On April 30, 2020, we bid a fond farewell to the Map of Play website. Everyone here at KABOOM! is proud of, and inspired by, the community that grew from the Map of Play and truly appreciate your many thoughtful contributions over the years. But the time has come to close down the site in order to better focus on our mission to end playspace inequity.
The Map of Play's goal was to be the web's best resource for parents, grandparents and caregivers to find, rate and discuss the playgrounds in their community. We wanted everyone to locate and celebrate the best playgrounds in their neighborhood, while also identifying those that were not-as-great. The Map of Play was also a vital tool in helping KABOOM! find communities in the United States that didn't have playspaces at all.
Listings within the Map of Play grew to include tens of thousands of parks, playgrounds, skateparks, sledding hills, splash pads, sports fields/courts, and much more. Thousands of site members added playground locations and pictures of playgrounds. The website also included information from playground vendors, cities and municipal agencies, and even the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
It was a beloved project and will always remain a proud part of KABOOM! History. In fact, while we may have closed down the Map of Play itself, the location information will continue to help inform our work to build inspiring playspaces that spark unlimited opportunities for every kid, everywhere. KABOOM appreciates and applauds all the time, care and love our community put into the project, adding details, photos, and ratings to all of the playgrounds on the Map of Play. We hope you'll join us in bidding it a fond farewell by leaving a message or a special memory of it on Facebook.