The 2015 National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) Congress and Exposition took place in Las Vegas earlier this week. Playworld received “Best in Show” for our booth showcasing the new PlayForm 7, a playground that merges play and public art.
PlayForm 7 demonstrates a shift in playground design and is meant to get people thinking, talking, sharing ideas and engaging in outdoor spaces in new and meaningful ways. This was evident at the exposition, where people gathered at Playworld’s booth to experience PlayForm 7 up close. Attendee’s sense of wonder was sparked by the play sculpture, which offers a landscape of 20 play elements with the appeal of art and design.
Parks and recreation professionals from across the country flocked to the desert to discuss the latest industry trends, learn about new product offerings, network and attend various educational workshops. Ian Proud, Playworld’s research manager, led a session on making parks relevant. The standing room only crowd took notes as Ian talked about the dwindling value of parks in today’s society and ways to create a sea of change. He encouraged the group that they will continue to play an important role in the future of parks, but that they must do so through conveying passion – not by solely relying on logic – to fuel discussions.
Another highlight of NRPA 2015 was Playworld’s participation in the Parks Build Community initiative, which demonstrates the transformative value of parks on the health and vitality of communities across America. This year’s Parks Build Community beneficiary was Joe Kneip Park, located in North Las Vegas, which was in need of updating because of graffiti and worn equipment.
NRPA funded more than half of the 2.2-acre park’s renovation costs, helping to add new playground and exercise equipment, surfacing, shade structures, a restroom, splash pad, signs and lighting to the improved recreation area.
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