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IPEMA
While some agencies
initially
closed parts of their park systems
due to
health department mandates
at the outset of the pandemic,
health experts quickly realized that
healthy outdoor activity should not
only be permitted, but also is highly
recommended for all ages.
Park administrators at the
local, state and national
level
saw unprecedented increases in
visitation on trails, in parks and
throughout the outdoor spaces of
their park and recreation systems. In
some cases, the increased visitation
overwhelmed their capacity. In
Maryland, for example, rangers had
to close 14 state parks 292 times in
2020, turning park visitors away
because they had reached capacity
by early morning or because park
resources might be irreparably
damaged by overuse. Some national
parks,
like
Glacier
in Montana
and Rocky Mountain in Colorado,
have attracted such overwhelming
numbers of visitors that staff have
instituted timed visitation hours or
required reservations just to enter
certain areas of the parks.
While the pandemic has imposed
harsh economic and health costs on
our nation, one positive net benefit
Survey of Parents During
the Pandemic Shows Vital
Importance of Play
In the summer of 2020, the International
Playground Equipment Manufacturers
Association (IPEMA),
in cooperation with Wakefield Research,
conducted a national survey
of parents on the benefits of
Voice of Play Survey question - To what extent do you agree
or disagree with the following statement: Playing on the
playground helps children to be inclusive of others who may
have different abilities and backgrounds than their own.
Response
Agree strongly
Agree somewhat
Disagree somewhat
Disagree strongly
QuickFacts
Agree (net)
Disagree (net)
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%
52%
40%
6%
2%
92%
8%
has been that it has given families
more time to spend together outdoors,
especially visiting local parks and
nearby recreation resources. The 2021
NRPA Engagement With Parks Report
shows that 7 in 10 people increased
or maintained their use of public
parks and trails during the pandemic
(nrpa.org/Engagement). A variety of
factors during the pandemic enabled
people to spend greater time outdoors
and visiting parks. Some factors
were that parents were spending less
time in person at work and more
time working remotely; most school
districts shifted to online learning
for students; and restrictions were
imposed on many types of indoor
entertainment activities - each of
which led to significant increases in
park visitation during the pandemic
and use of local neighborhood parks
and playgrounds.
children's play during the pandemic.
This was the third in its wellregarded
" Voice of Play " surveys
(voiceofplay.org) and focused on
the importance that parents placed
on outdoor play during the pandemic,
where and with whom children
played, and what the benefits
of play were during this time of the
COVID-19 pandemic.
Tom Norquist, senior vice president
of innovation and business
development at PlayCore and twice
president of IPEMA, says that the
formation of IPEMA, a nonprofit
association formed by the play
equipment industry, was an effort
to establish an independent thirdparty
organization to verify that play
equipment was meeting industry
standards for safety, quality and durability.
But IPEMA, Norquist says,
wanted to be about more than just
serving trade and manufacturers' interests.
" We established the Voice of
Play initiative to identify the benefits
of play to society at large and specifically
call out the physical, mental
and health benefits of play for children, "
Norquist explains. He adds
that an important element of the
Voice of Play initiative is also to foster
inclusiveness in play design and
promote equity in play for all.
Early in the pandemic, when public
agencies were very concerned
about " theater hygiene " - the
cleaning of surfaces and fear that the
SARS-CoV-2 virus was transmissible
through direct contact with hard
surfaces - park agencies across the
country largely closed play areas and
playgrounds to the public. Parental
concern was extremely high, and the
2020 IPEMA survey results showed
50 percent of parents did not feel
comfortable allowing their children
to play on play equipment in public
playgrounds. But as epidemiological
knowledge of the virus expanded,
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