National Demonstration Site Network

Recognizing Communities for Turning Research Into Practice

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We believe high-quality recreation environments play a critical role in promoting community health. Research indicates that when stakeholders are engaged in the planning process, evidence-based design principles are implemented in the built environment, and supplemental programming is offered to further enhance user experiences, then positive outcomes occur and can be measured.

PlayCore’s Center for Outreach, Research, and Education (CORE) leads the National Demonstration Site Network as an important effort for raising national awareness and helping local communities share the positive impact they are making on community health and wellness. The initiative serves as an exclusive opportunity to participate in ongoing data collection, and receive a complete research findings report on your community’s vitality. National Demonstration Sites illustrate community vitality across a variety of influences, including social-emotional, environmental, health, community engagement, public services, and educational opportunities.

National Demonstration Sites (NDS) exemplify evidence-based best practices in design and implementation, support health-related initiatives, and provide meaningful ways for community stakeholders to gather data about the sites’ impact on the community. There are five NDS programs that help communities turn research into practice in local park destinations. Choose to utilize one or a combination of NDS programs to thoughtfully support playful pathwaysnature playadult fitnessyouth physical activity, and inclusion in outdoor play and recreation settings. 

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Check out the map below to locate National Demonstration Sites near you!

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Being a National Demonstration Site Network Member represents your commitment to your community’s health and wellness.

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