Anne-Marie Spencer

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Anne-Marie Spencer serves the recreation industry as the Corporate VP Marketing for PlayCore in Chattanooga TN and a member of the company's Center for Professional Development.  She has presented over 80 national and regional seminars on a variety of recreation topics, including inclusive play, fitness, playground planning, and grant research. During a 20+ year marketing career, she has written 23 books, and authored over 150 articles. In her spare time, Anne-Marie is an obstacle course racer, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Chambliss Children's Center in Chattanooga and the Advisory Board for Park and Recreation magazine.

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All around the country, playgrounds offer children health benefits that promote active lifestyles and overall fitness. Play develops a variety of fitness skills that help children develop into well-rounded adults and can instill a love of active...
Inclusive play. Ask 10 people what it means and it’s quite possible you’ll get 10 different answers. Adhering to ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Creating access on the playground. Including products for children with disabilities. Ensuring...
Outdoor Adult Fitness Spaces
Evidence Based benefits of Outdoor Exercise Improved mental well-being and physiological health Disease prevention Improved adherence to regular exercise, thereby driving positive health behavior change Greater feelings of...
Manipulative Play It's interesting to hear people talk about play. While we all know play when we see it, some speak of it as a way for young children to learn, as a catalyst to breed cooperation, interpersonal relationships, coordination, and as the very...
A family walk in nature Great Britain’s Youth Sport Trust charity recently conducted a survey by contacting 1,000 children who were aged 5 to 16 about their gaming habits. The results revealed that 25% of the children polled feels that video games are exercise. Even...
Health Happens Outdoor Fitness and Walking Trail - Ocala Florida In the city of Ocala, located in Marion County, FL, a new initiative around health, fitness, and wellness is proving beneficial to local residents. A new outdoor fitness park, the Health Happens Outdoor Fitness and Walking Trail, located at the Marion...
The Trust for Public Land City Parks are Unique When we were involved in a large research project with leading city park staff from around the US, I quickly learned how truly unique city parks are. They serve complex and diverse needs, from recreation, to beautification, to...
Expression Swing by GameTime Every once in a while something comes along in the playground industry that not only changes the game, but makes us all proud to be a part of such a wonderful endeavor – helping children and families increase overall health and happiness through...
Creativity is contagious, pass it on - Albert Einstein There is a myth that work and play are entirely separate from one another. We work, and then we play. Work hard, play hard. Get one done efficiently so you have time for the other. But what about the creativity needed to be most efficient at work? How...
Using light for play
It hasn't been too many decades ago, when playgrounds were made primarily of steel, with some wood accents. Color was rare, and kids of that era will tell you that after a play session, there was usually a red coating on their hands from the...
Playground surfacing road map   I’m always surprised, when talking to recreation managers and buyers about surfacing, to hear them say, “it’s expensive, and doesn't really add any play or fun to the site, but it’s something we have to do.”...