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Green and Playful Parks: Reconnecting to Nature and the Outdoors Presented by: Cindy Dunlap, CPRP Chief, Planning Projects Section DCNR, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation Recreation, Parks & Conservation Grants Division PLAY AGAIN Preview

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green and playful parks reconnecting to nature and the outdoors

Green and Playful Parks: Reconnecting to Nature and the Outdoors

Presented by:

Cindy Dunlap, CPRP

Chief, Planning Projects Section

DCNR, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation

Recreation, Parks & Conservation Grants Division

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Award winning documentary directed by Tonje Hesson Schei

Featured expert-

Richard Louv, journalist, author and chairman of the Children and Nature Network

www.playagainfilm.com

issues
Issues:
  • Children spending far less time outside
  • Physical and mental health concerns
  • Individuals must connect with nature to become “stewards of the land”
  • Park and Recreation professionals and community leaders must be trained and educated to serve as role models
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Issues:

Fears related to “stranger danger”

Need for improved connectivity and direct, safe accessible routes to natural areas and community parks

Current condition of the economy

Need for a common language of

major opportunities
Major Opportunities:

Position Community Park and Recreation as essential service for the protection and enhancement of natural resources and reconnecting all individuals to nature and the outdoors

New and exciting partnerships with profit and non-profit environmental, conservation and health organizations to support community park and recreation services

opportunities
Opportunities:

Inter- agency cooperation and coordination of funding

Capitalize on the need for “closer to home” recreation

“Get Outdoors PA – Local Parks”

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Opportunities:

Land conservation and management plans for public parks

Environmental Advisory Councils (EAC)

Expand on Partnerships with organizations that promote and provide resources for the development of healthier lifestyles

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Opportunities:

Technical assistance, training, education and certification

Cost benefits for providing “Green” park and recreation facilities

Best Practices – facilities and programs