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Playground maintenance course Friday promotes safety

Students at Coyote Springs Elementary School in Prescott Valley hit the playground for morning recess. The City of Prescott will host a playground maintenance course from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 12 (Les Stukenberg/Courier file)

Students at Coyote Springs Elementary School in Prescott Valley hit the playground for morning recess. The City of Prescott will host a playground maintenance course from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 12 (Les Stukenberg/Courier file)

More than 240,000 children are injured each year on playgrounds, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, due largely to poor maintenance practices.

The Arizona Parks and Recreation Association has teamed up with the National Recreation and Park Association to protect children from these preventable injuries by offering a playground maintenance course.

The City of Prescott will host the one-day training course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the Prescott Centennial Center, 1989 Wineglass Drive.

Attendees will be provided with a textbook and the opportunity to apply the learning during an onsite playground inspection. Each attendee will receive a certificate of completion from NRPA, and Continuing Education Units will be applied for those who qualify. The course is open to schools, homeowners’ associations, day care facilities, cities, towns, landscape architects, playground and surfacing professionals, parks and recreation staff or individuals responsible for the purchase or maintenance, repair or inspection of playgrounds.

To register, go to www.azpra.org/event-3416837.

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