February 09, 2009

Playful City USA featured in "South Dakota Municipalities" magazine

This phrase particularly struck me: "Could unstructured play actually serve as a key cog in the search for low-cost and morale-boosting solutions in these strenuous times?" What does everyone think? Post your thoughts in the comments.

Playful City USA: Encouraging Practical & Innovative Practices for Community Recreation
South Dakota Municipalities
February 2009

With experts predicting a challenging economic forecast for the foreseeable future, officials in South Dakota 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.

This predicament merits creative examination. Could unstructured play actually serve as a key cog in the search for low-cost and morale-boosting solutions in these strenuous times?

In an effort to highlight communities who 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.

Read the full article (pdf).

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