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PlayCore expands National Demonstration Site Program to include four new areas of awards

PlayCore, the leading company in play and recreation research, programming, and products, has expanded its National Demonstration Site Award to include new categories that recognize best practices in a variety of areas. The company’s initial award designation for best practice in outdoor fitness space design has led to over 30 sites across the US receiving recognition for promoting outdoor fitness across the areas of a well rounded workout: aerobic fitness, muscle fitness, core fitness, and balance/flexibility development.

“We created the National Demonstration Site Award program to recognize best practice design in outdoor fitness parks with an advisory board of scholars and experts,” said Anne-Marie Spencer, PlayCore’s Corporate VP of Marketing. “We were amazed at how many outdoor fitness areas were being installed with no thought to providing a good workout. In outdoor spaces, where the amount of equipment is generally limited, it becomes more important than ever. A space with six pieces of equipment, where all work the upper body, does not serve the community well.”  

National Demonstration Site Designation is now available in four new categories: for inclusive play spaces, for spaces that combine nature with the built environment to help children and families reach highest use, for nature/play trails, and for promoting youth fitness through research-based programming. National Demonstration Sites receive certification, become part of a national registry, and are promoted actively to other communities wishing to offer appropriate environments to promote outdoor immersion. “We know the evidence-based benefits that align programs and spaces through our research with universities, scholars, and experts in these disciplines, and are excited to be able to bring the research to interested communities, and then recognize them for their effort,” Spencer added.

To learn more about how to qualify as a national demonstration site, send a request to for program details.

About PlayCore
PlayCore helps build stronger communities around the world by advancing play through research, education, and partnerships. The company infuses this learning into its complete family of brands. PlayCore combines best-in-class planning and education programs with the most comprehensive array of recreation products available to create play solutions that match the unique needs of each community they serve. Learn more at

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