Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

31 Cities Founding Members of Playful City USA

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

31 Cities Founding Members of Playful City USA

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What do Yuma, Ariz., San Francisco and Jamestown, N.Y., have in common? They've all been named founding members of Playful City USA, part of the KaBOOM! National Campaign for Play.

KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit dedicated to bringing play back into the lives of America's children, and this year, they've launched Playful City USA, a recognition program that honors municipalities across the nation for their commitment to an agenda for play.

The 31 founding dries were recognized because they fulfilled the five Playful City USA commitments:

1. Create a local play commission or task force;

2. Design an annual action plan for play;

3. A play space audit;

4. Outline a financial investment in play for the current fiscal year; and

5. Proclaim and celebrate an annual "play day."

"Playful City USA reflects the hope, opportunity and possibility inherent in municipal collaborations anchored by a shared vision for play," said Darell Hammond, co-founder and CEO of KaBOOM! "The innovative practices these cities adopted are a call-to-action for other municipalities across the country to rally behind proactive, city-wide agendas in support of broader physical activity and play."

Founding members of Playful City USA are:

Ankeny, Iowa; Atlanta; Canton, Ga.; Cedar City, Utah; Chandler, Ariz.; Creedmoor, N.C.; Dothan, Ala.; East Cleveland, Ohio; El Paso, Texas; Gilbert, Ariz.; Greenbelt, Md.; Jamestown, N.Y.; Kenner, La.; Kerman, Calif.; Kingsburg, Calif.; Lake Charles, La.; Lake Worth, Fla.; Longview, Wash.; Mountain Grove, Mo.; New Lennox, Ill.; New Roads, La.; Norfolk, Va.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Portsmouth, Ohio; San Francisco; San Jose, Calif.; Shirley, Mass.; Spartanburg, S.C.; Tucson, Ariz.; Wapello, Iowa; and Yuma, Ariz.

The founding members will be recognized in New Orleans during the Delegates Luncheon on Saturday, November 17. …

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