KRPA Healthy Communities Initiative

State-Wide Collaborative Partnership to Promote Health

Deeply committed to promoting the value of play and recreation as a critical priority, PlayCore, GameTime, and Cunningham Recreation are proud to partner with the Kansas Recreation and Park Association to develop the KRPA Statewide Healthy Communities Initiative. By aligning with like-minded advocates, professionals, and park and recreation leaders, we can collectively come together to do something truly special. Through this unique partnership, we have committed to the ultimate goal of promoting health and wellness throughout the state of Kansas to report community outcomes.

By aligning research-based best practices that foster inclusion, engagement with nature, and physical activity, play and recreation destinations can serve a national models and stellar examples of how visionary leaders have thoughtfully put research to practice. The National Demonstration Sites created as a result of the statewide initiative, were intentionally designed to enrich and enhance the quality of life where citizens of Kanas live, work, and play. We are honored to highlight the phenomenal leadership of the KRPA Statewide Healthy Communities Initiative award recipients and celebrate their success stories. These award recipients and their outdoor play and recreation projects will serve as model demonstrations and inspire others to use play as a catalyst to build healthier, happier communities. Their efforts demonstrate how investing in parks and recreation results in positive outcomes, grows social capital, and builds strong communities through the power of play.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to advocate and promote healthy play, share state-wide training, and help local communities put research into action!”

- Erika Devore, Executive Director, KRPA

Goals of the State-Wide Healthy Communities Initiative

The KRPA Healthy Play Funding Initiative and Statewide Training Program is a multiyear partnership launched at the 2016 KRPA Conference in Dodge City. Initial outcomes will be outlined at the 2017 KRPA Conference in Manhattan, and data collection and outcomes reporting will continue over the course of the year to be shared in 2018. The following primary goals of the initiative were identified by KRPA, PlayCore, and GameTime:

  • PlayCore would execute state-wide professional development across communities in an effort to create opportunities for professionals across disciplines to partner, network, and collaborate on health and wellness initiatives. Through quality education opportunities and consulting services, PlayCore would support communities in turning research into action.
  • GameTime’s role would include the provision of matching funding assistance to assist high quality projects a KRPA Regions to create outdoor play spaces that align with research-based best practices in an effort to collect meaningful outcomes and serve as national models.
  • As a unified team, the organizations would collaborate to publish white papers and other advocacy communication tools to further champion play and recreation initiatives and demonstrate effective strategies for all steps of the process.


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