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Playful City USA Program Details

Is your city or town creating policies or investing in programs and infrastructure to keep kids active, playing, and healthy? Then it may have what it takes to be recognized as a Playful City USA community.



What is Playful City USA?

Playful City USA is a national recognition program sponsored by the Humana Foundation, honoring cities and towns that champion efforts to make play a priority through establishing policy initiatives, infrastructure investments and innovative programming. The program strives to recognize communities that demonstrate a commitment to ensuring all kids get the balance of active play they need to thrive.


How do you qualify to be named a Playful City USA community?

What is your city or town doing to keep kids, families and communities active, playing and healthy? We’re looking for communities that demonstrate a strong commitment to the cause of play with a defined a vision and action plan in collaboration with local partners to promote play opportunities. Whether you’re creating policies or developing programs, if your community is working hard to make play a priority, then you might have what it takes to be recognized as a Playful City USA community.


What are the selection criteria for Playful City USA designation?

To be honored as a Playful City USA designation, we’re looking for communities that:

  • Demonstrate significant collaboration among nonprofit partners, foundations, municipal agencies, the business community, and local civic groups
  • Exhibit Mayoral or local governmental leadership on the cause of play
  • Express the ability and commitment to use data to address inequality through infrastructure investment, policy change and programming as demonstrated in their action plans

Benefits of Playful City USA designation

  • Two Playful City USA highway road signs
  • Personalized marketing activation kit that includes press releases and marketing materials to support national recognition and increase awareness
  • Webinars to share and learn best practices from across the network and country
  • Exclusive access to Policy Map, an online tool that enables cities to leverage up-to-date city data that can be used in combination with KaBOOM! playspace mapping data
  • Opportunity to apply for grants and playground build opportunities offered by KaBOOM! that support targeted policies, programs, and infrastructure for your city or town
  • Increased stature and competitive advantage for state and national grant opportunities
  • Opportunity to attend 2014 Playful City USA Leaders' Summit

Get Notified for 2015
Get an alert when sign-up for 2015 Playful City USA communities begins!