“Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world… indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
In Shirley, Massachusetts, citizens take Margaret Meade’s famous quote to heart. A Playful City USA Founding Community, Shirley has been advocating for play for 6 consecutive years!
The movement for protecting play began 6 years ago. A group of mothers began walking together at 5AM, the only free time they had during the day. After talking about their neighborhood and children, the mothers decided they wanted more than just morning walks for their community and took action. Planning group meetings at parks and playgrounds, the mothers formed together to make the city more playful. Focusing on slowing down and good old-fashioned fun, Shirley brings small town values and volunteerism together to create a great place to play.