Landscape Architect & Specifier News

DEC 2018

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Continued on page 24 22 Landscape Architect and Specifier News p l a y g ro u n d a s s o c i a t i o n s International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association The International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) is a non-profit, membership, trade association that represents and promotes an open market for manufacturers of playground equipment and surfacing. Its Voice of Play initiative promotes growth in the quality and quantity of children's free play and the use of playgrounds. IPEMA's president Tom Norquist was featured in an NBC Nightly News piece on how risk and adventure play is making a comeback, and how it's beneficial for chil- dren and their independence and creativ- ity. Tom had a film crew come to his home and was interviewed for the story due to his extensive expertise in play. This year, IPEMA conducted the second annual Voice of Play Survey. 500 U.S. ele- mentary school teachers were surveyed to uncover their perceptions and attitudes on recess and play, and how it impacts their students. Quick highlights: • 100 percent of teachers said that recess is essential for young students' mental and physical development. • 93 percent said that their school currently offers recess for its students, and the average length is 25 minutes per day. • 81 percent of teachers said that kids' behaviors change positively after recess. These changes include more positive moods, longer attention spans, fewer behavioral issues, increased participation in class, more eagerness to learn, and improved academic performance. • 64 percent of teachers agree that recess reduces bullying. The recess survey caught the attention of national consumer media, including USA Today! One of the survey stats was included in the print edition of the news- paper's "Snapshots" section. National Recreation and Park Association As the leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation, National Recreation and Park Association's (NRPA) work draws national focus to the impact and success generated at the local level. Leveraging strong positions through conservation, health and wellness, and social equity, so to improve communities, N R P A ' s m e m b e r s , along with their advocates, are 62,000 strong, and they represent public spaces in urban communities, rural settings and everything in between. Joanna Lombard, one of NRPA's new board members, was inducted into the CLEO Leadership Circle in October of 2018. The CLEO Institute is a 501-c-3 that drives climate action through community education and engagement. Joanna, a graduate of Harvard University School of Design, is currently a professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture where her work enables medical students to understand the relationship between health and the built environment. NRPA's Advocacy Team had a busy summer beginning with Summer Camp on Capitol Hill. Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Food and Nutrition at the US Department of Agriculture, Brandon Lipps, was on hand at Summer Camp to learn more about the role that park and recreation agencies play in providing critical summer meals and enrichment activities to at-risk youth. NRPA and Bridgeport, Conn. parks and rec participated in a Pool Safely Congressional briefing where they highlighted the role the agencies play in drowning prevention. In July, the team led the first ever Parks Delegation to the US Water Alliance Conference to show how park and rec and water utility partnerships can achieve multiple community goals. On top of that, NRPA and member agencies hosted dozens of Congress members for Park Champion events, highlighting how federal funds are helping NRPA member agencies better serve their residents. The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation receive the NRPA's Best in Innovation Award, recognizing the best of the best in park and recreation innovation. The winners of the four innovation categorical awards faced-off in a public vote to determine which one of the four should receive the Best in Innovation Award. Earlier in the year, NRPA launched the NRPA Innovation Awards to recognize and honor the latest advancements in Joanna Lombard, NRPA Board of Directors with Jack Kardys, Chair of NRPA Members gather together for the 2018 Opening Party at the NRPA Conference. Tom Norquist featured on NBC Nightly News. A Voice of Play survey has found that children are more positive and eager to learn after recess time.

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