Evidence-Based Resources

Sharing a robust library of tools

We package our scholarly research into a variety of resources that provide communities with the tools they need to rally support, plan and design best practice environments, and serve as catalysts for community engagement and impact. PlayCore resources drive meaningful outcomes. We publish scholarly works featuring best practice design principles that can enhance your recreation project with research-based design guidelines. We offer planning resources to help advocate, plan, design, and program across a variety of recreation topics. Our curricula and programs provide outlets to teach and provide children and families with exciting new knowledge, friendships, and skills.  Advocacy and impact tools are also available to help you become the expert and the voice of support in your community, to take projects from start to finish and beyond.

Our unmatched library of resources represent the work of a broad network of scholars, practitioner experts, who are committed to our shared mission of building communities through play and recreation. We believe play and recreation are essential and an integral part of healthy growth, development, and learning, and that play continues through life, helping people stay youthful, healthy, and active. 

Best Practice Design Principles

Through the research derived from our scholar network, we provide research-based principles and guidelines to help design environments that promote positive community usage and meaningful outcomes. At PlayCore, we don’t just build play and recreation infrastructure. Our innovative design programs are based on valid, scholarly research and can enhance your play and recreation project, taking it to a level of success beyond aesthetics. A successful play and recreation environment lets people succeed physically, socially, and emotionally. It brings families and communities closer together, teaches independence, skills, and confidence, and takes away the stresses of everyday life. 

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7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design®

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Putting Nature Into Play

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Outdoor Adult Fitness

Best Practices for Promoting Community Health by Increasing Physical Activity

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Pathways for Play®

Infusing Play Into Pathway Networks to Encourage Active Lifestyles for Children, Families, and Communities

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Play On!®

Promoting Physical Activity & Fitness Through Active Play

Planning Guides

Our scholar and practitioner network informs a variety of useful planning resources and recommendations to help thoughtfully advocate and plan recreation projects across a variety of categories. We recognize that it is critical to elevate recreation spaces and to educate and inform decision makers and the public about the value these spaces bring to a community. These guides offer suggestions for responsible and effective approaches, tips for developing recommendations, and case examples from communities who have successfully advocated for recreation. 

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Make a Stand®

A Practical Planning Guide to Spectator Seating

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Natural Harmony™

An Instrumental Guide to Blending Music and Community

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Shift Into Gear®

A Bicycling Advocacy Resource

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Strong Foundations®

Planning, Purchasing, and Protecting Play and Recreational Surfacing™

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Off-Leash Dog Park Design Trends and Planning Tips

Curricula & Programs

While best practice design helps create a high-quality environment, programming helps increase usage and engagement. Our standards-based curricula and programs maximize a community or school's playground investment by offering programming that teaches character education, promotes learning and education, and helps develops physical fitness in a fun way that children of all ages and abilities embrace. 

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2Play Together®

Playground Programming to Foster Friendships Through Inclusive Play

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Outdoor Creative Play and Learning

Standards-Based Playground Activities That Stimulate Creativity, Imagination, and Learning

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Play On!®

Promoting Physical Activity & Fitness Through Active Play

Advocacy & Impact Tools

When seeking support for a project, education builds advocates. Our resources help people who are working hard to advocate for new play and recreation projects through leadership and empowerment tools which arm them with validated, citable material and funding resources so they can advocate with authority on the issues affecting the community, and the actions needed to bring about change.

We work with a variety of experts on city, state, and national levels to gather research that can help impact public policies and budgets, educate elected officials, maximize resources for play and recreation, and advocate for communities to increase recreation opportunities that advance health and well-being.

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Blueprint for Play®

A Toolkit for Building Communities Through Play & Recreation Initiatives

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A PlayCore Digest

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Playground Inspection and Maintenance Guide

Preserving the Play Environment, Promoting the Value of Play, Protecting Children

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Playground Supervision Guide

Preserving the Play Environment, Promoting the Value of Play, Protecting Children

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Power of Urban Play

Unleashing the Role of Play Environments as Community Assets

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The Science of Play™

A treatise of articles by Dr. Stuart Brown, National Institute for Play

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Unified We Play®

Partnership Best Practices for Play and Recreation

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Water Immersion Works®

Research-Based Health Benefits of Aquatic Immersion and Activity

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Words on Play™

A Treatise on its Value by Leading Play Scholars