Free pLAy for all L.A.

submission by KnucklebonesLA

About Your Application

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


Knucklebones is an athletically inspired wellness company, providing custom programs and events to infants through seniors at any time of year, for any occasion and in any location: child cares, schools, corporations, assisted living centers, etc.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


We want to create a traveling play program in communities across L.A. utilizing parks, community centers and other public spaces to increase awareness, health, fitness and fun! We’ll create the pLAy Bus, fill it with athletically inspired equipment, travel each weekend to new a location (park, parking lot, gymnasium, etc.) in a different community/area/district/town throughout L.A. County, unload the equipment, set up in the space provided and engage the greater community in hours of free play!

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

(e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County):

Throughout all of L.A. County and, if possible, beyond.

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):


Provide healthy lifestyle choices

How will your proposal improve the following “Play” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to open space and park facilities

Number of children enrolled in afterschool programs

Per capita crime rates

Percentage of residents that feel safe in their neighborhoods

Attendance at major league sporting events

Residents within 1⁄4 mile of a park (Dream Metric)

Number of residents with easy access to a “vibrant” park (Dream Metric)

Number of parks with intergenerational play opportunities (Dream Metric)

Number (and quality) of informal spaces for play (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to play.


We will make L.A. the best place to play by traveling to every community/area/district/town to provide residents/friends/visitors an opportunity to engage in hours of free community play. Whether a park/field/parking lot/gymnasium/etc. we'll set up a vast array of athletically inspired play equipment and encourage everyone to be physically active, have fun, make new friends and build a bigger community network. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “communities with … safe places to play are healthier than those that don't.” The pLAy Bus will allow communities to gather together to play and experience their public space like never before. At each stop of the pLAy Bus we’ll also have partners with health services (Vision to Learn, community health organizations, etc.) to provide free health screenings and work with community organizations (Rotary Clubs, Whole Foods, Etc.) to provide additional support and services.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


Although there is no measure for the smiles and laughs that will be had by the participants, we plan on asking participants to take a survey before leaving. Our questions will be based around our primary objectives:
•What were your favorite games/activities?
•How long did you stay and play?
Did you interact with people outside of the group you can with?
•Had you been to this particular space before (park, school, community center)?
•Do you plan on returning now that you been to this space?
•Did you enjoy the activities provided by the Play Bus?
•Would you return to a Play Bus event?
•What was your favorite part of the day?

Finally, we will collaborate with community/area/district/town official government offices & health initiatives along with the UCLA Center for World Health to help figure out what activities/services/organizations the community would love to implement. We'll conduct this research: Pre Event, Time of Event and Post Event.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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A very original idea with the potential for far-reaching impact! This concept could easily be expanded to include aspects of the arts, music, and literacy. Let the best idea win - this one!!

by jimmyjones411
6 months ago

I see lots of good ideas being submitted here but Mitch Zeisler's Knucklebones concept really shines in being very inclusive and a large assortment of age and ability-level programs that are hugely enjoyable and, well, quite health promoting. I cast my vote for "Free pLAy for all L.A." for Knucklebones and hope to see it be the winner of this contest on 12/08/2015. Best of luck to you!!

by robm99x
6 months ago

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Submission Began
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Submission Ended
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Voting Ended
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
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Winner Announced
Tuesday, December 08, 2015