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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.