GameTime Playground and Fitness Park in Lakewood, California Named National Demonstration Site
Matching Funds from GameTime Help Make Community More Active and Playful
GameTime is pleased to announce Rynerson Park in Lakewood, California has been named a National Demonstration Site. Rynerson Park received the designation in Adult Outdoor Fitness and in PlayOn! Youth Fitness from PlayCore.
Keeping Children Active
PlayOn! demonstration sites promote physical activity and active play among youth. The PlayOn! program is the result of a joint partnership between PlayCore and physical activity experts SHAPE America to provide a solution to enhance active play opportunities on the playground. Each park features a variety of six key play elements designed to promote physical activity: balancing, brachiating, swinging, climbing, sliding, and spinning. By utilizing PlayOn!, which includes 125 standards ‘based fitness activities designed for the playground, the sites can help children be more active, and learn to see fitness as fun. All three of the new play spaces achieved this milestone.
Outdoor Adult Fitness
In addition, Rynerson Park was also awarded NDS status for Adult Outdoor Fitness. Qualifications include providing a variety of elements to encourage the four elements of a well-rounded workout: cardio, muscle development, core development, and balance/flexibility. Aligned with PlayCore’s research-based best practice guide, Outdoor Adult Fitness Parks™: Best Practices for Promoting Community Health by Increasing Physical Activity, the site highlights the benefits of outdoor exercise. As stated in Outdoor Adult Fitness Parks™, “Exercising outdoors provides all the physical benefits of indoor exercise (blood flow, improved cardiovascular health, improved strength, flexibility, endurance, etc.) and can also provide important exposure to vitamin D, unlike indoor exercise.”
All National Demonstration Sites receive certification, become part of a national registry, and are promoted actively to other communities wishing to create recreation spaces using validated best practices in design and/or programming.
Learn more at www.gametime.com/nds