CPRS, PlayCore & GameTime join together again
to Promote Healthy Play through Statewide Training & Funding


CPRS, PlayCore, and GameTime are aligning resources and strategically partnering to support and promote CPRS’s use of parks and recreation opportunities, education, and resources. The goals of the initiative are:

  • Execute statewide professional development to encourage best practice design considerations for healthy play
  • Deploy research and data collection to demonstrate CPRS as an essential contributor to improving the quality of life of families in California
  • Provide matching funding to assist high-quality projects in each of the five regions to create outdoor recreation spaces that align with research-based best practices
  • Publish white papers and other advocacy and communications tools to further champion play and recreation initiatives

PlayCore’s Center for Professional Development, in partnership with their GameTime brand, will provide statewide professional development services and up to two million dollars in matching funding to assist at least three parks in each of the five CPRS regions install a pre-approved play and recreation project that promotes best practices.

These projects will serve as National Demonstration Sites (NDS) by aligning research-based best practices to create high-quality play and recreation environments. These projects will assist in data collection and outcomes sharing that will result in a publication of a white paper to be launched at the 2018 CPRS Conference. 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 CPRS.


The process:

Join a Region Professional Development Event.

Bring research-based best practices to your community. Visit our 2017 schedule and find a course near you!  Register HERE!

Advocate for your community and put your training into ACTION!  

Write a 1,000 - 2,000 word essay to describe your community playground needs and expected outcomes.  Tell us how this project will bring healthy PLAY to your community!

Submit your completed Application and Essay.  

Applications must be submitted ONLINE by August 15, 2017.  Apply HERE!

Celebrate Statewide!  

THREE winners will be selected from each of the five CPRS Regions to implement the initiative! See all terms and conditions here.


Resources for a Successful Application:


These communities were recipients of our 2015-16 Healthy Play Funding:

  • City of Murrieta, Vintage Reserve Park
  • City of El Segundo, Hilltop Park Playground
  • City of Bell Gardens, Marlow Park
  • City of Santa Rosa, A Place to Play Park
  • County of San Diego, Spring Valley Park
  • City of West Covina, Cameron Park
  • City of Lakewood, Rynerson Park
  • City of Redding, Kids Kingdom
  • City of Bakersfield, Wayside Park

Download the complete report from our 2015-16 Healthy Play Initiative!