Creating Safe Places to Play

This project evaluated 16 Play Streets organized by 4 culturally diverse communities. Funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Physical Activity Research Center.


  • Systematic Observation of Physical Activity and Recreation in Communities

  • Data Analysis

  • Manuscript Preparation

  • Survey and Pedometer Data Collection

  • Community Report Development

Tyler Prochnow, PhD
Assistant Professor

My research interests include social network analysis and health behavior.


Promoting physical activity (PA) is a long-standing public health initiative to improve overall health and wellbeing. Innovative …

System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities (SOPARC) can provide accurate assessment of physical activity; however, the …

Children are significantly less active during summer months and rural children may face unique barriers to engaging in physical …

Purpose: The System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities (SOPARC) is a valid, reliable method for understanding how people …

CONTEXT: Outdoor play has been described as essential for healthy childhood development. Lack of safety is one barrier to children …


Background and Purpose - Understanding how community physical activity (PA) spaces are used is critical for promoting PA. System for …