Educational Programs

Blueprint for Play: A Toolkit for Building Communities through Play & Recreation Initiatives

Play and recreation bring communities together in a variety of meaningful ways. The Blueprint for Play toolkit is a customizable resource to inspire and build communities through play and recreation initiatives. The resources found in this tookit are intended to inspire communities to maximize the very process itself as a pivotal opportunity to bring stakeholders together for a community based initiative.
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Playground Maintenance

To keep your playground in top condition, good maintenance is essential. Authored by playground safety consultants Teri Hendy and Daniel Hendy of Site Masters Inc., GameTime's playground maintenance guide is designed to help you learn how to maximize your playground maintenance efforts by properly identifying and correcting potential hazards on the playground.
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Playground Supervision

Adequate playground supervision is essential to promote playground safety and fun. This guide will help you explore the value of play, gain an understanding of the play environment, identify potentially hazardous conditions, develop an understanding of acceptable play behaviors, define recommended supervision practices, and prepare your organization to improve its playground supervisory program.
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Power of Urban Play™: 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.
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School-Park Partnerships: A Case Study of Excellence

School-park partnerships can provide strategies for building healthier communities, strengthen programming, enhance play and recreation opportunities, and create opportunities. This resource features the processes and best practices utilized in Springfield, Missouri, where a partnership between the Springfield-Greene County Parks Board and Springfield School District serves as a detailed case study and real-world example for creating and promoting effective partnerships.
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Strong Foundations™: Planning, Purchasing and Protecting Playground Surfacing Investments

Strong Foundations is a guidebook that educates on how to properly plan for, purchase, and protect playground surfacing to ensure years of enjoyable use by children of all abilities. By exploring the many options in playground surfacing, this guidebook provides valuable tools to help playground owners increase the play value and functionality of their play space.
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Unified We Play: Partnership Best Practices for Play and Recreation

Play and recreation are critical for healthy communities. Communities are growing at a rapid pace, and providing recreation opportunities to keep pace with the growth is challenging. Unified We Play is a national initiative to identify the importance of partnerships in meeting community needs, defining the key points to explore when undertaking a partnership, and promoting best practices strategies to develop and maintain successful partnerships.
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Words On Play: A Treatise on its Value by Leading Play Scholars

Words On Play highlights the work of respected play authorities-our friends, mentors, and partners who continue to inspire us and who continue to shape our knowledge of the power of play.
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