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Kansas Statewide Education and Funding Initiative- Round 2

KRPA, PlayCore’s Center for Outreach, Research & Education (CORE) and GameTime are partnering through a unique statewide training and funding initiative to demonstrate the positive impact high-quality play and recreation destinations and programs can have on community health and wellness.

Participants in the KRPA Statewide Initiative will be recognized for exemplifying evidence-based best practices in design and implementation and will be provided meaningful data and research findings about community impact. The goals of the initiative include:


Statewide professional development opportunities will be held to provide relevant and interactive training experiences about how play and recreation are essential to creating healthier, happier communities. Ideal for parks and recreation professionals, landscape architects, educators, and other play advocates, these education events and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are being offered at no cost through PlayCore’s Center for Outreach, Research, and Education.


Funding opportunities to support the development of high quality outdoor play and recreation environments will be awarded to communities that seek to serve as National Demonstration Sites. These projects of excellence will implement evidence-based best practices in the areas of inclusion, nature integration, physical activity, and adult fitness. GameTime will provide up to $1 Million in matching funds to agencies and organizations committed to aligning with evidence-based design criteria.


Data collection, outcomes sharing, and research findings reports will further champion parks and recreation as an essential contributor to improving the quality of life for children, families, and communities in Kansas. Awardees will assist in data collection and reporting that will be shared with KRPA and their members to create awareness, support advocacy efforts, and further the goals and mission of KRPA.

Statewide Training and Matching Funds Process

1- Join a Professional Development Webinar 

Register for a webinar by visiting www.gametime.com/krpa for registration link, session descriptions, and an overview of the agenda. Complimentary professional development webinars available on July 30th and August 4th.

These interactive education symposiums will help participants effectively fuel their community’s passion for play and recreation and empower stakeholders to become champions for high quality outdoor play and recreation environments that meet the diverse needs of children, families and communities. Attendees will be inspired by unique design and program innovations, leadership case examples and strategies to creatively consider the needs and goals of community stakeholders. The content and hands-on learning activities will equip participants in developing strong advocacy messages of how investing in parks and recreation has a positive impact on building viable communities through physical activity, inclusive play, engagement with nature and play value in a collaborative effort to improve the quality of life in communities across Kansas.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop advocacy messages describing why play and recreation is essential to a healthier and happier society.
  • Apply research-based design best practices to create high-quality outdoor play and recreation destinations.
  • Discuss model projects, positive community outcomes, and the health and wellness benefits of inclusion, physical activity, and nature.

PlayCore's Center for Outreach, Research & Education is providing the statewide professional development services and GameTime will provide up to $1M in matching funds to assist agencies across Kansas create play and recreation destinations that have been thoroughly reviewed to align with research-based best practices. These projects will serve as National Demonstration Sites (NDS) and serve as national models for promoting physical activity, fitness, nature engagement and inclusion.The sessions will offer Continuing Education Units for professionals and promise to be lively, informative and educational. Lunch and educational resources will be provided by GameTime and Cunningham Recreation.

2- Put Training into Action and Submit Funding Application

Submit Your Application Here. Advocate for your community and put your training into action. Write a 1000-2000 word essay to describe your community's needs, partnership opportunities, and overall goals of the project. Submit your completed essay  at www.gametime.com/krpa.

3- Awardees Selected

Representatives from KRPA, GameTime, and PlayCore will select qualifying projects to be considered for playground matching funds. Orders must be placed by October 30, 2020 through GameTime’s exclusive Kansas representatives.

4- Data Collection and Research

PlayCore will facilitate statewide data collection and gather outcomes to be shared with the community through education and outreach. Awardees will be recognized at the 2021 KRPA Conference.

KRPA Statewide Initiative Timeline

1. Attend Professional Development Event: July/August 2020
2. Complete Funding Application and Essay: August 27, 2020
3. Announce Statewide Funding Recipients: September 4, 2020
4. Submit Play and Fitness Equipment Orders: October 30, 2020
5. Ship Play and Recreation Products: December 4, 2020
6. All Play and Fitness Installations Complete: December 28, 2020
. Observe and Collect Usage Data: 2020-2021
8. Recognize Statewide Initiative Participants: 2021 KRPA Conference

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