2020 Annual WASLA Conference

Seattle Airport Marriott, March 27, 2020

Design Trends that Turn Research into Practice


High-quality play and recreation destinations can serve as catalysts for creating a healthier, happier society. Explore research-based strategies to intentionally promote physical activity, support inclusion, and engage children with nature through innovative and evidence-based design best practices. Be inspired by communities that have mobilized resources to effectively fund and advocate model projects of excellence that address the specific needs of their citizens and stakeholders. Trends and best practices to effectively promote evidence-based design practices will unite communities through the power of play and recreation during these modern times.

Speaker Bios:

David Hill, GameTime, Regional Manager

David has over 25 years of experience in marketing, sales, and creating high-quality outdoor play environments. As a regional manager, he consults with various professionals on designing outdoor play environments that implement research-based best practices in design. He has presented at various conferences, including Alabama Trails, Georgia RPA, and Washington RPA, Pennsylvania RPS, Wyoming RPA, Idaho RPA, Kentucky RPS, South Carolina RPA, Mississippi RPA, Alabama RPA, California District/Region Events, Utah RPA.
He is a Certified Executive Trainer of PlayCore’s Center for Outreach, Research & Education, providing training across the country to park and recreation professionals, schools, and landscape architects sharing his passion for multigenerational, inclusive play. David graduated from Pennsylvania State University with an MBA and from Humboldt State University with a B.S. in Business Administration.

Learning Objectives:

  • List 5 trends in outdoor play destinations that influence community health and wellness.
  • Make a statement of support for the value of play and recreation as it relates to the physical, social, and emotional development of people of all ages and abilities.
  • Summarize educational resources that are available to help implement evidence-based design practices and influence positive community outcomes.