IPRA Healthy Play and Recreation Statewide Initiative

IPRA Healthy Play and Recreation Statewide Initiative
Parks are essential to creating healthier, happier societies across generations!  Be inspired by the leadership case examples created through the IPRA Healthy Play & Recreation Statewide Initiative which has deployed 50+ high-quality outdoor destinations across the state of Illinois.  Evidence-based design best practices for promoting physical activity across generations, addressing physical and social inclusion, and integrating nature into the everyday spaces of childhood, and initial research findings from the statewide initiative will help build a strong case for the positive impact parks have on community health and wellness. Interactive and hands-on learning experiences will inspire and equip learners with knowledge and valuable resources to passionately advocate for outdoor play and recreation.  Join us to learn more about this unique initiative to turn research into practice and the opportunity to participate in meaningful data collection as a project of excellence exemplifying evidence-based best practices.

 Date  Time   Location   
 March 3, 2020  8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.     Deerfield Golf Club and Learning Center   
 March 3, 2020  12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.   Plainfield Township Community Center  
 March 4, 2020      9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Hampshire Township Park District  
 March 5, 2020  9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Peoria Park District Noble Center in Lakeview Park     
 March 6, 2020  12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.   Fairview Heights: The Rec Complex  

To Register:
Delegates should visit https://www.gametime.com/ipra to register for one of five (5) regional events listed above.

Fee: FREE! Includes refreshments and education materials, including research and evidence-based guidebooks from leading play researchers and universities.

CEUs: Continuing Education Units will be provided through PlayCore's Center for Outreach, Research, and Education. Learners receiving CEUs must meet the criteria for participation and achievement of learning objectives. Please see registration pages for complete agenda and specifics on CEUs.

Questions: Contact Kathryn Barnes at Kathryn.barnes@gametime.com

Statewide Initiative Timeline:

 1   Attend Professional Development Event    March 3-6, 2020  
 2  Complete Funding Application and Essay   April 20, 2020
 3  Announce Funding Recipients  April 27, 2020
 4     Submit Play and Fitness Equipment Orders      June 15, 2020 
 5  Ship Play and Equipment Products  July 20, 2020 
 6  Play and Fitness Installations Complete   September 7, 2020
 7  Observe and Collect Usage Data  2020-2021
 8  Recognize Statewide Initiative Participants   2021 Soaring to New Heights Conference 

3/3/2020 - 3/6/2020

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