IPRA/IPRF Healthy Play & Recreation Statewide Initiative

Parks are essential to creating healthier, happier societies across generations!  Be inspired by the leadership case examples created through the IPRA/IPRF Healthy Play & Recreation Statewide Initiative which has deployed 50+ high-quality outdoor destinations across the state of Illinois.

IPRA, IPRF, 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 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.

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. 

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 $2 Million in matching funds to agencies and organizations committed to aligning with evidence-based design criteria.  

Upcoming Deadlines:
May 18 – Applications Due
May 25 – Awardees Selected 
July 15 – Orders Due
August 20 – Shipments Due
October 7, 2020 – Install Due

Download the information brochure here
Learn more and download the application for matching funds here



Goals of the initiative

  • Provide Professional Development Events
  • Deploy Research and Outcomes Tracking
  • Develop Shared-Use Ventures
  • Provide Matching Funds Assistance