US Play Coalition’s National Play Conference Wrap-up

This past weekend seven of us travelled down to Clemson, South Carolina for the US Play Coalition Conference. Starting Sunday afternoon and stretching until Tuesday night were a series of talks held by some of the most innovative and exciting experts in the Playground and Parks and Recreation Field. We were thrilled to meet the leaders of Magical Bridge and Harper’s Playground to share some tips on inclusive play, as well as chat about inclusivity with top manufacturing professionals and designers. Nothing made this more evident than joining the Inclusive Play sub-committee, which should help promote inclusive play throughout the year.

We presented our work on our Quantitative Playground Survey. Detailing exactly how it was developed, what it focused on, and our two different applications on a national and regional level. Thankfully, it was well received, with several follow up questions asked by Ingrid Kanics, a leader in the inclusive play field. We were excited to share our survey with the group, and hope that it will be used to help spread the message about inclusive play.

We hope to feature some of our favorite talks in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned.

On the Road Again: The US Play Coalition’s National Play Conference

Big news! Our group has been accepted to the US Play Coalition’s National Play Conference. This year’s theme is “Where Design Meets Play” and it will be held in Clemson, South Carolina. Seven of our members will be traveling to present our survey and research from April 2nd through 5th. We will attend workshops, listen to presentations, and network with other experts in their field. Examples of presentations include: “Play for all: inclusive play space design”, “Bringing play into the architecture curriculum”, and “Playing on two wheels”. This will be a great opportunity to share our message while learning more about the greater play community, and may help to direct our future endeavors. Stay tuned for post-conference updates!

It will be great to learn more about what is new and innovative in the realm of play and expand our reach at a national conference. We are so excited to present the work we’ve put in over the last four years. It will be interesting to see how other organizations can use and apply the survey throughout the world.