Innovation is the key to the future, but research is the key to innovation


PlayCore and scientific research go hand in hand. Our network brings together unmatched scholarly leadership and academic expertise in a team of experts dedicated to incorporating validated research into everything we do. To stay on the forefront, we partner with renowned research institutions, major universities, and scholars to enrich the play and recreation discipline and ensure that best practices have a voice. Our unequalled scholar network consults and works with our Center for Outreach, Research and Education (CORE) to ensure we align research, programming, products, and service so that communities can ensure a vibrant, meaningful environment that serves their needs, exceeds their expectations, and delights the people who live, work, and play there.

Research is creating new knowledge

Neil Armstrong

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Our Scholar Network

PlayCore is proud to partner with leading experts, universities, and scholars that are committed to play and recreation. Our research partners work with us to develop field tested best practices across a variety of play and recreation disciplines.

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Including people with disabilities in play and recreation activities and providing them the same opportunities to participate is true definition of inclusion. We have partnered with industry leading experts to help communities design inclusive play and recreation spaces.

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Nature Play

Health research recognizes everyday outdoor play in nature as a powerful preventative strategy for overall health and well-being. In partnership with The Natural Learning Initiative, we have conducted several studies that support the benefit of playground naturalization and nature play.

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Our work around nature play helped us to understand the role of sinuous pathways in the overall play space. We partnered with The Natural Learning Initiative and top trail industry experts to create best practice design principles to get children and families active on trails.

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Youth Fitness

Childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States putting kids at risk for poor health. PlayCore worked with Shape America, the organization that has established standards for developing physically literate students, to develop curriculum promoting youth fitness.

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Adult Fitness

Obesity is a health priority, and creating meaningful outdoor adult fitness spaces that offer a well rounded workout gets people outside and active. We partnered with scholars to create a comprehensive approach to adult fitness.

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