Landscape Architect & Specifier News

DEC 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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Continued from page 22 24 Landscape Architect and Specifier News the field of parks and recreation. These awards showcase the inspiring park and recreation agencies that have improved and empowered their communities through innovative practices in park design, health and wellness, conservation, and social equity. The winners were announced on September 25, 2018 at the Opening General Session at the NRPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. US Play Coalition Founded by Fran Mainella, the first woman to serve as director of the National Park Service, and Brett Wright, former dean of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences at Clemson University, the US Play Coalition is a non-profit housed at Clemson University. We are a partnership to promote the value of play throughout life. Our membership is diverse – including educators, parents, physicians, park and recreation professionals, landscape architects, play researchers, playground manufacturers and many more. Sherril York, Fran Mainela, Erwin Tan and Laura Huerta Migus are shown in the Power PLAYer Panel at the conference. Our biggest event each year is the annual Conference on the Value of Play. This annual conference brings together attendees from across the country and beyond. Our 2018 conference included incredible headliners like Steve Gross, Chief Playmaker at Life is Good Kids Foundation, NPR correspondent Anya Kamenetz, our Power PLAYer Panel talking about "The Many Faces of Play" as well as a panel of leaders in the Parks & Recreation field discussing "The Implications of Race on Play for Youth of Color." Other PLAYtalks, featured speakers, PLAY Institutes, dozens of educational and research sessions, networking and collaboration opportunities, and of course, PLAY, made for an EPIC conference! We had close to 300 registered attendees and an additional 200 Clemson University student guests peppered in throughout the conference. Our 2018 registered attendees hailed from 35 U.S. states, 8 countries and 5 continents! We are proud to have awarded $52,000 in grants to date. Through competitive funding opportunities, we offer both Action and Research Grants to playmakers and researchers whose work has the potential to improve and expand the Play Movement. We are also synthesizing and creating new research on play as it affects a person's lifelong cognitive, physical, and affective development. We have published three position papers, which are available as free downloads on our website. Topics include, "A Research-Based Case for Recess" (2013), "The Critical Place of Play in Education" (2015) and the newly released "Improving Children's Health through Play: Exploring Issues and Recommendations" (2018). Our next papers will focus on play as a social determinant of health (SDOH) and play as a prescription for physician burnout. Our newest initiative at the US Play Coalition is broadening our research efforts through a play research team at Clemson University. We have brought together a cross-section of faculty across all disciplines to approach play research from a variety of perspectives. We have Clemson faculty involved from Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, the School of Education, health professions, architecture, engineering, computer engineering, and more. There is a world of possibilities for new research and initiatives around play! Newcomers Social 2018 Play Conference playground associations Featured speaker Jill Moore is pictured with the Clemson PRTM students.

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