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2013 Playful City USA Communities

Congratulations to the 217 communities who have earned recognition as a 2013 Playful City USA community! The program received a record number of applications this year and could not be more excited to celebrate with the exceptional cities that were selected. Hailing from 43 states, the 217 Playful City USA honorees range in size from seven-time honorees such as San Francisco and Spartanburg, S.C., to first-time recipient Ellsworth, Kan. (population: 3,100). These Playful City USA communities are making a commitment to play and physical activity by developing unique local action plans to increase the quantity and quality of play in their community.

In the seventh year of the annual program, 16 Playful City USA communities received recognition for the seventh consecutive year, while 23 earned honors for the sixth time, 25 for the fifth time, 29 for the fourth time, 41 for the third time, 46 for the second time. KaBOOM! recognized 37 communities with their first Playful City USA designation.

These cities are leaders in creating policies, programming, and infrastructure that increases opportunities for kids to play. 90% of cities reported having a Parks or Play Commission dedicated to helping strengthen play in their city. 78% of cities reported recess policies that ensure children of the community get time to play in school. 56% of cities run an Adopt-A-Park program and over half of cities have other policies dedicated to increasing access to play.

A primary goal of Playful City USA is to encourage cities and towns to share ideas, concepts and programs in an effort to increase play opportunities for children. City initiatives include:

Durham (NC) – Durham is collecting data and feedback from citizens to help build their Master Plan for Durham Parks and Recreation. QR codes are added to historic signage for more information.  Investing in technology and programs help increase use of parks and increase customer satisfaction with parks services. Park “Ambassadors” work crowds at DPR events with tablets that allow residents to give instant feedback on events

Milwaukee (Wis.) – The city recently passed legislation requiring any organization using its facility as an elementary school to have an outdoor playspace for children. The legislation ensures both Milwaukee Public Schools and local charter schools are providing adequate and safe outdoor playspaces for all elementary students.

Birmingham (Ala.) – The city assembled the new Youth First Play Task Force with members from government, youth service, and civic agencies to determine how the community can work together to increase play. The Birmingham Division of Youth Services, one of the only youth focused government departments in the country, provides programming tailored to getting kids active. They will offer the Youth First Sports Week, which communicated opportunities, adding 50% more sports in 2013

The 217 Playful City USA communities are now eligible for $20,000 playground construction grants and $15,000 and $30,000 dedicated towards creating joint use agreements via Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families active nationwide. Grant recipients will be announced in the fall.

For more information on the KaBOOM! Playful City USA program, including Let’s Play grants and applications for 2014, visit www.playfulcityusa.org.  

 

 

2013 Playful City USA Communities

Alabama

Birmingham
Dothan
Huntsville

Arizona

Buckeye
Casa Grande
Chandler 
Coolidge
Fountain Hills
Gilbert
Maricopa
Mesa
Oro Valley
Tempe
Tucson
Yuma

Arkansas

Springdale

California

Azusa
Baldwin Park
Brentwood
Brisbane
Carson
Cerritos
Encinitas
Fairfax
Glendora
Kerman
La Mesa
Lakewood
Live Oak
Pico Rivera
Rancho Cucamonga 
Redwood City
Riverside
Roseville 
San Bernardino
San Francisco
Santa Fe Springs
Santee
Temecula
Three Rivers
West Covina
Whittier

Colorado

Broomfield
Commerce City
Evans
Northglenn
Thornton

Connecticut

Coventry
Meriden

Florida

Cocoa
Coconut Creek
Coral Gables
Doral
Fort Lauderdale
Fort Myers
Hallandale Beach
Kissimmee
Lake Worth
Lauderhill
Margate
Miami Lakes
New Port Richey
North Miami
North Port
Oakland Park
Oldsmar
Orlando
Ormond Beach
Palm Bay
Palmetto Bay
Parkland
Pinecrest
Rockledge
Safety Harbor
South Miami
Sunrise 
Tamarac
Tampa 
West Palm Beach 
West Park
Winter Park

Georgia

Albany
Atlanta
Clayton 
College Park
East Point
Hampton
Richmond Hill
Riverdale
Savannah

Idaho

Payette

Illinois

Chicago
Columbia
Dolton
Waterloo
Yorkville

Indiana

Bloomington
Fishers
Fort Wayne
Franklin

Iowa

Ankeny
Davenport
North Liberty

Kansas

Derby
Ellsworth
Lawrence
Liberal
Ottawa
Parsons
Troy

Kentucky

Beattyville
Campbellsville
Lexington
Murray
Pikeville
Williamstown

Louisiana

Baton Rouge
DeRidder
Hammond
New Orleans
New Roads

Maine

Saco

Maryland

Baltimore
Capitol Heights
Forest Heights
Greenbelt
Laurel
Takoma Park

Massachusetts

Chicopee
Fall River
Greenfield
Peabody
Shirley

Michigan

Grand Rapids
Holly

Minnesota

Lanesboro
Moorhead
Oak Park Heights
Winona

Mississippi

Amory
Hernando
Horn Lake
Jackson
Okolona
Senatobia
Starkville

Missouri

Ferguson
Independence

Montana

Missoula

Nevada

Henderson

New Hampshire

Pelham

New Jersey

Hamilton
Seabrook

New Mexico

Las Cruces

New York

Geneva

North Carolina

Albemarle
Creedmoor
Durham
Marion
Raleigh
Saluda

North Dakota

Bismarck
Fargo
West Fargo

Ohio

Columbus
Moraine
Piqua

Oklahoma

Yukon

Pennsylvania

Allentown
Bethlehem
Factoryville
Indiana
McKeesport 
Pittsburgh
Reading
York

Rhode Island

Providence

South Carolina

Camden
Greenville
Marion
North Charleston
Rock Hill
Spartanburg

South Dakota

Pierre

Tennessee

Etowah
Mt. Juliet
Oak Ridge
Sweetwater

Texas

Alamo
Alvin 
Arlington
Austin
Balch Springs
Brownsville
China Spring
Grand Prairie
Killeen
McAllen
Mesquite
Navasota
Rowlett
San Antonio
The Colony

Virginia

Danville
Hopewell
Norfolk

Washington

Auburn
Kenmore
Mercer Island
Parkland

West Virginia

Keyser
Shinnston

Wisconsin

Milton
Milwaukee
Strum
Village of Bellevue
Wyoming Laramie

Wyoming

Laramie