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National Partners

PlayCore is proud to partner with leading organizations that are committed to play and recreation. Our partnerships provide unique resources to help develop, manage, and sustain play environments that enrich the lives of communities.

We are inspired by these like-minded organizations, and are proud to support their efforts to promote healthy lifestyles through play.



American Trails
American Trails is the only national, nonprofit organization working on behalf of all trail interests. Through education, partnerships, and timely information resources, American Trails promotes and advocates for the creation, conservation and broad enjoyment of quality trails and greenways that offer places of solace, health, fitness, recreation, and transportation for all Americans. Since American Trails formation in 1988 they have been involved in everything from advocating for more funding for trails, training trails advocates, and providing technical assistance to increasing accessible trail opportunities for all ages and abilities.

PlayCore has partnered with American Trails to encourage active lifestyles of families, children, and communities on trail networks. As the 2010 Bald Eagle Sponsor, PlayCore supported the 20th American Trails National Symposium at the highest level. An advisory committee comprised of American Trails leadership and board members contributed significantly to the development of the Pathways for Play program developed in partnership with PlayCore and the Natural Learning Initiative. PlayCore and American Trails continue to partner together on various opportunities to continue to provide playful opportunities on trail networks through an affinity program to their membership, educational webinars, and various other opportunities to promote the Pathways for Play program.

To learn more, visit American Trails.


City Park Alliance
City Park Alliance is a national organization comprised of city parks leaders from across the country who work together to strengthen America's city parks. The mission of City Parks Alliance is to create vibrant and healthy parks and green spaces that contribute to sustainable cities by organizing, facilitating and nurturing a broad-based movement.

PlayCore is pleased to be a member and sponsor of the City Parks Alliance to help make city parks clean, safe and vibrant, promote public health, increase economic development; and enjoy the benefits of parks in urban areas.

To learn more, visit City Park Alliance


Healthy Weight Commit
The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation brings together over 220 retailers, food and beverage manufacturers, restaurants, sporting goods and insurance companies, a professional sports organization, NGOs, trade associations, and the U.S. Army aimed at doing their part to help families and schools reduce obesity, especially childhood obesity.

To learn more, visit the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation


JCC Association
PlayCore is pleased to announce the launch of its 2015 Preferred Vendor Program with the JCC Association. The company is excited to partner with the JCCA to improve the lives of its members and communities. PlayCore is also pleased to announce that 5 product brands will participate in the partnership: Play & Park Structures, Everlast Climbing, Robertson Recreational Surfaces, UltraSite, and our newest acquisition, Power Systems. The Preferred Vendor Program offers our brands the opportunity to directly build relationships with Jewish Community Centers across North America and provide them with PlayCore’s best in class service, programming, and product selection.

For more information, visit JCC Association of North America


Kids Around the World
Kids Around the World is a faith-based organization founded to provide safe play equipment for children in these kinds of situations. The organization strives to restore hope through the power of play by building playgrounds worldwide for communities in need.

PlayCore has supported the efforts of Kids around the World by providing equipment for underserved countries and working with the organization to set up a playground recycling program, refurbishing equipment that communities wish to donate, and shipping it around the world to provide play opportunities to the world’s children.

To learn more, visit Kids Around the World.

Active Schools  

Active Schools
The Active Schools national collaborative helps schools create Active School environments that provide America’s children with at least 60 minutes of physical activity before, during and after the school day. There is power in having the nation’s best and brightest come together to solve a problem. That’s why Active Schools operates on the collective impact framework – a model where like-minded organizations team up and combine resources to enact meaningful, sustainable change. Together, we strive to bring the positive benefits of physical education and physical activity to every child across the country because we know and believe that Active Kids Do Better.

PlayCore supports schools enrolled in the Active Schools program. To learn more about this partnership, Contact Us.


National Institute for Play
The National Institute for Play non-profit public benefit corporation committed to bringing the unrealized knowledge, practices and benefits of play into public life. It is gathering research from diverse play scientists and practitioners, initiating projects to expand the clinical scientific knowledge of human play and translating this emerging body of knowledge into programs and resources which deliver the transformative power of play to all segments of society. The National Institute for Play is led by the founder, Dr. Stuart Brown.

PlayCore recently sponsored the development of The State of PlayScience DVD and partners with Stuart Brown to provide training and program development.

To learn more, visit National Institute for Play.


Natural Learning Initiative (NLI)
The Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) is a research and design assistance program of the College of Design of North Carolina State University. NLI creates environments for healthy human development and a healthy biosphere for generations to come. The purpose of the Natural Learning Initiative is to promote the natural environment in the daily experience of all children and families, through environmental design, action research, education, and dissemination of information.

PlayCore has partnered with the Natural Learning Initiative to develop two comprehensive design programs, NatureGrounds and Pathways for Play, to promote and encourage meaningful play experiences for children in nature.  PlayCore is a proud sponsor of the Natural Learning Initiative and their annual Growing in Place Symposium and Design Institute. 

To learn more, visit Natural Learning Initiative.


National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
The NRPA advances parks, recreation and environmental conservation efforts that enhance human potential and the quality of life for all people. Working closely with allied organizations, NRPA strives to facilitate and promote the development of grassroots, self-help initiatives in communities across the country.

As a longtime partner, PlayCore served as a 2010 Titanium Sponsor, supporting their Connecting Communities initiative and the 2010 NRPA Congress and Exposition at the highest level. In 2011, PlayCore is pleased to be NRPA’s sole Tier One sponsor – providing a brand new playground in an underserved Atlanta neighborhood, a new Play Trail, and sponsoring events throughout National Congress.

To learn more, visit NRPA.




Personal Health Investment Today
Personal Health Investment Today is dedicated to building prevention into healthcare to reduce the costs associated with obesity, sedentary behavior, and associated diseases.The PHIT Act, legislation currently pending in Congress, would encourage healthier lifestyles by reducing the costs of physical activity.

To learn more, visit PHIT America.


SHAPE America
SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. SHAPE America’s mission is to advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance, and sport. As the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, the organization is committed to empowering all children to lead healthy and active lives through effective health and physical education programs. Through our national partnership, PlayCore has worked with physical activity experts to develop Play On!: Promoting Physical Activity and Fitness Through Active Play, an evidence-based program designed to promote physical fitness and fun through the use of well-designed outdoor play environments and creative playground learning activities. For years, PlayCore has been a member of SHAPE America’s Advisory Council to address our collective goal of active, fit, and healthy Americans. PlayCore is a proud supporter of 50 Million Strong by 2029 SHAPE America’s national commitment to empowering all children to lead healthy and active lives through effective health and physical education programs.

For more information, visit SHAPE America.


Trust for Public Land (TPL)
A national, non-profit land conservation organization, the TPL conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places that are vital to making communities livable for generations to come.

PlayCore was proud to sponsor TLP’s 2010 City Park Facts resource to help cities better define programs, research, and advocacy in their local city parks.

To learn more, visit the Trust for Public Land.


Unlimited Play 
Unlimited Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that assists in planning, designing, and building of universally accessible playgrounds that allow all children to play together, regardless of their abilities. Unlimited Play is a wonderful resource with unique expertise in the development of inclusive play spaces that promote respect for others, as well as self-esteem in children.

To learn more, visit Unlimited Play.


US PLAY Coalition
The US PLAY Coalition is a partnership to promote play throughout life and recognizes play as a valuable and necessary part of a healthy and productive lifestyle. Housed within Clemson University's College of Health, Education and Human Development, the coalition's purpose is to bring together organizations and individuals in support of play and to open up opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to incorporate play into their lives.

PlayCore is a proud sponsor of the Conference for the Value of Play at the Platinum level and provides various educational sessions on our various programs and best practices in the industry.

To learn more, visit US PLAY Coalition.


Voice of Play 
IPEMA’s Voice of Play initiative promotes the benefits of children’s play and playgrounds by providing information and resources to encourage the quality and quantity of children’s play and the use of playgrounds. Through resources on the Voice of Play website – www.voiceofplay.com and a social media outreach effort, the initiative heightens public awareness among key professional and consumer groups, including, parents, children, community groups, school administrators, parks and recreation professionals, playground designers and equipment manufacturers.

To learn more, visit Voice of Play.

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