Our committee is like the recycling center for a healthy city; collecting , organizing and then recycling the material to make new products. Our goal is to be the repository of all existing guidelines, standards, and best practices from around the country. This will allow and encourage individuals, families and communities to have examples for creating playful environments for all people of all ages, while addressing over riding concerns over liability.
We have organized our committee into 5 working groups:
- Child Care Facilities
- Educational Systems
- Health and Wellness Centers
- Aging Populations
- Community Planning
Each sub group will review , compile and distribute all existing guidelines, principles and best practices from around the country to assist individuals, families and entire communities in providing play opportunities for all people of all ages and abilities.
By not trying to reinvent the wheel, we can show what is in place and is working so that concerns over fear of liability and cost of litigation wonít prevent opportunities for play to be created. We have to remove obstacles to free play for all by showing and sharing what is already out there. People are much more willing to change when they can see that it can be done.
- Teri Hendy, Site Masters, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tom Kalousek, Winnebago County Forest Preserve District, email@example.com