State-Wide Healthy Play Funding & Training Initiative

Join Us at a Professional Development Training Event in Your Area!

Lunch. Learn. Fund.

CPRS is teaming up with PlayCore & GameTime to promote play and health across California! Register for one of our upcoming professional development events. These events will demonstrate how design best practices can help your park or recreation area improve the health and quality of life of families in your community. You'll also learn how your community can apply for up to 100% matching funds to develop a new recreation project that promotes health and wellness.

Tuesday, June 27
County of San Diego
Spring Valley Community Center
8735 Jamacha Blvd.
Spring Valley, CA  91977
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Tuesday, July 11
City of West Sacramento
West Sacramento Recreation Center
2801 Jefferson Blvd.
West Sacramento, CA  95691
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Wednesday, June 28
City of Irvine
Quail Hill Community Park
35 Shady Canyon Drive
Irvine, CA  92603
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Wednesday, July 12
City of Fresno
Ted C Wills Community Center
770 N. San Pablo Ave.
Fresno, CA  93728
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Thursday, June 29
City of Los Angeles
Roy A. Anderson Recreation Center (Expo Center)
Multi Purpose Room 1
3980 South Bill Robertson Lane (Formerly Menlo Avenue)
Los Angeles, CA  90037
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Thursday, July 13
City of Santa Clara
Henry Schmidt Park Building
555 Los Padres Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA  95050
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Training Event Agenda (All Events)

10:00am-10:15am: Arrival & Registration
10:15am-10:45am: Welcome & Introduction to the CPRS State-Wide Healthy Play Training and Funding Initiative
10:45am-12:00pm: Education Session Part 1: Advocating for the Research Benefits of Play
12:00pm-12:30pm: Lunch (Provided by GameTime & Great Western Recreation/MRC)
12:00pm-1:15pm: Education Session Part 2: Putting Research to Practice- Hands-On Learning Activity  
1:15pm-1:30pm: Action Planning & Closing

Education Session Description

Parks are a valid solution for creating a healthier, happier society across generations.  Discover and align best practices to promote physical activity, inclusive play, and engagement with nature that result in positive community outcomes and help advocate the benefits of parks and recreation.  Attendees will be inspired by multiple leadership case examples in which champions across the state of California thoughtfully addressed the local needs and goals of their stakeholders, aligned projects with research-based solutions, and enhanced the quality of life for citizens across the state. Partnerships, potential funding resources, programs, data collection, and outcomes reporting will be shared for model park destinations.   The content will help equip participants in demonstrating that investing in parks and recreation has a positive impact on building viable, healthier communities.

Education Learning Outcomes

  • Identify research-based design strategies and considerations for promoting health and wellness in outdoor play and fitness destinations.
  • Discuss model projects and programs of distinction that intentionally engage and address the needs of community stakeholders.
  • Summarize key indicators and initial outcomes from communities that have put research into practice as we collectively strive to promote the value of parks and recreation across the state. 

Master Trainer

Jennie Sumrell
Director of Education,

Download the invitation here.

NOTE: These educational workshops offer research-based best practices for designing and programming high-quality outdoor play and recreation environments that support active, healthy communities.  A total of 2.5 Professional Development Hours/.25 CEUs will be provided.  The content will align and be beneficial in the completion of the application for any interested parties in taking advantage of the funding opportunities. 

Refreshments, educational resources, and continuing education certificates will be provided. CEUs provided for a total of 2.5 professional development hours/ .25 CEU.

Sponsored By



Stephanie Stephens, CAE | Executive Director, CPRS “We’re excited to once again share how Parks Make Life Better®, share statewide training and help local communities put research into action!”

Advocate and Apply

Two Million Dollars in Funding Available

GameTime is awarding funds to agencies across the state of California to help build play and recreation projects that support healthy communities. Complete the funding application and write a 1,000 – 2,000-word essay to describe your community playground needs and expected outcomes. Two communities from each region will receive up to 100% matching funds toward the purchase of a new playground. Funds are also available for eligible Adult Outdoor Fitness packages and Challenge Courses. Completed applications and essays must be submitted by August 15, 2017.

Be a Champion for Healthy Communities Download the Funding Application
Process and Deadlines

Up to 100% Matching Funds for Play Systems

Communities who are awarded funds as part of the CPRS Statewide initiative can apply their funding award toward the purchase of PowerScape, PrimeTime and IONiX play systems.

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Up to $20,000 in Funds for Challenge Course

Create a multigenerational fitness destination in your parks with Challenge Course. CPRS Statewide Initiative funds can be applied to the purchase of Challenge Course Pro or Youth Series.

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Up to $5,000 in Funds for Outdoor Fitness Equipment

Help adults in your community stay more active and achieve their health and wellness goals. CPRS Statewide Initiative funds can be applied to these Outdoor Fitness Packages.

View Outdoor Fitness Terms & Conditions