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Cheney Community Activities Park Receives National Demonstration Site Honors

PlayCore, a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of a broad range of play and recreation products is excited to recognize the Cheney Community Activities Park playground as a National Demonstration Site for Play On! ® Youth Fitness. Located in Cheney, KS, the new site promotes physical activity through play.

The Cheney Recreation Commission is dedicated to enhancing the social, cultural, educational, and emotional growth of its citizens and Unified School District (USD) #268 through quality recreational programs and activities.

Beginning in 2014, the Cheney USD #268 passed a school bond to build and upgrade facilities within the community. As a result, the Cheney Recreation Commission partnered with the school district and the City of Cheney to expand this vision by creating a space to promote physical activity across generations. To further assist in reaching this goal, the KRPA Healthy Communities Initiative and GameTime, a division of PlayCore, awarded a grant to Cheney Recreation Commission.

PlayOn! is a curriculum developed by PlayCore in partnership with SHAPE America. It includes more than 100 playground activities that align with national physical education standards for students in Pre-K through 5th grade.  The PlayOn! Activity Guide will be used the Recreation Commission to support health and wellness initiatives and engage additional program partners such as local school physical education instructors.

With help from GameTime the community designed the playground to provide all six essential elements of physical play. The new playground promotes gross motor development, improves critical thinking and problem solving skills, and provides opportunities for creativity, social interaction, and physical fitness through a variety of activities selected to provide developmental progression of skills.

“The joint venture between the City of Cheney and Cheney Recreation allowed resources to be combined to meet a goal that was otherwise unthinkable for a single organization. By working together on the new playground and the vision of the complex, it shows the importance of collaborative networks, and will continue to strengthen our community,” said Danielle Young, City Clerk of the City of Cheney.

As a National Demonstration Site the community will receive a certificate of recognition, added to PlayCore’s national registry at www.pointsmap.com/playcore, and is promoted actively to other communities wishing to promote active lifestyles through play.

To find out more about the Cheney Community Activities Park or the KRPA Healthy Communities Initiative, check out the white paper located at:  http://www.playcore.com/krpa.h...

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