Play Everywhere Challenge Finalists

We received 1,000+ outstanding applications in the Play Everywhere Challenge. Meet our 200 finalists!

Finalists will receive funds and assistance to further hone their ideas, and in September we will award $1 million in prize money to enable 50 winners from all across the United States to bring their ideas to life.

Visit our gallery to see ideas from our finalists as well as other great ideas from the challenge applications.

City Organization Project
AZ
Phoenix Arizona State University Play Sculptures: Urban Exploration!
Phoenix Helping Phoenix Neighborhoods (HPN) Creating Play Along the Grand Canal
Yuma City of Yuma Yuma Candy Land
CA
Bakersfield Kern County Public Health Services Neighborhood, Fellowship & Physical Activity - Joint Use in Southeast Bakersfield
Berkeley Habitot Children's Museum HabitoToneZone - a Musical Play Walk
Torrance Torrance Community Services Department Torrance Play Dates
Corona City of Corona FreeWay - FreePlay
Greenfield Monterey County Free Libraries Juntos Jugamos (Together We Play)
Los Angeles CicLAvia CicLAvia pLAy
Los Angeles National Health Foundation AhMAZE-me South Central (Enrueda-te South Central)
Oakland Our City Our City Oakland
Richmond National Park Service - Urban Fellowship Program Richmond Wellness Trail Living Play Preview
Richmond For Richmond Pop Up Play Days
Riverside Safe Routes to School National Partnership Fitivities® Everywhere
Sacremento WALKSacramento Kid Grid
San Diego Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation Play on the Way
San Francisco KIDmob You're Going on a Story Hunt-Adventure Awaits
San Francisco San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Play Streets SF
San Francisco Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) Market Street Redesign Permanent Installations
San Jose Latinos United for a New America Nuestro Lugar
CO
Colorado Springs Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region Pride, Purpose, Promise
Denver ReArranging Denver You Are Here
Denver Rocky Mountain Communities PLAYce to Play & Learn
DC
Washington NoMa Parks Foundation NoMa Play Stations
Washington Trash Jazz
Washington Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) DC's First Open Streets
Washington TNT (Tech InNovation Team) TNT Kids At Play!
FL
Fort Lauderdale City of Fort Lauderdale Parks & Recreation Department Why Sit When You Can Play
Gainesville Greater Duval Neighborhood Association Plant and Play
Jacksonville City of Jacksonville Get Out the Board Games!
Lake County Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties Fun on the Run!
Lake Worth Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency Play Avenida
Orlando Kids' Wellness Alliance Happy PLAYce
West Palm Beach City Of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation Stop Drop Play @ Imagination Way
GA
Atlanta Inventors Club Atlanta Beltline Beats Musical Park
Atlanta Play Atlanta Community Play Wrapped in a Garden
Cordele Coming Round the Track
Decatur City of Decatur, Active Living, Pedestrian Advisory Committee The Pedal-to-School Bike Bus
Macon Wesleyan College Hayday!
IA
Fort Dodge Linking Families and Communities Downtown Fort Dodge Playscape
Iowa City City of Iowa City A Community Gathering STEAM
ID
Boise Volkan Alkanoglu DESIGN Cloud Gate
IL
Carbondale SIU Carbondale College of Applied Sciences and Arts The Saluki Skill Builder Family Fun Zone Collaboration
Chicago Rogers Park Business Alliance ¡Escaleras!
Chicago Urban Initiatives Shark Park
Chicago Lekotek-a Division of Anixter Center Stop n' Play
Danville City of Danville Jackson Street Art Walk
Dekalb STEAM Works, Northern Illinois University Playfully DeKalb
Peoria City of Peoria Lots of Fun!
IN
Bloomington City of Bloomington Play Team Community Dream ChalkBoard
Fort Wayne Bridge of Grace Compassionate Ministries Center Lots of Fun!
Gary City Life Center LOTS of Fun!
Greenfield City of Greenfield Riley DIY Trail
Jeffersonville The Center For Women and Families The Center For Women and Families - Play Oases
La Porte La Porte County Symphony Orchestra Joyful Noise
KY
Lexington University of Kentucky Squeaky Piano
Louisville Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government Meet Me at Maple Street
LA
Bunkie Move Bunkie Forward Painting Playgrounds for Movement in Bunkie
MA
Boston Department of Conservation + Recreation Vacant lots to Pop-Up Parks
Boston Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy Greenway Nature Kit
Boston Roslindale Wants to Play See Saul Bellows
Boston Mayor's Office of New Mechanics City Symphony
Cambridge MIT Media Lab & MIT Education Arcade A-pops
Dorchester/Mattapan FitNation Ventures Inc., dba Reimagine Play Project Conquer the Course
MD
Baltimore Parks & People Foundation Nature Play Space Pop-up in Mondawmin Community of Baltimore City
Takoma Park Community CHEER Cycle for Energy
MI
Battle Creek Battle Creek Community Foundation ArtPLAYces
Detroit Matrix Human Services The Osborn Community Game-scape
Detroit Akoaki Bubblido
Detroit Focus: HOPE Popup Play at the Library
Detroit Hip Scotch
Grand Rapids ArtPrize Grand Rapids Pop-up Art Park - a creative hands-on experience
Ypsilanti The Kidz Wall
MN
Minneapolis Midtown Greenway Coalition Playroute to School
MO
Kansas City Children's Mercy Hospital Stomp it Up!
Kansas City Boston Heights & Mt. Hope Neighborhood Association Keys to a Healthy Community
Springfield Community Partnership of the Ozarks Inc. Playful Sidewalk Project
St. Louis County St. Louis Economic Development Partnership Promise Learning Playground
MS
Biloxi Gulf Coast Community Design Studio Play Music: Public Art and Collaborative Play
Clarksdale Carnegie Public Library of Clarksdale and Coahoma County Bridge to Play Project
Crystal Springs City of Crystal Springs Music "Crossroads"
Leland Delta Health Alliance The Leland Community Music Park
Pelahatchie Singleton Architects, P.A. Pelahatchie Explore & Play
Starkville Starkville In Motion Shuttle and Play
NC
Cary Dancing Daisies
Charlotte Belmont Neighborhood Association The Imagine Forest
Charlotte The ColourWheel Playtime
Greenville Greenville Police Department Greenville Plays
Lenoir Caldwell Arts Council Games, Games, and More Games
Raleigh Marbles Kids Museum PLaY-stallation
Woodland Town of Woodland Woodland's Rebirth
NE
Lincoln High Level Happiness and Nebraska Wildlife Federation Our Neighborhood Treehouse
NJ
Millville Holly City Development Corporation Pop-up Play
Rahway RAin ART
NM
Albuquerque Downtown ABQ Mainstreet Initiative JUEGO: El Way-Go
Santa Ana Pueblo Pueblo Santa Ana Tamaya Play Path
NY
Auburn Cayuga Community Health Network Fun Boards for Kids
Brooklyn The Maple Street School Sidewalk Obstacle Course Mural
City of Albany City of Albany Planning & Development Department West Hill/West End: I Spy
New Paltz Village of New Paltz Village of New Paltz Playwalks
New York Gensler Curbscape
New York Police Athletic League, Inc. PAL Pop-Up Playstreets
New York Evolutionary Guidance Media R&D Street Jazz
New York Transportation Alternatives Make Meeker Move
OH
Akron East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation (EANDC) Minson Plaza
Akron The Way of Mind and Body The Middlebury Maker's Park
Cincinnati Cincinnati Health Department Evanston Play Path
Cleveland Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Harmony Park at Lakeview Terrace
Kettering City of Kettering Kettering Pedal Player and Play of Light
Whitehall Franklin County Public Health Under the Counter Play
OK
Oklahoma City Oklahoma City-County Health Department Ciudad Pequeña de Southern Oaks
OR
Portland Hacienda CDC (Portland Mercado) Viajando en el Mercado
PA
Bethlehem Bethlehem Health Bureau Playrow Plaza
McKeesport City of McKeesport Green PLAYces
Philadelphia Studio Ludo Sa(l)vage Play: Here There Be Monsters
Philadelphia PLAY-farm installation
Pittsburgh The Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative via Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children Swing On!
Puerto Rico
San Juan Municipality of San Juan: Urban Design and Project Development Department Urban Jungle
San Juan Juega en la Cerra
RI
Providence Providence Community Library (PCL) Start Here: Games at the Library's Front Door
Providence Partnership for Providence Parks PLAYforms!
SC
Greenville Greenville Rocks!
Lake City Ronald E. McNair Foundation Hanging with Ronald E. McNair
Rock Hill City of Rock Hill Frog Find
Summerton Jehovah Jerith Outreach Ministry and Clarendon School District One Resource Center Summerton "Play Anywhere" Community Project
Union Union Housing Authority Ms Cal Playland
SD
Sioux Falls Sioux Falls Health Department Hayward THRIVE
TN
Jackson City of Jackson - Recreation & Parks Terrinopolis: An Imagination Playscape
Memphis Neighborhood Coloring Block
Memphis Zoom, Go Play
TX
Arlington Arlington Public Library The Maze
Brownsville City of Brownsville Texas Geodomes Around Brownsville
Dallas City of Dallas Dallas Around the Block Project
Galveston L.SMURPHE.F Institute Music on the Go-Galveston
San Antonio The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Natural Storytelling: Playing to Promote Body and Mind Literacy
San Juan City of San Juan City of San Juan Creative Crosswalk
VA
Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Bus Stop Lookout!
Pulaski Institute for Creativity Arts and Technology, Virginia Tech CareFULL Fun
Richmond rva MORE Riding and Racing for Everyone in the Southeast's Cycling City
Roanoke Total Action for Progress Terrace Apartments Pathways to Play
WA
Bellevue City of Bellevue (Planning and Community Development) Waiting Lines
Everett Mari's Place Mari's Place Art & Play Project
Seattle Public Health Seattle & King County Transit Play Spaces
Snoqualmie City of Snoqualmie Walk N' Play
Spokane Terrain's Spokane Sidewalk Games Spokane Sidewalk Games
WI
Green Bay City of Green Bay Good, Clean, Fun!
Oshkosh Oshkosh/Winnebago County Housing Authority Cumberland Court Playground
Whitewater Working for Whitewater's Wellness Outside In
WV
Huntington Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District Born Learning Trail

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