May 14, 2019

GameTime and CPRS Partner for Education and Funding Across California

Put Research Into Action

GameTime has partnered with California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) and PlayCore to bring educational workshops and project funding to communities across the state of California. The statewide initiative begins June 3, 2019 with a PlayCore professional development symposium in La Mesa, California where parks professionals, educators, and landscape architects will learn the latest research on the benefits of outdoor play and recreation.

PlayCore's Russ Carson leads a professional development
symposium on the value and benefits of play


PlayCore professional development sessions will also be held in seven California cities: La Mesa, Riverside, Cerritos, Oxnard, Fresno, West Sacramento and Santa Clara throughout the month of June. The sessions will cover best practice design principles in the areas of inclusive play, nature and trail-based recreation, and increasing outdoor physical activity for children, adults and families. Attendees of these sessions will be awarded CEU credits and provided with information on a funding initiative by GameTime to put research into action. GameTime has set aside up to two million dollars in matching funds to assist California agencies in bringing healthy, active play areas to children and families. Learn more about this education and funding initiative at

Playspaces like the new playground at Adrian C. Cordova Park in
Calexico was made possible by the CPRS Healthy Play Initiative in 2016.


Projects designed using the best practices discussed in the PlayCore professional development sessions will be eligible for National Demonstration Site status. The National Demonstration Site™ (NDS) program of excellence captures a community’s commitment to advancements in play and recreation and recognizes their efforts through a comprehensive recognition program. Research and guidebooks in Outdoor Adult Fitness™, 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design®, Play On!® youth fitness, NatureGrounds®, and Pathways for Play™, create the foundation of the NDS program to inspire communities to build play and recreation spaces utilizing best practices and designs established by scholars and experts in the respective fields. PlayCore continues to support and encourage a community’s engagement through the design and implementation process and provides the tools to demonstrate their leadership to others. The sites are placed on the National Registry of Demonstration Sites and become part of our network for ongoing data collection.

Learn more about the CPRS Healthy Play Initiative and register for one of the seven professional development symposiums near you.