Innovative Solutions

Putting Research into Practice®

Putting Research into Practice®

Our complete solutions are where research, program, and product all come together. Using the research gleaned from our scholars, we create best practice programs, while our companies utilize the same research findings to create products that put practice into action. Taken together, these solutions help your community get active, build capital & promote connectivity.


Inclusion Index


Building an inclusive recreation space is one of the best things a community can do for people. Inclusive play and recreation simply means no one is left out, and everyone of all ages and abilities can play to the greatest extent possible.

Inclusion Solutions
Nature Solutions Index

Nature Play

Research reveals a link between people’s experiences with nature and their psychological well-being and development. Learn how our research has created opportunities for designing nature back into children’s lives, to benefit children’s play and engage communities to create richer play experiences.

Nature Play Solutions
Playful Pathways Solutions Index

Playful Trails

Innovative pathway designs infused with play is a paradigm change that could increase children's walking and biking habits by offering a network of intriguing linear play environments connecting children's homes to playgrounds and other meaningful, daily life destinations.

Playful Trails Solutions
Physical Fitness Solutions Index

Physical Fitness

Physical activity in play is critical for healthy lifestyles and the development of the mind, body, and spirit. Communities are seeking valid ways to address the dramatic rise in childhood obesity and combat sedentary lifestyles in new, exciting ways.

Physical Fitness Solutions
Dog Park Solutions Index

Dog Parks

With pet ownership on the rise in the United States, many communities have started introducing special amenities and advertising themselves as “pet friendly” to build community capital and attract new residents to the area.

Dog Park Solutions
Spectator Seating Index

Spectator Seating

Spectator seating is an important asset within a city or region for a variety of reasons. Maximizing the allotted space, engaging people while ensuring comfort, and planning for storage, press boxes, team accommodations, eating spaces, etc are critical to the success of a venue.

Spectator Seating Solutions
Aquatic Header Index


The public swimming pool is the place where kids go to learn to swim, families go for a fun pool session, and summertime sessions offer those on vacation from school and outlet for activity and gathering. The pool offers a wealth of health advancements not found in other recreation environments.

Aquatic Solutions
Outdoor Adult Fitness Solutions Index

Outdoor Adult Fitness

Outdoor adult fitness spaces are a growing way to help get adults actively engaged in healthy activity. Creating a meaningful outdoor fitness space can be a challenge without the right information to help guide your choices.

Outdoor Adult Fitness Solutions
Surfacing Header Index


Surfacing is the finishing touch for many recreation environments. While it is essential in playgrounds, it can provide comfort, aesthetics, and maintenance relief in many types of spaces. We can provide guidance on planning, purchasing, and protecting your surfacing, as well as the products.

Surfacing Solutions
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Research supports the bike-friendly community as a healthy option in a variety of ways. Our scholarly partnerships, research, and product options around bicycle infrastructure can help communities invest in active transportation, and build more bicycle-inclusive communities.

Bicycling Solutions
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Outdoor Music

Perhaps nothing has been as fundamental to the shared human experience throughout history as much as music. In addition to being enjoyable; research shows how music has positive effects on learning, memory, and our ability to experience pleasure.

Outdoor Music Solutions
Green Schoolyards Solutions

Green Schoolyards

PlayCore has joined forces with the Children & Nature Network to raise awareness and overcome barriers in the implementation of green schoolyards. Together, we will survey and engage school staff and other partners, share best practices, create model environments, and share benefits, impact, and out

Green Schoolyards Solutions