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Power Of Urban Play

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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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  • Play! Hosting & Exhibiting at PRO Trade Show!

    More on this topic in the video below:

    Interested in listening? Catch Jennie from 3:15pm to 4:30pm on Wednesday, March 25th.

    As for the Play! team, you can find them exhibiting at the annual Trade Show on Thursday, March 26th at Booth #609. They will be sharing the latest information on Play! by Crozier’s exciting lines and answering any questions you may have.

    We would love the chance to speak with you!

    See you in Collingwood!

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  • Play! Exhibits & Hosts Lecture at OALA!

    Words on Play is a unique treatise by leading play scholars, researchers, advocates and experts in the areas of child development, inclusion, physical activity, nature and learning. Learn more by checking out this video:

    Are you inspired to attend this lecture? There’s still time to sign up!

    In addition to the lecture, the Play! team will be exhibiting at the annual Trade Show on Friday, March 27th. Be sure to visit our booth where they will be sharing the latest information on Play! by Crozier’s exciting lines and answering any questions you may have.

    We would love the chance to speak with you!

    See you in Guelph!

     

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  • Don’t Miss Out On Our Educational Lectures!

    Event: 2015 PRO Educational Forum and Trade Show at Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood, ON:
    Time: Wednesday, March 25 from 3:15pm – 4:30pm
    Topic: Adult Fitness Parks: Promoting Community Health & Physical Activity

    Background: Given the dramatic rise in adult obesity, promoting regular physical activity is a public health priority. Adult Outdoor Fitness Parks provide more available, accessible, affordable and enjoyable ways to exercise in neighbourhood parks and destinations. Through thoughtful planning, design, placement and execution, these parks can provide the well-rounded workout needed to improve health and overall wellness. We’ll highlight successful parks and demonstration sites that champion the unique benefits of this innovative solution to community health. Take home best practice design considerations, implementation strategies, evaluation methods and sustainability measures—and make your fitness park a winner.

    Need more info? Watch this video here: 


    Event: (Pre-OALA Event) 47th OALA AGM & Conference at Delta Guelph Hotel in Guelph, ON:
    Time: Thursday, March 26 from 8pm – 9pm
    Topic: Words on Play: How Investing in Outdoor Environments Results in Healthy Community Outcomes

    Background: Words on Play is a unique treatise by leading play scholars, researchers, advocates and experts in the areas of child development, inclusion, physical activity, nature and learning. Current research provides thought provoking insight, intentional design strategies and aligned messages to demonstrate that investing in outdoor play initiatives is a valid solution to creating a healthier, happier society. This session will further inspire and empower landscape architects to effectively advocate their work as a valid solution to enriching and enhancing the quality of life where we live, work and play.

    *Eligible for CE credits of the Mandatory Continuing Education Program

    Need more info? Watch this video here: 

    Are you inspired to attend one or both of these lectures? There’s still time to sign up! If you can’t make the event, feel free to contact a Play! Sales Associate to learn more about Words On Play and Adult Fitness Parks and receive your COMPLIMENTARY guidebooks.

    About PlayCore: PlayCore’s mission is to build stronger communities around the world by advancing play through research, programs and partnerships. PlayCore is the parent company of GameTime, North America's largest manufacturer of playground equipment and the renowned leader in play and Water Odyssey, the industry leader of aquatic play equipment.

    More about the speaker Jennie Sumrell:
    Jennie has worked in the field of childhood development and exceptional learning for nearly fifteen years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Exceptional Learning from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, a master’s certificate in Adaptive & Assistive Technology from the University of Miami, and a master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Jennie has presented as a guest lecturer at universities and at nearly 200 regional, state, national, and international conferences and play symposiums on a variety of topics such as inclusive play, bringing learning outdoors, engaging children with nature, promoting physical activity, and the developmental benefits of play. As the Director of Education, she works within PlayCore’s Center for Professional Development to conduct independent research with universities and play scholars, develop best practice programs to support play and recreation initiatives, provide continuing education through a variety of professional development events, and help communities advocate for play across the nation.

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  • Reconnect Children to Nature with Play

    They are not alone. PlayCore, whose mission is to advance play through research, programs and partnerships, has come up with a way to blend nature with play in NatureGrounds: Creating & Retrofitting Play Environments: Best Practice Guidelines

    Looking to bring in some play elements to an empty green space or wanting to revamp a current playground?  NatureGrounds provides best practice guidelines for designing play environments that deliberately bring nature back into children’s lives. Created in partnership with the Natural Learning Initiative, this 48-page guidebook outlines how to integrate manufactured play equipment and the living landscape to create richer play experiences.

    Imagine being able to offer students both guided nature tours AND a dedicated play area where they can unwind while continuing to learn and be stimulated by the nature-themed play surroundings.  

    Why consider naturalized playgrounds? Studies reveal a strong link between children's experiences being outdoors in nature and their psychological well-being and overall development. Here’s a few of the benefits:

    • Reconnecting with Nature: Research shows that when children play in environments that integrate nature with built environment, they reach higher levels of physical activity and engage in more social interaction.  
    • Added Value: Naturalization adds value to play equipment by enhancing visual qualities, thereby attracting children outdoors to use parks and school grounds.
    • Safe and Unique: Playground safety has reached the point where children may find playgrounds uninspiring. To counteract this trend, naturalization is an effective strategy to stimulate and encourage play.
    • Comfortable: Naturalization adds shade, and comfort — resulting in sustained repeat visits and a relaxed, playful social atmosphere.
    • Fresh Air!

    Intrigued? Play! by Crozier is a proud partner of PlayCore. Contact a Play! Sales Associate to learn more about NatureGrounds and receive your COMPLIMENTARY guidebook. Our sales staff can help you implement these best practices into your playground design and incorporate nature themed play elements that will add to the natural appeal of your playground.

    Enjoy nature play!

    About PlayCore: PlayCore believes that play enriches lives and they are committed to enriching play and fitness for children, families and communities. They believe innovative programs like NatureGrounds are critical for challenging and inspiring the future innovation of play environments across the nation. PlayCore is the parent company of GameTime, North America's largest manufacturer of playground equipment and the renowned leader in play.

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  • On the Path to Nature

    Pathways for Play is a 61 page educational resource that helps communities plan, design, and promote playful pathways. By infusing play along trails, the hope is that it will engage and motivate children to get outdoors and get active together. An ideal setting for this- local conservation areas. 

    “Conservation areas have always provided vital environmental education to children. Pathways for Play serves as a great resource to help enhance students’ overall knowledge and excitement for nature,” said Play! Sales Associate Eric Nadeau. “As children explore a trail, they will encounter nature-themed play pockets that encourage hands-on learning and fun.”

    The term pathway covers all forms of infrastructure, including greenways, trails and sidewalks that are used by pedestrians and cyclists. The term play pocket covers all forms of spaces and facilities identifiable by children and caregivers as play environments integral to playful pathways. Play pockets vary in size and may contain a mix of natural, living, and manufactured elements located on and linked by playful pathways.

    As kids walk along the path, they will come across GameTime’s educational signage and PlayTrails activity signs which help improve environmental literacy, reconnect children to nature and encourage imagination. See examples of PlayTrails activity guides HERE.

    Choose from an assortment of Fun Facts on wildlife (Bugs & Leaves pictured below) that allow kids to discover fascinating facts about nature through observation. The kids will be talking about it long after the field trip!   

    The Pathways for Play guidebook provides best practice guidelines for upgrading existing or designing new systems that:

    • Extend play value
    • Enable health promotion
    • Create family fun
    • Expand inclusion
    • Engage users with nature
    • Reinforce environmental literacy

    On the right Path? Contact a Play! Sales Associate to learn more about Pathways for Play and receive your COMPLIMENTARY guidebook. Our sales staff can help you implement these best practices to incorporate play into trails and pathway networks in your community. 

    About PlayCore: PlayCore believes that play enriches lives and they are committed to enriching play and fitness for children, families and communities. PlayCore is the parent company of GameTime, North America's largest manufacturer of playground equipment and the renowned leader in play.

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