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  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/06/2024 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Providing a truly inclusive play or park experience requires thoughtful planning and attention to ensure that site furnishings and amenities are more usable by more people, including those with disabilities, to the greatest extent possible. The placement or location of site furnishings and amenities and their operability is key to providing an inclusive play and park experience. Site amenities and design considerations within the built environment should be integrated throughout park destinations to support inclusive, intergenerational play and recreation. Scoping and technical guidelines for benches, picnic tables, grills, waste and recycling receptacles, picnic pavilions, drinking fountains/bottle fillers, telescopes, docks and piers, fitness equipment, toilet rooms, signage, and temporary events will all be addressed. This is the fourth session of a yearlong four-part Beyond the Minimums accessibility series. This webinar includes real-time captioning and video remote interpreting (VRI) upon request. To request video interpreting services and/or resources in an alternate format, please email core@playcore.com at least two weeks prior to the live webinar date.

    The Critical Role Accessible Site Amenities Play in Creating Outdoor Environments Where EveryBODY Feels Welcome

    Providing a truly inclusive play or park experience requires thoughtful planning and attention to ensure that site furnishings and amenities are more usable by more people, including those with disabilities, to the greatest extent possible. The placement or location of site furnishings and amenities and their operability is key to providing an inclusive play and park experience. Site amenities and design considerations within the built environment should be integrated throughout park destinations to support inclusive, intergenerational play and recreation.  Scoping and technical guidelines for benches, picnic tables, grills, waste and recycling receptacles, picnic pavilions, drinking fountains/bottle fillers, telescopes, docks and piers, fitness equipment, toilet rooms, signage, and temporary events will all be addressed. This is the fourth session of a yearlong four-part Beyond the Minimums accessibility series. This webinar includes real-time captioning and video remote interpreting (VRI) upon request. To request video interpreting services and/or resources in an alternate format, please email core@playcore.com at least two weeks prior to the live webinar date.

    1. Identify crucial elements that enhance inclusivity within play area and park design, recognizing how site furnishings and amenities can improve usability for diverse individuals.
    2. Outline effective strategies to integrate inclusive design considerations throughout park destinations, fostering intergenerational play and recreation experiences.
    3. List and provide explanations for technical guidelines about various site amenities, encompassing benches, picnic tables, grills, waste and recycling receptacles, picnic pavilions, drinking fountains/bottle fillers, telescopes, docks and piers, fitness equipment, toilet rooms, signage, and temporary events.
    4. Discuss the practical implementation of inclusive design principles, predicting and exploring the impact on park experiences. Engage in conversations about the challenges and solutions associated with creating genuinely inclusive play and recreation spaces.

    William (Bill) Botten

    Accessibility Consultant

    PlayCore

    Botten who currently works as an accessibility consultant joined the U.S. Access Board in 2000 and served for 22 years (retired in 2022) in several capacities while on staff including as a senior accessibility specialist, technical assistance coordinator, and the training coordinator. He was part of a team that developed the combined guidelines for the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Architectural Barriers Act and was the lead staff for the development of guidelines and technical assistance materials for the rulemaking on outdoor developed areas. Bill specializes in accessibility issues related to recreation facilities and outdoor developed areas.

    Jennie Sumrell (Moderator)

    CORE Community Outreach Director

    PlayCore

    Jennie worked in the field of childhood development and exceptional learning for nearly fifteen years. She has a Master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Jennie joined PlayCore in 2008 and serves as the Community Outreach Director within PlayCore’s Center for Outreach, Research and Education. Deeply passionate about inclusive, intergenerational play, Jennie utilizes her expertise and personal experiences as an educator to positively impact the development of innovative play and recreation destinations that focus on community health and wellness.

    This session will offer the following credits:

        

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    0.1 IACET CEU 1.0 AIA HSW LU      1.0 LA CES HSW PDH 0.1 CEU1.25 Electives


    CEUs for a total of 1 Professional Development Hours (0.1 IACET CEU / 1.0 AIA HSW LU / 1.0 LA CES HSW PDH / 0.1 CTRS / 1.25 ACTCP Elective) will be provided to learners meeting the following requirements: 

    • Be present for 95% of the duration of the learning event; 
    • Participate in activities and discussion throughout; 
    • Complete assessment with 80% mastery of learning outcome;
    • Complete feedback/evaluation survey.

    CEUs can be applied toward NRPA CPRP/CPRE renewal and ACTCP certification. To obtain your CEU, please visit the "Event Details" tab above to complete the associated components for this event.

    Instructor(s) Disclosures:

    The instructors of this training webinar are employed by PlayCore and disclose an interest in attendees partnering with PlayCore on their play and recreation initiatives.


    Speakers Disclosures:

    The opinions of the speakers in these events do not necessarily reflect the views of PlayCore and its brands.


    Notes:

    For any questions or to request a copy of the written transcript for this session, please contact core@playcore.com

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/28/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Join us for an insightful webinar discussing the intricate landscape of securing funding within municipal governments. We'll explore the complexities of government structures, the nuances of agency contracting processes, and the potential pitfalls along the way. Discover why adopting innovative approaches is crucial and explore alternative contracting methods to mitigate risks. Uncover the importance of understanding funding source deadlines and leveraging community health and wellness data to strengthen proposals. Gain invaluable insights into maximizing funding opportunities while ensuring the well-being of your community.

    Navigating Municipal Funding: Strategies for Success

    Join us for an insightful webinar discussing the intricate landscape of securing funding within municipal governments. We'll explore the complexities of government structures, the nuances of agency contracting processes, and the potential pitfalls along the way. Discover why adopting innovative approaches is crucial and explore alternative contracting methods to mitigate risks. Uncover the importance of understanding funding source deadlines and leveraging community health and wellness data to strengthen proposals. Gain invaluable insights into maximizing funding opportunities while ensuring the well-being of your community.

    1. Discuss key features of municipal government structures impacting funding acquisition.
    2. Identify specific challenges within agency contracting processes and list actionable solutions.
    3. Outline and evaluate the effectiveness of innovative funding and contracting approaches.
    4. List and apply community health and wellness data to enhance funding proposals and outcomes.

    Mike Shull

    City Parks Alliance & Los Angeles Parks Foundation

    Michael Shull graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and is currently a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California. Immediately following graduation, he began his career with the City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works, Bureau of Engineering.

    At Public Works, he served as one of the City’s Engineers, immersing himself in the project management of many large City capital projects. Various projects centered on the Department of Recreation and Parks, where his knowledge and interest expanded with the challenges the City’s park system faced.

    In 2005, he joined the City’s Recreation and Parks team as the head of the Planning Division and worked on innovative design approaches to improve existing parks and increase access to open space. Guiding the development of several major Department facility assessment reports and parks initiatives, including the 2006 Pool Assessment Report, the 2009 Citywide Community Needs Assessment, the Department’s Water Conservation Plan, and the Department’s 2019 Five Year Strategic Plan.

    Since 2005, the Department has added 74 new parks and expanded 14 others, adding nearly 700 acres of land while reducing potable water usage by approximately 50%. Mr. Shull implemented equity-based strategies and goals in both achieving gender parity while doubling youth participation in many recreation programs.  Program data and technology played a significant role in support of those strategies for funding and resource requests, which culminated in a $160M funding agreement with the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Games to subsidize youth sports and fitness programs, removing cost barriers for participation in the City of Los Angeles lower-income areas.

    In 2013, Mr. Shull was appointed as General Manager of the Department of Recreation and Parks by Mayor Eric Garcetti. As the General Manager, Mr. Shull oversaw more than 500 City Park properties on over 16,000 acres of land, and 1500 full-time employees, and managed an operating budget of approximately $275 million.

    Assets included 60 swimming pools, 123 recreation centers, 13 golf courses, 30 senior centers, 300 tennis courts, 350 basketball courts, 25 skate parks, and hundreds of athletic fields. The Department’s operations serve more than 100,000 youth participants in recreation sports and fitness programs throughout the City with a prioritized equity approach.

    Mr. Shull is most proud of managing the Department during some of the City’s most challenging fiscal years while expanding park access, adding many new park amenities, increasing capital and resource investment in low-income communities, achieving gender equity, growing recreational programs, restoring critical operation position authorities and providing critical emergency response during the pandemic where Recreation and Parks staff provided vital resources to the unhoused community and places for safe learning for children while local schools were closed.

    Mr. Shull retired after 32 years of service for the City of Los Angeles in July of 2022 but continues to consult and volunteer his time as an active board member of the City Parks Alliance and Los Angeles Parks Foundation.

    Anthony Iracki (Moderator)

    Professional Development Manager

    PlayCore

    As an experienced Professional Development Manager, Anthony Iracki is dedicated to making a positive impact in the park and recreation industry. Based in Michigan, he's passionate about promoting inclusion, innovative programming, and community vitality. 

    This session will offer the following credits:

        

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    0.1 IACET CEU 1.0 AIA LU      1.0 LA CES PDH


    CEUs for a total of 1 Professional Development Hours (0.1 IACET CEU / 1.0 AIA LU / 1.0 LA CES PDH) will be provided to learners meeting the following requirements: 

    • Be present for 95% of the duration of the learning event; 
    • Participate in activities and discussion throughout; 
    • Complete assessment with 80% mastery of learning outcome;
    • Complete feedback/evaluation survey.

    CEUs can be applied toward NRPA CPRP/CPRE renewal. To obtain your CEU, please visit the "Event Details" tab above to complete the associated components for this event.

    Instructor(s) Disclosures:

    The instructors of this training webinar are employed by PlayCore and disclose an interest in attendees partnering with PlayCore on their play and recreation initiatives.


    Speakers Disclosures:

    The opinions of the speakers in these events do not necessarily reflect the views of PlayCore and its brands.


    Notes:

    For any questions or to request a copy of the written transcript for this session, please contact core@playcore.com

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/07/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Meeting the minimum accessibility design standards for play and recreation areas is the first step to ensuring everyone can participate, enjoy, and experience park and play area facilities. During the session, a panel of individuals with disabilities and professionals who support persons with disabilities will discuss features that can “make or break” play and recreational opportunities for individuals with autism, people with developmental disabilities, people with various sensory or communication needs, or individuals who are neurodivergent. Strategies, design elements, barriers, and accessibility will be discussed differently. We hope you will join us for this look beyond the minimum accessibility design standards to discover how your community can make your park and play areas more inclusive for everyone. This is the third session of a yearlong four-part Beyond the Minimums accessibility series. This webinar includes real-time captioning and video remote interpreting (VRI) upon request. To request video interpreting services and/or resources in an alternate format, please email core@playcore.com at least two weeks prior to the live webinar date.

    Disability Park Awareness Panel

    Meeting the minimum accessibility design standards for play and recreation areas is the first step to ensuring everyone can participate, enjoy, and experience park and play area facilities. During the session, a panel of individuals with disabilities and professionals who support persons with disabilities will discuss features that can “make or break” play and recreational opportunities for individuals with autism, people with developmental disabilities, people with various sensory or communication needs, or individuals who are neurodivergent. Strategies, design elements, barriers, and accessibility will be discussed differently. We hope you will join us for this look beyond the minimum accessibility design standards to discover how your community can make your park and play areas more inclusive for everyone. This is the third session of a yearlong four-part Beyond the Minimums accessibility series. This webinar includes real-time captioning and video remote interpreting (VRI) upon request. To request video interpreting services and/or resources in an alternate format, please email core@playcore.com at least two weeks prior to the live webinar date.

    1. Develop a statement of understanding that demonstrates the features that make a park or play area inclusive for everyone.
    2. Summarize the features and elements people with disabilities look for when choosing their recreational experiences.
    3. Evaluate existing park and play areas, and identify barriers that may restrict people with disabilities from being able to fully participate in the provided recreational opportunities.
    4. List two (2) helpful resources to obtain additional information or to utilize when evaluating new and existing park and play areas for inclusion.

    William (Bill) Botten

    Accessibility Consultant

    PlayCore

    Botten who currently works as an accessibility consultant joined the U.S. Access Board in 2000 and served for 22 years (retired in 2022) in several capacities while on staff including as a senior accessibility specialist, technical assistance coordinator, and the training coordinator. He was part of a team that developed the combined guidelines for the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Architectural Barriers Act and was the lead staff for the development of guidelines and technical assistance materials for the rulemaking on outdoor developed areas. Bill specializes in accessibility issues related to recreation facilities and outdoor developed areas.

    Jennie Sumrell (Moderator)

    CORE Community Outreach Director

    PlayCore

    Jennie worked in the field of childhood development and exceptional learning for nearly fifteen years. She has a Master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Jennie joined PlayCore in 2008 and serves as the Community Outreach Director within PlayCore’s Center for Outreach, Research and Education. Deeply passionate about inclusive, intergenerational play, Jennie utilizes her expertise and personal experiences as an educator to positively impact the development of innovative play and recreation destinations that focus on community health and wellness.

    Damian Buchman

    Founder & Executive Director

    The Ability Center

    As a two-tie, 29-year, one-in-a-billion survivor of childhood cancer, Damian was an active teenager whose bone cancer diagnosis left him with an ambulatory disability at the age of 13. He quickly learned how to adapt to his “new normal,” today, he is an adaptive athlete, an adoptive father, and a successful social entrepreneur.

    As in the years since his “recovery,” he has undergone 28 major knee surgeries, including a variety of replacements and revisions. His resulting disability gives him unique insights and passion into his quest to help and inspire others who face physical challenges in their lives.

    Whether he’s playing and competing in a variety of adaptive sports (including wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, mono-skiing, and wakeboarding, to name just a few), working with kids at various camps, or founding organizations such as The Opportunity Center, The Ability Center, and the Wisconsin Adaptive Sports Association, Damian always goes all out. 

    Jules Edwards

    Founder

    Autistic, Typing

    Jules Edwards is a neurodivergent Anishinaabe writer, gardener, accountant, and disability justice advocate. She is the parent of neurodivergent Afro Indigenous people, and care provider to many neurodivergent children throughout the years. Jules is passionate about building community and works to improve child safety and disability policy. Jules’ educational background includes a 2020-21 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) fellowship, 2021-22 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) National Training Director Council trainee, and 2022-23 Wilder Foundation Community Equity Program cohort member. Current roles include: care work of disabled youth, co-founder of Minnesota Autistic Alliance, board member for the Minnesota Ombudsman for American Indian Families, board member of The Arc Minnesota.  She serves as the elected chairperson of the Minnesota Autism Council, a workgroup of the Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee. Her culture shapes her worldview and decision-making, and she is committed to making the community a better place for generations to come.

    This session will offer the following credits:

        

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    0.1 IACET CEU 1.0 AIA HSW LU      1.0 LA CES HSW PDH 0.1 CEU1.25 Electives


    CEUs for a total of 1 Professional Development Hours (0.1 IACET CEU / 1.0 AIA HSW LU / 1.0 LA CES HSW PDH / 0.1 CTRS / 1.25 ACTCP Elective) will be provided to learners meeting the following requirements: 

    • Be present for 95% of the duration of the learning event; 
    • Participate in activities and discussion throughout; 
    • Complete assessment with 80% mastery of learning outcome;
    • Complete feedback/evaluation survey.


    CEUs can be applied toward NRPA CPRP/CPRE renewal and ACTCP certification. To obtain your CEU, please visit the "Event Details" tab above to complete the associated components for this event.

    Instructor(s) Disclosures:

    The instructors of this training webinar are employed by PlayCore and disclose an interest in attendees partnering with PlayCore on their play and recreation initiatives.


    Speakers Disclosures:

    The opinions of the speakers in these events do not necessarily reflect the views of PlayCore and its brands.


    Notes:

    For any questions or to request a copy of the written transcript for this session, please contact core@playcore.com

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Determining what makes an outdoor setting ideal for early childhood development and how to craft such spaces is essential. Equally vital is educating future designers and educators to create environments that support age-appropriate play and learning. This lecture will tackle these inquiries, discussing the characteristics of effective outdoor environments that cater to the developmental needs of children aged 0-8. It will explore the connection between children's developmental requirements and various design features and landscape elements. Additionally, the session will delve into methodologies for evaluating the effectiveness of these environments and identify strategies to design interactive, engaging, natural, and healthy outdoor spaces that promote holistic development in children.

    Determining what makes an outdoor setting ideal for early childhood development and how to craft such spaces is essential. Equally vital is educating future designers and educators to create environments that support age-appropriate play and learning. This lecture will tackle these inquiries, discussing the characteristics of effective outdoor environments that cater to the developmental needs of children aged 0-8. It will explore the connection between children's developmental requirements and various design features and landscape elements. Additionally, the session will delve into methodologies for evaluating the effectiveness of these environments and identify strategies to design interactive, engaging, natural, and healthy outdoor spaces that promote holistic development in children.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    1. List the characteristics of an 'effective' outdoor environment that supports the developmental needs of young children (ages 0-8).
    2. Discuss the connection between children's developmental needs and various design features and landscape elements.
    3. Recognize the various methods used to evaluate the effectiveness of outdoor environments for young children.
    4. Identify design strategies that create interactive, engaging, natural, and healthy outdoor spaces for young children.

    Anthony Iracki (Moderator)

    Professional Development Manager

    PlayCore

    As an experienced Professional Development Manager, Anthony Iracki is dedicated to making a positive impact in the park and recreation industry. Based in Michigan, he's passionate about promoting inclusion, innovative programming, and community vitality. 

    Muntazar Monsur, PhD (Moderator)

    Assistant Professor Landscape Architecture

    Texas Tech University

    Dr. Monsur is an assistant professor in Texas Tech University's Department of Landscape Architecture. His teaching and research efforts are focused to enhance the quality of children's lives by improving/modifying environments with special emphasis in schools, preschools, and childcare centers. One of his primary goals at Texas Tech is to collaborate with different departments and units of the university and the city/state to develop a long-term research plan focused on a holistic approach of childhood development by bringing more nature in children's everyday experience to promote health and wellbeing. Monsur is also an expert in distance education and online course development in the fields of design. He is trained in Quality Matters (QM), a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer-review process that certifies the quality of online courses. He was involved in the development of the first officially certified QM course for the College of Design at NC State University.  Prior to joining the Tech faculty, Monsur served as postdoctoral research scholar with the Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) in the College of Design at North Carolina State University-Raleigh. In NLI, he worked as the project coordinator of a multi-year USDA AFRI grant investigating the role of gardening on physical activity and consumption of fruit and vegetables among preschool-age children. Earlier he was a lecturer in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology's Department of Architecture in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Monsur received his bachelor's degree and master's degree from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in architecture. His doctoral degree in design is from North Carolina State. Recent honors include receiving the Gertrude Cox Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology (2018), NCSU Professional Development Award (2016),and the ‘Architectural Research Center's Consortium King Medal for Excellence in Innovation, Integrity, Scholarship in Architectural/Environmental Design Research' (2015).

    This session will offer the following credits:

        

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            1.0 AIA HSW LU 
        1.0 LA CES HSW PDH


    CEUs for a total of 1 Professional Development Hours (0.1 IACET CEU / 1.0 AIA HSW LU / 1.0 LA CES HSW PDH) will be provided to learners meeting the following requirements: 

    • Be present for 95% of the duration of the learning event; 
    • Participate in activities and discussion throughout; 
    • Complete assessment with 80% mastery of learning outcome;
    • Complete feedback/evaluation survey.


    CEUs can be applied toward NRPA CPRP/CPRE renewal. To obtain your CEU, please visit the "Event Details" tab above to complete the associated components for this event.

    Instructor(s) Disclosures:

    The instructors of this training webinar are employed by PlayCore and disclose an interest in attendees partnering with PlayCore on their play and recreation initiatives.


    Speakers Disclosures:

    The opinions of the speakers in these events do not necessarily reflect the views of PlayCore and its brands.


    Notes:

    For any questions or to request a copy of the written transcript for this session, please contact core@playcore.com

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Many park and recreation agencies and other public organizations, struggle to fund capital and operating expenses with traditional funding sources typically generated through tax dollars. This session will introduce alternative funding opportunities that can assist agencies, no matter how large or small, in identifying potential new funding sources to help diversify their financial portfolios. Specific topics to be presented include an overview of alternative funding options, methods to evaluate the suitability for an agency and its community, and success stories that have utilized alternative funding for community projects and services.

    Looking Beyond the Tax Dollar - Alternative Funding 101

    Many park and recreation agencies and other public organizations, struggle to fund capital and operating expenses with traditional funding sources typically generated through tax dollars. This session will introduce alternative funding opportunities that can assist agencies, no matter how large or small, in identifying potential new funding sources to help diversify their financial portfolios. Specific topics to be presented include an overview of alternative funding options, methods to evaluate the suitability for an agency and its community, and success stories that have utilized alternative funding for community projects and services.

    1. Define alternative funding and describe how it can assist agencies in diversifying their financial portfolios. 
    2. Identify methods to evaluate different alternative funding sources based on the agency’s mission and goals, as well as the needs and characteristics of its community.
    3. List the benefits and challenges of developing and utilizing alternative funding for community projects and service.
    4. Summarize examples of agencies that have successfully utilized alternative funding for projects and services in their communities.

    Becky Benná, CPRP

    Alternative Funding Strategist for Public Agencies

    Becky’s career has spanned over 40 years in the field of parks and recreation, serving communities with populations of 20,000 to over 1 million. Creative use of alternative funding has been her priority in helping agencies become more financially self-sufficient and sustainable in meeting the needs of their communities. Becky is past president of the prestigious American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration and served six years on the NRPA Board of Directors. 

    Anthony Iracki (Moderator)

    Professional Development Manager

    PlayCore

    As an experienced Professional Development Manager, Anthony Iracki is dedicated to making a positive impact in the park and recreation industry. Based in Michigan, he's passionate about promoting inclusion, innovative programming, and community vitality. 

    This session will offer the following credits:

        

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    0.1 IACET CEU


    CEUs for a total of 1 Professional Development Hours (0.1 IACET CEU) will be provided to learners meeting the following requirements: 

    • Be present for 95% of the duration of the learning event; 
    • Participate in activities and discussion throughout; 
    • Complete assessment with 80% mastery of learning outcome;
    • Complete feedback/evaluation survey.

    CEUs can be applied toward NRPA CPRP/CPRE renewal. To obtain your CEU, please visit the "Event Details" tab above to complete the associated components for this event.

    Instructor(s) Disclosures:

    The instructors of this training webinar are employed by PlayCore and disclose an interest in attendees partnering with PlayCore on their play and recreation initiatives.


    Speakers Disclosures:

    The opinions of the speakers in these events do not necessarily reflect the views of PlayCore and its brands.


    Notes:

    For any questions or to request a copy of the written transcript for this session, please contact core@playcore.com

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join us for our "Summer Programming Survival Guide" webinar, designed to equip park and recreation professionals with essential strategies for a successful summer season. This engaging session will cover best practices for summer planning, leadership techniques with a social equity focus, and methods to prevent burnout. Additionally, discover creative ideas to celebrate Parks and Recreation Month and ensure your community enjoys a memorable and inclusive summer.

    Summer Programming Survival Guide

    Join us for our "Summer Survival Guide" webinar, designed to equip park and recreation professionals with essential strategies for a successful summer season. This engaging session will cover best practices for summer planning, leadership techniques with a social equity focus, and methods to prevent burnout. Additionally, discover creative ideas to celebrate Parks and Recreation Month and ensure your community enjoys a memorable and inclusive summer.

    1. Give Examples of best practices for effective summer planning.
    2. Discuss leadership strategies using a social equity lens.
    3. List techniques to avoid summer burnout.
    4. Develop ideas for celebrating Parks and Recreation Month.


    Anthony Iracki (Moderator)

    Professional Development Manager

    PlayCore

    As an experienced Professional Development Manager, Anthony Iracki is dedicated to making a positive impact in the park and recreation industry. Based in Michigan, he's passionate about promoting inclusion, innovative programming, and community vitality. 

    Chris Bass

    Parks and Recreation Director

    City of Douglasville, GA

    Chris Bass is a dedicated park and recreation professional with over 15 years of experience working in local government. Chris currently serves as the Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Douglasville.Prior to joining the Douglasville team, Chris worked for the Columbus Consolidated Government for 10 years leading a division of the parks and recreation department that was responsible for youth development and promoting volunteerism throughout the bi-city area. Chris currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA) and a member of the executive committee for the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). In 2022, Chris was recognized as the top young professional by the Douglas County Chamber. Chris attended Columbus State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in communication and a Master of Public Administration.

    Shajra Thrasher

    Operations Manager

    City of Douglasville, GA

    Shajra Thrasher is the Operations Manager with the City of Douglasville Parks and Recreation Department in Douglasville, GA. Her major duties includes overseeing the departmental budget, major projects such as the Master Plan and CAPRA Accreditation. She is AFO and CPRP certified with 15 years of experience in recreation programming. She is active in her state association as a board member and previous AAPRA extern. She is also active with the National Recreation and Park Ethic Minority Society as a board member and committee chairperson overseeing education and training opportunities.

    This session will offer the following credits:

        

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    CEUs for a total of 1 Professional Development Hours (0.1 IACET CEU)  will be provided to learners meeting the following requirements: 

    • Be present for 95% of the duration of the learning event; 
    • Participate in activities and discussion throughout; 
    • Complete assessment with 80% mastery of learning outcome;
    • Complete feedback/evaluation survey.

    CEUs can be applied toward NRPA CPRP/CPRE renewal. To obtain your CEU, please visit the "Event Details" tab above to complete the associated components for this event.

    Instructor(s) Disclosures:

    The instructors of this training webinar are employed by PlayCore and disclose an interest in attendees partnering with PlayCore on their play and recreation initiatives.


    Speakers Disclosures:

    The opinions of the speakers in these events do not necessarily reflect the views of PlayCore and its brands.


    Notes:

    For any questions or to request a copy of the written transcript for this session, please contact core@playcore.com

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    People of all abilities should have access to the many health benefits aquatic play and recreation environments can offer. Well-designed aquatic facilities provide opportunities for rehabilitation, exercise, socialization, play, rest, and relaxation for community members across generations. It is critical to consider the needs of individuals with disabilities when planning, designing, and programming these environments. This session will review provisions in the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design that address independent access to swimming pools, water play destinations, splash parks, and spas. Accessibility Specialist, Bill Botten, will review the application of the requirements for aquatic facilities, as well as the scoping and technical requirements for pool lifts, sloped entries, transfer steps, transfer walls, and accessible stairs. Additionally, the session will provide suggestions to go beyond the minimum requirements to enhance inclusive aquatic recreation facilities, including lazy rivers, wave action pools, water play elements, and other site amenities to support the diverse needs of all visitors. This is the second session of a yearlong four-part Beyond the Minimums accessibility series. This webinar includes real-time captioning and video remote interpreting (VRI) upon request. To request video interpreting services and/or resources in an alternate format, please email core@playcore.com at least two weeks prior to the live webinar date.

    Splish Splash! Dive into Creating Accessible Aquatic Facilities

    People of all abilities should have access to the many health benefits aquatic play and recreation environments can offer. Well-designed aquatic facilities provide opportunities for rehabilitation, exercise, socialization, play, rest, and relaxation for community members across generations. It is critical to consider the needs of individuals with disabilities when planning, designing, and programming these environments. This session will review provisions in the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design that address independent access to swimming pools, water play destinations, splash parks, and spas. Accessibility Specialist, Bill Botten, will review the application of the requirements for aquatic facilities, as well as the scoping and technical requirements for pool lifts, sloped entries, transfer steps, transfer walls, and accessible stairs. Additionally, the session will provide suggestions to go beyond the minimum requirements to enhance inclusive aquatic recreation facilities, including lazy rivers, wave action pools, water play elements, and other site amenities to support the diverse needs of all visitors. This is the second session of a yearlong four-part Beyond the Minimums accessibility series. This webinar includes real-time captioning and video remote interpreting (VRI) upon request. To request video interpreting services and/or resources in an alternate format, please email core@playcore.com at least two weeks prior to the live webinar date.

    1. Identify the ADA Standards for Accessible Design minimum technical requirements that address independent access to newly constructed and altered aquatic facilities.
    2. Describe the application of accessibility requirements for an accessible means of entry for pool lifts, sloped entries, transfer steps, transfer walls, and accessible pool stairs.
    3. Discuss Strategies for Going Beyond Minimum accessibility Requirements that foster the creation of inclusive aquatic recreation spaces.
    4. Give examples of resources that include design enhancements for creating accessible aquatic facilities that support a diverse range of visitors.

    William (Bill) Botten

    Accessibility Consultant

    PlayCore

    Botten who currently works as an accessibility consultant joined the U.S. Access Board in 2000 and served for 22 years (retired in 2022) in several capacities while on staff including as a senior accessibility specialist, technical assistance coordinator, and the training coordinator. He was part of a team that developed the combined guidelines for the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Architectural Barriers Act and was the lead staff for the development of guidelines and technical assistance materials for the rulemaking on outdoor developed areas. Bill specializes in accessibility issues related to recreation facilities and outdoor developed areas.

    Jennie Sumrell (Moderator)

    CORE Community Outreach Director

    PlayCore

    Jennie worked in the field of childhood development and exceptional learning for nearly fifteen years. She has a Master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Jennie joined PlayCore in 2008 and serves as the Community Outreach Director within PlayCore’s Center for Outreach, Research and Education. Deeply passionate about inclusive, intergenerational play, Jennie utilizes her expertise and personal experiences as an educator to positively impact the development of innovative play and recreation destinations that focus on community health and wellness.

    This session will offer the following credits:

        

         

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    0.1 IACET CEU 0.1 CEU1.25 Electives1 CEU DEI or electives


    CEUs for a total of 1 Professional Development Hours (0.1 IACET CEU / 0.1 CTRS / 1.25 ACTCP Elective/1 CEU DEI or electives) will be provided to learners meeting the following requirements: 

    • Be present for 95% of the duration of the learning event; 
    • Participate in activities and discussion throughout; 
    • Complete assessment with 80% mastery of learning outcome;
    • Complete feedback/evaluation survey.


    CEUs can be applied toward NRPA CPRP/CPRE renewal and ACTCP certification. To obtain your CEU, please visit the "Event Details" tab above to complete the associated components for this event.


    Instructor(s) Disclosures:

    The instructors of this training webinar are employed by PlayCore and disclose an interest in attendees partnering with PlayCore on their play and recreation initiatives.


    Speakers Disclosures:

    The opinions of the speakers in these events do not necessarily reflect the views of PlayCore and its brands.


    Notes:

    For any questions or to request a copy of the written transcript for this session, please contact core@playcore.com

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/25/2024

    Sustainable maintenance programs are essential to positive outdoor play experiences for children at their school and community playgrounds. This year, National Playground Safety Week is observed on April 22-25, and this webinar is designed to create awareness, maximize the value of playground investments, and create safer outdoor play destinations that promote healthy risk-taking and fun! Routine maintenance and visual inspections are key to preserving play and recreation environments, and properly identifying and addressing potentially hazardous conditions supports safer opportunities to engage in the lifelong benefits of play.

    Playground Inspection & Maintenance: Preserve, Promote, Protect

    Sustainable maintenance programs are essential to positive outdoor play experiences for children at their school and community playgrounds. This year, National Playground Safety Week is observed on April 22-25, and this webinar is designed to create awareness, maximize the value of playground investments, and create safer outdoor play destinations that promote healthy risk-taking and fun!  Routine maintenance and visual inspections are key to preserving play and recreation environments, and properly identifying and addressing potentially hazardous conditions supports safer opportunities to engage in the lifelong benefits of play.  

    1. Summarize safety considerations when conducting a visual inspection of playground equipment, surfacing, and the general area.
    2. Identify at least 5 potential hazards that can occur during playground inspections and effective corrective actions.
    3. Outline the key aspects of a successful, sustainable maintenance program and the significance of comprehensive documentation for accountability and follow-up.
    4. Identify two resources for developing inspection protocols based on industry standards and best practices.

    Lloyd Reese

    Vice President Technical Product Management

    PlayCore

    Lloyd Reese has 30 years of experience in the ideation and development of products serving the play and recreation market. He actively serves on numerous ASTM, CSA, and ISO play related committees and is currently vice chair of ASTM F08.63 Playground surfacing systems. Lloyd is also a founding member of IPEMA and is currently serving his second term as president of that organization, in addition to chairing the IPEMA surfacing certification program and serving on the equipment certification committee.

    Anthony Iracki (Moderator)

    Professional Development Manager

    PlayCore

    As an experienced Professional Development Manager, Anthony Iracki is dedicated to making a positive impact in the park and recreation industry. Based in Michigan, he's passionate about promoting inclusion, innovative programming, and community vitality. 

    This session will offer the following credits:

        

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    0.1 IACET CEU


    CEUs for a total of 1 Professional Development Hours (0.1 IACET CEU) will be provided to learners meeting the following requirements: 

    • Be present for 95% of the duration of the learning event; 
    • Participate in activities and discussion throughout; 
    • Complete assessment with 80% mastery of learning outcome;
    • Complete feedback/evaluation survey.

    CEUs can be applied toward NRPA CPRP/CPRE renewal. To obtain your CEU, please visit the "Event Details" tab above to complete the associated components for this event.

    Instructor(s) Disclosures:

    The instructors of this training webinar are employed by PlayCore and disclose an interest in attendees partnering with PlayCore on their play and recreation initiatives.


    Speakers Disclosures:

    The opinions of the speakers in these events do not necessarily reflect the views of PlayCore and its brands.


    Notes:

    For any questions or to request a copy of the written transcript for this session, please contact core@playcore.com

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Equitable and safe access to parks and recreation facilities begins with firm, stable, and slip-resistant ground surface materials along accessible, connecting routes. Thoughtful planning ensures people who use mobility devices or other adaptive equipment can move independently from site arrival points and throughout each park, play, and recreation setting. This session will address requirements for exterior routes and surfaces in outdoor recreational settings and offer design considerations to go beyond minimum compliance to make certain everyone has the ability to participate. Accessibility Specialist, Bill Botten, will review best practices for planning accessible routes, sidewalks, shared-use paths, routes to and within recreation facilities including play areas, sports fields, outdoor recreation areas, trails, and beaches. This is the first session of a yearlong four-part Beyond the Minimums accessibility series. This webinar includes real-time captioning and video remote interpreting (VRI) upon request. To request video interpreting services and/or resources in an alternate format, please email core@playcore.com at least two weeks prior to the live webinar date.

    Breaking Ground: Best Practices for Creating Accessible Routes and Surfacing in Parks and Recreation Facilities

    Equitable and safe access to parks and recreation facilities begins with firm, stable, and slip-resistant ground surface materials along accessible, connecting routes. Thoughtful planning ensures people who use mobility devices or other adaptive equipment can move independently from site arrival points and throughout each park, play, and recreation setting. This session will address requirements for exterior routes and surfaces in outdoor recreational settings and offer design considerations to go beyond minimum compliance to make certain everyone has the ability to participate. Accessibility Specialist, Bill Botten, will review best practices for planning accessible routes, sidewalks, shared-use paths, routes to and within recreation facilities including play areas, sports fields, outdoor recreation areas, trails, and beaches. This is the first session of a yearlong four-part Beyond the Minimums accessibility series. This webinar includes real-time captioning and video remote interpreting (VRI) upon request. To request video interpreting services and/or resources in an alternate format, please email core@playcore.com at least two weeks prior to the live webinar date. 

    1.  Describe the difference between accessible routes, sidewalks, pedestrian trails, circulation paths, and shared-use paths.
    2. Explain at least two scoping and technical requirements for routes to and within recreation facilities including play areas, sports fields, outdoor recreation areas, trails, and beaches.
    3. List three design considerations for accessible routes and surfaces that go beyond the minimum requirements of ADA to meet the needs of visitors of varying abilities.
    4. Name tools and resources to support the planning process and help professionals advocate for inclusive design solutions specific to routes and surfacing.

    William (Bill) Botten

    Accessibility Consultant

    PlayCore

    Botten who currently works as an accessibility consultant joined the U.S. Access Board in 2000 and served for 22 years (retired in 2022) in several capacities while on staff including as a senior accessibility specialist, technical assistance coordinator, and the training coordinator. He was part of a team that developed the combined guidelines for the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Architectural Barriers Act and was the lead staff for the development of guidelines and technical assistance materials for the rulemaking on outdoor developed areas. Bill specializes in accessibility issues related to recreation facilities and outdoor developed areas.

    Jennie Sumrell (Moderator)

    CORE Community Outreach Director

    PlayCore

    Jennie worked in the field of childhood development and exceptional learning for nearly fifteen years. She has a Master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Jennie joined PlayCore in 2008 and serves as the Community Outreach Director within PlayCore’s Center for Outreach, Research and Education. Deeply passionate about inclusive, intergenerational play, Jennie utilizes her expertise and personal experiences as an educator to positively impact the development of innovative play and recreation destinations that focus on community health and wellness.

    This session will offer the following credits:

        

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    0.1 IACET CEU
    0.1 CEU


    CEUs for a total of 1 Professional Development Hours (0.1 IACET CEU / 0.1 CTRS) will be provided to learners meeting the following requirements: 

    • Be present for 95% of the duration of the learning event; 
    • Participate in activities and discussion throughout; 
    • Complete assessment with 80% mastery of learning outcome;
    • Complete feedback/evaluation survey.


    CEUs can be applied toward NRPA CPRP/CPRE renewal. To obtain your CEU, please visit the "Event Details" tab above to complete the associated components for this event.

    Instructor(s) Disclosures:

    The information in this presentation is for educational purposes and is considered confidential. It may not be reproduced in any format.

    This education session, materials, and event are complimentary and made possible through PlayCore’s Center for Outreach, Research, and Education.

    The instructor of this learning event is employed or is an affiliate of PlayCore and may have an interest in participants partnering with you in your play and recreation initiatives.

    PlayCore does not discriminate or make discriminatory remarks based on gender, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.


    Speakers Disclosures:

    The opinions of the speakers in these events do not necessarily reflect the views of PlayCore and its brands.


    Notes:

    For any questions or to request a copy of the written transcript for this session, please contact core@playcore.com

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In August 2020, via the Great American Outdoors Act, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) permanently was funded at $900 million annually, offering funding opportunities for eligible projects to support land acquisition, recreational facility improvements and park planning projects. The National Association of State Outdoor Recreation Liaison Officers has developed a roadmap to help navigate the process, understand the requirements, and create a successful project application. Every project starts with a great idea! This session will provide a program overview, offer helpful tips to submit a standout application, and review a variety of resources to arm you for success!

    A Roadmap to Successfully Accessing Funding Through the Land and Water Conservation Fund

    In August 2020, via the Great American Outdoors Act, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) permanently was funded at $900 million annually, offering funding opportunities for eligible projects to support land acquisition, recreational facility improvements and park planning projects. The National Association of State Outdoor Recreation Liaison Officers has developed a roadmap to help navigate the process, understand the requirements, and create a successful project application. Every project starts with a great idea! This session will provide a program overview, offer helpful tips to submit a standout application, and review a variety of resources to arm you for success!

    1. Define what is LWCF and the eligibility requirements to receive funding.
    2. List five helpful tools/resources to assist in submitting a successful application.
    3. Outline the critical steps to the planning process, application submission, to post completion and sustainability of the project.
    4. Summarize a successful case example of a public outdoor recreation project funded through LWCF.

      Eric Feldbaum, CPRP

      Director of the Office of Community Recreation

      New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation within the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

      Eric has been with the Division for nine years and resides in Concord NH with his fiancé Rahkiya and dog Daisy.  While living in NH full time since 2011 he has been continuously exploring all the great recreational opportunities the state has to offer.


      He was finally able to land his dream job working for NH State Parks. One of his responsibilities is overseeing the Land and Water Conservation Fund for the State of New Hampshire as designated by the Governor. Since beginning this role Eric has awarded over $12 million to 40 NH local communities for acquisition and development of outdoor recreation.


      Eric’s passion for this program has led him to become an executive board member on the National Association of State Outdoor Recreation Liaison Officers (NASORLO), an organization whose primary role is to advocate for the state assistance program for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. As a result of his work at the national level in training and advocacy, he has been awarded the Service to NASORLO Award two consecutive years (2020 and 2021). Whether he is meeting with local communities or congressional members he continues to educate people about the Land and Water Conservation Fund and he is excited to share that with you today which he hopes will lead to you all submitting great grant applications.

      Antoinette Norfleet

      Grant Manager / Land and Water Conservation Fund Program

      Georgia Department of Natural Resources

      Antoinette was born and raised in the middle Tennessee area.  She received an accounting degree from Middle Tennessee State University and began her professional career with the Tennessee State Parks system as an accountant.  She later moved to Georgia and began working for Georgia State Parks within the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

       

      She has held various positions within DNR, and currently serves as the Grants Program Manager and Alternate State Liaison Officer for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).  She is responsible for selecting and awarding the LWCF grants as well as overseeing the compliance aspect after grant completion.  Some of her proudest career achievements include dispelling camping myths by introducing the first-time camper concept to management, being a part of the team that won the inaugural SCORP Excellence award in 2009 and being a board member of the National Association of State Outdoor Recreation Liaison Officers.

      Jennie Sumrell (Moderator)

      CORE Community Outreach Director

      PlayCore

      Jennie worked in the field of childhood development and exceptional learning for nearly fifteen years. She has a Master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Jennie joined PlayCore in 2008 and serves as the Community Outreach Director within PlayCore’s Center for Outreach, Research and Education. Deeply passionate about inclusive, intergenerational play, Jennie utilizes her expertise and personal experiences as an educator to positively impact the development of innovative play and recreation destinations that focus on community health and wellness.

      This session will offer the following credits:

          

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      0.1 IACET CEU 


      CEUs for a total of 1 Professional Development Hours (0.1 IACET CEU) will be provided to learners meeting the following requirements: 

      • Be present for 95% of the duration of the learning event; 
      • Participate in activities and discussion throughout; 
      • Complete assessment with 80% mastery of learning outcome;
      • Complete feedback/evaluation survey.


      CEUs can be applied toward NRPA CPRP/CPRE renewal. To obtain your CEU, please visit the "Event Details" tab above to complete the associated components for this event.

      Instructor(s) Disclosures:

      The instructors of this training webinar are employed by PlayCore and disclose an interest in attendees partnering with PlayCore on their play and recreation initiatives.


      Speakers Disclosures:

      The opinions of the speakers in these events do not necessarily reflect the views of PlayCore and its brands.


      Notes:

      For any questions or to request a copy of the written transcript for this session, please contact core@playcore.com