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URPA 2018 Educational Sessions Presented by LuckyDog Recreation

“Natural Harmony: A guide to blending Outdoor Music and Community”

10:45 am – 12:00 pm  –  Presented by Kate Morrison, Freenotes Harmony Park

Music is an expressive language that is woven throughout the cultural fabric of all generations and all civilizations. There is a growing body of research that confirms music in nature positively engages the brain, builds social cohesion, and even creates the conditions for building harmonious communities.

Music transcends age, gender, ethnicity, and mobility. It is a gathering force that promotes kindness and helps us build stronger community connections.

Recent brain-based research explores synchronicity between music and nature and the impact it has on our physical, mental, and emotional health. The collective benefits can lead to more harmony within a community.

Explore the connection between music and nature in a park setting where every member of the community benefits.

Because few communities have a music program available and affordable to everyone, we will explore how a permanent installation of musical instruments can change that. With a simplified system of musical instruments that allow anyone to play regardless of age, training, or ability, individuals or several people all at once can enjoy music.

  • Participants will learn how musical instruments in a group setting create meaningful ensembles.
  • Participants will also learn to design musical settings for their own communities.

URPA 2018 educational session with Kate MorrisonKate Morrison is the Sales and Business Development Manager with Freenotes Harmony Park. Freenotes is the industry leader in outdoor musical instruments, invented by Grammy Award-Winning musician Richard Cooke, more than 20 years ago. LuckyDog Recreation is the distributor of Freenotes Harmony Park equipment for Utah.

“The Power of Place – Why Parks Matter For Health”

4:30 pm – 5-45 pm  –  Presented by Dr. Brett McIff, Physical Activity Coordinator at the Utah Department of Health

It has been said that your zip code is as important as your genetic code when it comes to health.

Public health agencies across Utah are working with communities to build healthy behaviors and environments.

In this session, we will discuss how health data can help you make the most impact in your communities, and how you can best access that data.

  • You will learn how to use local data to identify what people want when it comes to parks and playgrounds.
  • As a result, you will know how to make the healthy choice, the easy choice for everyone.

 Dr. Brett McIff - LuckyDog RecreationDr. Brett McIff has worked in physical activity promotion for over 20 years in a variety of fields from personal training to policy development.  He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Utah in Exercise and Sports Science. He continued his graduate work with a Master of Science in Public Health and a Ph.D. in Public Health at Walden University.  Brett has served as President of the National Physical Activity Society and as President of the Utah Chapter of the Society of Public Health Educators and served on expert panels with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Academy of Science.  He works with committees at the national, state, and local levels to promote environments that encourage regular physical activity.

Time – Date – Location – Register URPA Tradeshow 
Tuesday, March 13th
Floor Event – 8:00 to 3:30
Utah Valley Convention Center
220 W. Center St.
Provo, UT 84601
Register here.

2016 LuckyDog Education Session at URPA and UCPA Events

LuckyDog makes plans to present to Park Professionals at URPA and UCPA events coming in March and LuckyDog is preparing this year’s education session on the ASTM-F1292-13.

As you know, every park professional should know the ins-and-outs of this technical document. And because the ASTM is not your typical leisure reading material, LuckyDog is making is simple, compelling, and interesting. See presentation description here: Ins and Outs ASTM-1292

2016 schedule is as follows:

Utah Cemetery and Parks Conference, UCPA March 7th

Utah Recreation and Parks Conference, URPA March 8th

Stay turned for locations and times.

Utah Recreation and Parks Association (URPA) Trade Show

LuckyDog Recreation was fortunate to play a big part in the Utah Recreation and Parks Association (URPA) Trade Show.

Utah Playground Construction Specialist

We started the morning with CJ Stoddard, LuckyDog Playground Construction Specialist, presented valuable information on Playground Drainage to Utah park and playground professionals. CJ brought his years of playground construction experience to his presentation.

CJ showed a huge variety of drainage problems the construction team runs into when they construct a playground in an area that has been poorly designed or even designed with the playground as solution for draining other areas.

He stressed the importance of planning ahead in order to create a playground that is stable, lasts a long time and is safe for children. There are some simple solutions for good playground drainage, especially when playground areas are well planned.

CJ always works with the 5 P’s of Playground Construction in mind; Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance. It is just good business, cost effective, creates a better product and a safe place for children to play.

Representing Utah Playground Equipment Companies

Utah Recreation and Parks Association - LuckyDog RecreationJordyn Stoddard and I put together the booth featuring Playcraft Playground Systems and Dynamo Playgrounds. Playcraft Playground Systems are the top of the line when it comes to playground design. Dynamo Playgrounds are unique rope based playgrounds that ignite playground magic.

Although the booth featured the Utah Commercial Playground Equipment companies that LuckyDog represents. Playground professionals showed a lot of interest in LuckyDog’s playground surfacing options. LuckyDog’s top of the line Sof’Tiles© DuraSAFE™ Plus Series, manufactured exclusively with recycled materials, drew the most interest. It is not only beautiful but the most durable surfacing on the market.

Congratulations to Shauna Jo Eves, Program Coordinator for Uintah County Recreation District, for winning the playground inspection kit donated by LuckyDog for the big drawing at the end of the show. The UCRD provides year-round recreational activities including management over 11 regional and city parks and has a community center in Vernal that serves a region over 35,000 people.

Utah Recreation and Parks Association in Utah

URPA boasts 400 committed members that represent every major recreation sector in the State of Utah.

“The mission of the Utah Recreation and Parks Association is to actively support and promote the growth, development and preservation of recreation, leisure, parks, and natural resources in the State of Utah. This will be accomplished through: a. Development of high standards of leadership, facilities and programs. b. Acquiring and disseminating accurate information. c. Promoting interest in and understanding of recreation and parks.. d. Acting as liaison with the National Recreation and Park Association as an affiliate member.”

If you are in the park or play industry in Utah join the Utah Recreation and Parks Association, take advantage the education, their magazine and shows.

A Big Thank You

Thanks to the Crew at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo for making sure CJ had everything he needed for his presentation.

Thank you to all of the volunteers that made this show happen.

And of course a big thank you to all of our LuckyDog Clients who stopped by the booth, you are the best!

Nicole Stoddard – Utah Commercial Playgrounds Equipment

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