PlayCore and Play & Park Structures awards 34 Play On! National Demonstration Site™ Awards to Brownsville Independent School District in Brownsville, Texas for excellence in providing a play space by thoughtfully aligning with evidence-based design best practices to promote youth physical activity.
These Play On! playgrounds at their elementary school sites promotes fitness and fun by implementing the Play On! design best practices to intentionally promote physical activity through active play and encourage the developmental progression of skills through healthy movement. This outdoor play destination incorporates six key elements of play — balancing, brachiating, climbing, spinning, sliding, and swinging to promote fitness opportunities that support national physical education standards and efforts to combat childhood obesity.
“We’re here to celebrate and to let our students and families know that playgrounds are essential. They provide health benefits. They have a profound emotional impact. They open the doors to imagination and teach kids about cooperating and working together,” said Superintendent René Gutiérrez.
For the first time in 105 years, every school in the BISD school district will have a playground. Brownsville ISD invested $60,000 per school with a total investment of $1.9 million. The new structures come with their own curriculum called “Play On” and are also well suited for free play.
The thirty-four Brownsville Independent School District projects will be listed on the PlayCore National Demonstration Site Map at https://www.playcore.com/nds/map. To learn more about turning research into practice, visit playcore.com/nds.