Location: Microsoft Teams (link will be sent prior to live event)
Recently, the World Health Organization underscored the importance of community parks as they relate to family health. Acknowledging a rise in the obesity epidemic (along with many other chronic diseases), they stressed how a child’s environment significantly determines his or her overall wellbeing.
Are today’s public parks up to the challenge? As demographics, inclusiveness and health concerns evolve, aging facilities need to step up their game to keep communities engaged and active.
With this presentation, we’re exploring effective community infrastructure through the lens of aquatic play. We’ll discover how Splashpads increase park usage, promote inclusion and build social capital that help communities grow and flourish.
To understand the winning recipe, we’ll delve into three tenets:
1. Recognizing the critical role and challenges that parks play in promoting a healthy lifestyle for children
2. A healthy community means making inclusion a priority: breaking down accessibility, universality design and inclusion
3. How Splashpads lead to healthier communities by building Social Capital
Course learning outcomes:
Upon completion of this session, the participants will be able to:
1) Analyze through different academic studies the factors that contribute to park’s attractiveness and usage.
2) Understand Accessibility, Universal Design and Inclusive Design approaches to Splashpad design.
3) Apply an inclusive framework to Splashpad design.
4) Understand how Splashpads build social capital and contribute to the welfare of communities.
This course qualifies for 1 Professional Development Hour (PDH) and covers subjects related to Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW).
Mike McGilbra, Sales Executive, Ohio, Western PA