National Demonstration SitesRecognizing Communities for Turning Research Into Practice
Leading the Way for Play
We believe high-quality recreation environments play a critical role in promoting community health. Research indicates that when stakeholders are engaged in the planning process, evidence-based design principles are implemented with the built environment, and supplemental programming is offered to further enhance user experiences, then positive outcomes occur.
National Demonstration Sites (NDS) exemplify evidence-based best practices in design and implementation, support health-related initiatives, and provide meaningful ways for community stakeholders to gather data about the sites’ impact on the community. There are five NDS programs that help communities turn research into practice in local park destinations. Choose to utilize one or a combination of NDS designations to thoughtfully support playful pathways, nature play, adult fitness, youth physical activity, and inclusion in outdoor play and recreation settings.
Learn more about each of these National Demonstration Site designations below, or request more information on how your community can participate in a nationwide effort to collect and report outcomes-based data that make a lasting impact for generations to come.
National Demonstration Site Informational Brochure
Me2® - 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design®
Including people with disabilities in play and recreation activities and providing them the same opportunities to participate is true definition of inclusion. We have partnered with industry leading experts to help communities design inclusive play and recreation spaces.Learn More Download Brochure
Nature Based Play
Health research recognizes everyday outdoor play in nature as a powerful preventative strategy for overall health and well-being. In partnership with The Natural Learning Initiative, we have conducted several studies that support the benefit of playground naturalization and nature play.Learn More Download Brochure
Trail Based Play
PlayTrails® and Pathways for Play™
Our work around nature play helped us to understand the role of sinuous pathways in the overall play space. We partnered with The Natural Learning Initiative and top trail industry experts to create best practice design principles to get children and families active on trails.Learn More Download Brochure
Youth Fitness and Physical Activity
Childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States putting kids at risk for poor health. PlayCore worked with Shape America, the organization that has established standards for developing physically literate students, to develop curriculum promoting youth fitness.Learn More Download Brochure