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PlayCore and GameTime Announce Statewide Training and Funding Initiative in Missouri

To further the Missouri Park and Recreation Association (MPRA) mission to advocate the quality of life through effective use of parks and recreation opportunities, education, and resources, PlayCore’s Center for Professional Development, in partnership with their GameTime brand, will offer complimentary statewide professional development symposiums in Liberty, Maryland Heights, Springfield, and Columbia, MO.

The PlayCore education events will include sessions that illustrate research-based best practices for designing and programming outdoor environments to promote active, inclusive communities.

For their contribution, GameTime will assist two parks in each of the four regions install pre-approved playground spaces that promote best practices through matching grant funding.

Sessions are led by PlayCore’s Master Trainer, Jennie Sumrell, Director of Education, and are designed for mid to upper level professionals in the fields of park and recreation, landscape architecture, and education. In addition, sessions will offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for professionals and promise to be lively, informative, and offer new ideas to advocate for quality outdoor play and recreation spaces. GameTime and Cunningham Recreation will provide lunch and educational resources.

Sessions will be held at the following locations:

April 18 – Northwest Region 
Liberty Community Center 
1600 S Withers Road 
Liberty, MO 64048

April 19 – Southwest Region 
Chesterfield Family Center 
2511 W Republic Road 
Springfield, MO 65807

April 26 – Southeast Region 
Maryland Heights Community Center 
2344 McKelvey Road 
Maryland Heights, MO 63043

April 27 – Northeast Region 
Riechmann Indoor Pavilion 
2300 Walnut Street 
Columbia, MO 65201

To learn more about GameTime’s funding initiative or to register for these events, please visit: 
https://www.gametime.com/mpra

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