GameTime is pleased to announce the funding recipients of the 2019 North Carolina Recreation and Park Association’s Healthy Play and Recreation Initiative. Up to $2 million in matching funds will be given to local park and recreation agencies in North Carolina for the purchase of new playground systems. This is the first year for the funding and educational partnership between NCRPA, GameTime, Cunningham Recreation and PlayCore.
In the educational component of the initiative, PlayCore provided CEU-qualified professional development sessions throughout North Carolina to share research-based best practices in playground design and programming. For the funding component of the initiative, GameTime made a commitment of up to two-million dollars in matching funds for NCRPA agencies who submitted applications for assistance with the development of playground spaces that encourage best practice designs for active behavior.
“At the heart of GameTime and our parent company PlayCore, is the desire to enrich childhood through play with contemporary design, world-class manufacturing, and research-based programs and curriculum,” said Bob Barron, Senior Vice President for GameTime. “One way we do this is through the training workshops, providing park and recreation professionals with research and resources to create spaces that are based on best practices. With that research, NCRPA agencies are better equipped to create recreation areas that maximize park usage and encourage children and families to be more active together.”
Each of the playgrounds that are funded by the initiative will be designated as National Demonstration Sites for data collection, and will contribute data to highlight best practices and outcomes achieved.
“We’re excited to start this new chapter and help local communities put research into action,” said Michelle Wells, Executive Director of NCRPA. “We had such an incredible amount of support from local agencies with this initiative, more than 120 people attended the professional development events in January and February. We look forward to seeing the impacting ripple effects in our communities! Congratulations to the 18 newly designated National Demonstration Sites in our state.”
The following are the 2019 recipients and will be recognized at the 2019 Carolinas Joint Conference in September:
Bertie County Parks & Recreation
Buncombe County Recreation Services
Carolina Beach Parks & Recreation
Clayton Parks & Recreation
Davidson Parks & Recreation
Durham Parks and Recreation
Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Graham Recreation and Parks
Greensboro Parks and Recreation
Knightdale Parks, Recreation & Cultural Programs
Nashville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources
Pine Springs Preparatory Academy
Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Scotland County Parks & Recreation
Town of Maysville
Washington Parks & Recreation
Watauga County Parks & Recreation
While the specific funding amounts for each of these projects will be determined once designs are completed and approved by the related agencies, up to $2 million in total funding will be matched.