Power of Urban Play

Unleashing the Role of Play Environments as Community Assets

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Power of Urban Play

Unleashing the Role of Play Environments as Community Assets

Children need to play! But many children in urban areas face barriers that make access to play difficult. The Power of Urban Play is a resource that considers the viewpoints and work of more than 40 urban park and recreation leaders. This resource will help you understand the important role of play in urban communities, define the trends and unique characteristics of urban playgrounds, and recognize the best practices for developing and maintaining wholesome play environments as community assets.

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The Power of Urban Play: Unleashing the Role of Play Environments as Community Assets is a national report that was developed with the expertise of urban park and recreation leaders from across the country and sponsored by PlayCore. The report identifies the unique characteristics of urban communities and defines best practices that address their unique needs and challenges. Launched as a Hot Topic at the 2009 National Recreation and Park Association Congress and Exposition, this report is one component of an ongoing initiative by PlayCore to promote the value of urban play by providing urban leaders with valuable resources and benchmarks, affecting public policy, and informing professionals through training and collaboration.

Our Advisory Network

  • Joseph Wynns, Project Leader and Former Director
    Indianapolis Parks and Recreation
  • Marilyn Boyd Drew, Former Director
    DeKalb County, GA, Parks and Recreation
  • Norm Merrifield, Director
    Cincinnati Recreation Commission
  • Joe Turner, Director
    Houston Parks and Recreation 
  • Jon Kirk Mukri, Former General Manager
    City of Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks
  • Sue Black, Director
    Arizona. Dept. of Parks
  • Nancy Barthold, Asst. Commissioner
    New York City Dept. of Parks & Recreation
  • Catherine Nagel, Executive Director
    City Parks Alliance
  • Peter Harnik, Director
    Ctr. for City Park Excellence, The Trust for Public Land
  • Ashley Futrell, Former Senior Manager, Public Policy
    National Recreation and Park Association
  • Rose Harvey, Senior Vice President
    The Trust for Public Land

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