Ben Duda, senior manager of the KaBOOM! National Campaign for Play, wrote a piece on Playful City USA that was just published in "Nation Cities Weekly." Here's a snippet:
With experts predicting a challenging economic forecast for the foreseeable future, officials nationwide will continue to face difficult budgetary choices in 2009.
Throughout the country, decision makers are frequently examining recreational programs and maintenance as targets for funding reductions. However, a growing amount of research strongly indicates unstructured play and ample play opportunities are critical to the development and overall well-being of children.
In an effort to highlight communities that value unstructured play among children, national non-profit KaBOOM! launched Playful City USA in 2007. A free national recognition program available to communities, Playful City USA spotlights both large- and small-scale initiatives designed to increase opportunities and awareness for play among children.