Safety for All: How an Equity Lens Can Enhance Playground Safety
What do you think about when you hear: playground safety? While we typically think about physical infrastructure when examining playground safety, there is another layer we can’t overlook. During this learning event, we will discuss the history of the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Certification while exploring the mental, social and emotional benefits of play. NRPA staff and playground experts will discuss the concepts of equity and inclusion as they relate to playground safety and discuss how park and recreation professionals can provide a safe space for the children in their communities to play and grow together. As children, we make so many memories on playgrounds that help shape us. And as park and recreation professionals, Certified Playground Safety Inspectors, playground manufacturers, nonprofit organizations and more, we play a critical role in creating a safe space for children to play and learn.
Leanne Lyons (she/her)
ASPIRE ( Adaptive Sports, Programs & Inclusive Recreation) Supervisor
High Point Parks & Recreation Department
Leanne Lyons is the ASPIRE ( Adaptive Sports, Programs & Inclusive Recreation) Supervisor for High Point Parks & Recreation Department and a Licensed and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for the State of North Carolina. Leanne has an innate passion for working with and for individuals with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. Leanne manages programs including Special Olympics of High Point/Guilford, Miracle League of High Point, adaptive sports programs and more. In her personal life Leanne enjoys reading, writing poetry, hiking, exploring Diners, Drive in and Dives Restaurants, listening to Air One and K- Love radio station, and spending time with family and friends.”
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