NCRPA Promotes Play and Recreation Statewide Funding and Training Initiative


North Carolina Recreation and Park Association (NCRPA), PlayCore, GameTime, and Cunningham Recreation are aligning resources and strategically partnering to promote best practices in parks and recreation, provide quality education, and arm communities with evidence-based resources.

Parks are essential to creating healthier, happier societies across generations. Complimentary professional development events hosted by PlayCore’s Center for Outreach, Research & Education (CORE) will be held starting January 30th through February 21st at four locations across North Carolina. These interactive education symposiums will help participants effectively fuel their community’s passion for play and recreation and empower stakeholders to become champions for high-quality outdoor play and recreation environments that meet the diverse needs of children, families, and communities.

Attendees will be inspired by unique design and program innovation, leadership examples, case studies, and strategies to creatively consider the needs and goals of community stakeholders. The content and hands-on learning activities will equip participants in developing strong advocacy messages of how investing in parks and recreation has a positive impact on building viable communities through physical activity, inclusive play, engagement with nature, and play value in a collaborative effort to improve the quality of life in communities across North Carolina.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop advocacy messages describing why play and recreation are essential to a healthier and happier society.
  • Apply research-based design best practices to create high-quality outdoor play and recreation destinations.
  • Discuss model projects, positive community outcomes, and the benefits of inclusion, physical activity, and nature engagement.

While CORE provides statewide professional development services, GameTime, a leading playground designer/manufacturer, will provide up to $2M million in matching funds to assist parks and recreation departments who are members of NCRPA create play and recreation destinations. These sites will be thoroughly reviewed to align with research-based best practices. These projects will serve as National Demonstration Sites (NDS) and as national models for promoting physical activity, fitness, nature engagement, and/or inclusion.

Each of the four symposiums are designed for mid to upper-level professionals in the fields of park and recreation, landscape architecture, and education. The sessions will offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for professionals and promise to be lively, informative, and educational. Lunch and educational resources will be provided by GameTime and Cunningham Recreation.

To learn more about this partnership and ways to attend the events, please visit: