Collaboration between business and park and recreation professionals to spur innovations for improving local communities.
Huntersville, NC (March 1, 2022) — PlayPower announces that it is a founding member of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Business Council — a collaboration that strengthens the connections between the essential role of parks and recreation and the business sector.
Local park and recreation agencies generate economic value for communities: across the country, parks and recreation generated more than $166 billion in economic activity and supported 1.1 million jobs from their operations and capital spending in 2017 alone.
“As the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial indoor and outdoor recreation equipment, PlayPower has a responsibility to help ensure a bright future for the parks and recreation industry,” said Robert Quast, PlayPower vice president, product management for outdoor play. “We’re pleased to be a founding member of the NRPA Business Council and look forward to working with other members to further strengthen the connections between our organizations and parks and recreation professionals.”
The Council brings together the business sector and park and recreation professionals to solve common challenges together, fuel innovation, foster activism, and advocacy, and promote research to enhance the quality of life for all.
“The NRPA Business Council will improve communications between the public and private sectors. This increased dialogue can help bring more innovative products and services to the park and recreation field faster,” said Paula Sliefert, NRPA Business Council Chair.
The inaugural Council comprises strategic thinkers and collaborative decision-makers, representing businesses and allies who care deeply about parks and recreation. Business Council members also represent organizations that have demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and support the advancement of DEI in park and recreation programs, policies, and practices.
PlayPower, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of outdoor recreational products and is the world’s largest, fully integrated manufacturer of commercial playground equipment, surfacing solutions, floating dock systems and lifts for boats and personal watercraft, shade solutions, and site furnishings. The company is headquartered in Huntersville, North Carolina, with offices and manufacturing facilities in Aneby, Sweden; Dallas, Texas; Englewood, Colorado; Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; Monett, Missouri; Nogales, Mexico; Perth, Scotland; Selby, England; and Sosnowiec, Poland. PlayPower’s goal is to lead the market in all areas in which it competes, and to continue to bring innovation and fun to the marketplace. www.PlayPower.com
About the National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. With more than 60,000 members, NRPA advances this mission by investing in and championing the work of park and recreation professionals and advocates — the catalysts for positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit parksandrecreation.org.