September 11, 2017

GameTime and PlayCore to Present Educational Sessions at 2017 NRPA Conference


The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) will host its annual Conference and Expo September 26-28, 2017. The conference is the largest gathering of park and recreation professionals in the country. More than 7,000 attendees will gather for the three-day event to learn from experts in the field and visit over 500 exhibitors.

One of the most important benefits of the NRPA Conference is the varied educational sessions. It's a highlight for the park and recreation professionals who attend each year. It's also a representation of the mission and values that drive GameTime and PlayCore.

“We base all of our product design and play environments on third party research by experts like Utah State University Center for Persons with Disabilities and NC State University Natural Learning Initiative,” said Kent Callison, Director of Marketing for GameTime. “Sharing the knowledge and best practices we’ve learned is one of the most gratifying aspects of our work. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to present these educational sessions at the 2017 NRPA Conference.”

This year GameTime and PlayCore will present six sessions and speed sessions on a wide range of topics, including aquatic play, outdoor fitness and inclusive recreation. Make plans to join us for one or all of the sessions below:


Outdoor Music Parks: Landscape of the Future
Tuesday, Sept 26
Time: 2:35pm-3:30pm
Location: Room 220
Presenters: Donna Codd (Freenotes Harmony Park, a PlayCore company), Richard Cooke (Grammy award-winning musician) and Dr. Inés Palacios, Ph.D. (PlayCore)

Speed Session Bringing the Indoors Outside: How to Create Functional Outdoor Gyms that Get Results
Wednesday, Sept 27
Time: 9:00am-9:20am
Location: Room 207
Presenter: Anne-Marie Spencer (PlayCore)

Speed Session Conducting a Successful Grant Search for Your Project
Wednesday, Sept 27
Time: 10:10-10:30am
Location: Room 208
Presenter: Anne-Marie Spencer

Water Wisdom: Planning, Designing and Maintaining Water Play Destinations
Thursday, Sept 28
Time: 11:30am-12:45pm
Location: Room 208
Presenters: Chris Thomas (Water Odyssey, a PlayCore company) Douglas Whiteaker (Landscape Architect), and Tom Norquist (GameTime, a PlayCore company)

Shift into Gear: Considerations for Biking in Your Community
Thursday, Sept 28
Time: 11:30am-12:45pm
Location: Room 221
Presenters: Travis Even (Dero, a PlayCore company) and Dr. Inés Palacios, Ph.D. (PlayCore)

Inclusive Play Matters
Thursday, Sept 28
Time: 9:45am–11:00am
Location: Room 217
Presenter: Lisa Moore (PlayCore)

If you would like to learn more about our continuing education options or schedule a continuing education workshop on one of more than a dozen recreation topics for CEU credits, contact us for more information.