GRPA Promotes Play & RecreationTurning Research Into Practice Across the State of Georgia
GRPA, PlayCore, and GameTime are aligning resources and strategically partnering to promote best practices in parks and recreation, provide quality education, and arm communities with evidence-based resources. The goals of the initiative are:
- Execute state-wide professional development events to offer training opportunities on current trends and research-based practices for play and recreation destinations.
- Turn research into practice to demonstrate GRPA as an essential contributor to improving the quality of life of children, families, and communities across the state of Georgia.
- Provide funding opportunities to support the deployment of high-quality projects across the five service areas to create outdoor play and recreation spaces that align with evidence-based best practices.
- Distribute publications and other advocacy and communication tools to further champion play and recreation initiatives and report outcomes data.
PlayCore’s Center for Outreach, Research & Education, in partnership with their GameTime brand, will provide statewide professional development services and up to $1.5 million in matching funds to assist parks in the GRPA districts create play and recreation destinations that have been thoroughly reviewed to align with research-based best practices. These projects will serve as National Demonstration Sites (NDS) and serve as national models for promoting physical activity, fitness, nature engagement, and inclusion. These projects will assist in providing outcomes and reporting that will be shared with GRPA and their members. National Demonstration Sites promote advocacy at the community and state levels, and collectively will provide resources that align with the mission and strategic plan of GRPA.
Advocate and Apply
1.5 Million Dollars in Funding Available
GameTime is awarding funds to agencies across the state of Georgia 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 June 7, 2018.