NRPA Celebrates National Playground Safety Week April 23–27

(April 23, 2018)

Playground safety resources available for professionals, parents and caregivers

Ashburn, Va. (April 23, 2018) — The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is celebrating National Playground Safety Week April 23–27 by providing resources to playground professionals and advocates in every community. It is NRPA’s mission to provide education, networking, resources and certification to playground operators to help them monitor and improve the safety of playgrounds. NRPA offers a wide variety of resources to playground professionals and novices alike, such as:

The Daily Dozen Playground Safety Checklist – A Twelve-Point Playground Safety Checklist designed for parents and caregivers to help identify safety hazards and ensure children have a safe place to play.  

Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Certification Program – The CPSI Certification program provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date training on playground safety issues, including hazard identification, equipment specifications, surfacing requirements and risk management methods.

Playground Inspection Kits – Kits include the equipment necessary to check for head and neck entrapment hazards as well as protrusion and entanglement hazards on playgrounds. Developed to meet Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines. Cost is $175 for NRPA members, $227 for non-members.

“NRPA is proud to be a leader in playground safety,” said Karen Snyder, CPSI, NRPA senior manager of certification. “We look forward to highlighting resources available to playground professionals, parents and caregivers during National Playground Safety Week.”

NRPA advises anyone with playground safety concerns to:

  • Determine who owns the playground — you may have to contact a local park and recreation department if you do not know where to start.
  • Contact the owner/operator about the condition of the play area and request follow-up.

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About the National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit