Hey soccer fans - to celebrate the upcoming MLS Cup, soccer stars will join with Home Depot associates, MLS W.O.R.K.S (the league’s community outreach arm), the Seattle Public Schools, local volunteers and KaBOOM! in building a brand new playground in one day in Seattle (Seattle MetBlogs).
And speaking of sports, BMX bikers are lobbying to use a newly-built skate park alongside skateboarders in Eureka, Calif. despite liability concerns. It's not often you hear of teenagers lobbying the insurance provider for a city, so be sure to check out their efforts and post a comment on the article (Times-Standard).
Finally, you may have heard that our CEO, Darell Hammond, recognized Playful City USA communities at the National League of Cities Conference of Cities & Exposition on Saturday. If you're disappointed you missed his speech (and it is pretty awesome), you can watch it here (NLC TV). Here's my favorite quote: "Play is a fundamental right for every child, not a privilege." AMEN!
"Today in Play" is a regular feature on the KaBOOM! blog, featuring the latest news on play and KaBOOM! media mentions.