recognizes play as a valuable and necessary part of a healthy and productive lifestyle. Housed within Clemson University's College of Health, Education and Human Development, the coalition's purpose is to bring together organizations and individuals in support of play and to open up opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to incorporate play into their lives.

PlayCore is a proud sponsor of the Conference for the Value of Play at the Platinum level and provides various educational sessions on our various programs and best practices in the industry.

To learn more, visit US Play Coalition.