You are invited to attend the Research in Action: Haysboro Community Park play symposium on Monday November 7th from 2-4pm. This is a free, invite only event. Please see the attached pdf for more information.
Goal of the Symposium
The goal of this symposium is to spark a conversation in Calgary about the use of research to drive playground design decisions, and to share data that supports the case for nature playgrounds as a worthy option.
Dr. Dwayne Sheehan - Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education, Faculty of Health, Community and Education, Mount Royal University
Tracey Martin – Senior Manager, Innovation, Vivo for Healthier Generations
Sonja Sahlen – Director Sports and Recreation Haysboro Community Association, PM Park Project
Meg Kendall – Data and Metrics Specialist, Independent Researcher and Haysboro Resident
Ø What is a natural playground? Is it the newest trend or could a return to old-fashioned ideology be the solution to a search for sustainable high quality play spaces?
Ø Sharing the lessons learned from this project with the various departments within the City of Calgary and with other play focused organizations helps to ensure the success of future like projects.
Ø Including targeted, quality research on park usage has proven both feasible and invaluable for this project and can be used as a model for future play projects. This symposium will present two proven methodologies to evaluate the effectiveness, utility, and thereby success of a community play space.