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NCRPA Promotes Play & Recreation Education and Funding Initiative - Morganton
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When: 2/20/2019
9:00am - 1:30pm
Where: Morganton Community House
120 N King Street
Morganton, North Carolina  28655
United States
Contact: Michelle Wells

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NCRPA Promotes Play & Recreation Education and Funding Initiative


NCRPA, PlayCore and GameTime are aligning resources and strategically partnering to promote best practices in parks and recreation, provide quality education and arm communities with evidence-based resources  This NC initiative is supported by Cunningham Recreation.  

GameTime, along with PlayCore’s Center for Outreach, Research & Education, will provide statewide professional development services and up to $2 million in matching funds to assist parks in NC 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. These projects will assist in providing outcomes and reporting that will be shared with NCRPA and their members. National Demonstration Sites promote advocacy at the community and state levels, and collectively will provide resources that align with the mission and strategic plan of NCRPA.

See the Statewide Training & Matching Funds Application Process details on page 2 at

Attendance is required at 1 of the 4 workshops being offered to be eligible to apply for matching grant funds.

REGISTRATION:  All details are online at  Registration is FREE and includes lunch, educational resources, and continuing education certificates. CEUs will be provided for a total of 2.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH)/ .25 CEUs

Parks are essential to creating healthier, happier societies across generations. This interactive education symposium 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 in these modern times. 

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. 

Join us to share your vision, and discover evidence-based best practices that thoughtfully promote: physical activity, inclusive play, engagement with nature, and play value in a collaborative effort to improve the quality of life in communities across North Carolina.

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 benefits of inclusion, physical activity, and nature engagement.

Instructor:  Jennie Sumrell,  PlayCore Director of Education: Programs, Partnerships & Professional Development.  Jennie has worked with children and families of all abilities for nearly ten years. Her formal training and experience in early childhood education, exceptional learning, special education, and assistive technology allows her to have meaningful influence on program and product development. Jennie is responsible for programs and partnerships that help build communities through play and she leads PlayCore’s community outreach providing continuing education to professionals across the country.


9:00 - 9:15am   Arrival, Registration and Light Refreshments
9:15 - 9:30am  Welcome and NCRPA Statewide Initiative Overview
10:00 - 11:30am  Education Session: Words on Play: Fuel Your Community’s Passion for Play and Recreation
11:30 - 12:00pm  Lunch
12:00 - 1:00pm  Hands On Activity
1:00 - 1:30pm  Survey and Closing

 Register online at