National Play Everywhere Challenge

In 2016, KaBOOM! led the $1 million Play Everywhere Challenge, to inspire cities, residents, leaders, and community members to design and implement creative PLAYces for kids. We received over 1,000 entries and selected 50 winners, across the country, who received funds to bring their creation to life.

This Challenge was a collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Target, Playworld, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The 50 winners, selected by KaBOOM! and our blue ribbon panel, including leaders from the business, nonprofit, urban planning, and arts sectors represent a breadth of creative, replicable, and fun ways to help more kids and families fit play into their everyday lives.

Winners

AZ
Tucson – Playful Gardens
CA
Kerman – Crosswalk Hop
McFarland – Veteran's Memorial Bus Stop
Oakland – Play Oakland Mosaic Trash Can Makeovers
Richmond – Mathieu Court Alley Play Street
D.C.
Washington – Animal Tracks
FL
Miami – iPlay MIAMI Streets
GA
Decatur – J.U.M.P.! or Join Us at the MARTA Playspace
IA
Des Moines – Sidewalk Chalk Flood 2.0
Dubuque – Portable Play Laboratory
IL
Chicago – Perma-PlayStreets
Chicago – Chicago Children's Theatre: Dreams on Parade
KY
Lexington – BUSt! Boredom
LA
New Orleans – PL@Y MLK
New Orleans – The Hangout
MA
Boston – Kit of Parks
Worcester – Piedmont Plays: A Campaign to Love Your Neighborhood
MI
Detroit – Brightmoor Runway
Flint – iCrim: Playful Pathway
MN
Minneapolis – Bubble Rooftops
MO
Independence – Fun House
MS
Jackson – A-Mazing Sidewalk Adventure
NC
Benson – Sidewalk Playspaces
Charlotte – Rail Trail Symphony
Charlotte – SPARK (Socialize, Play, Accommodate to Reach Kids)
Charlotte – GovPorch
Kannapolis – Playful Sidewalks
NY
Geneva – Rain or Shine Interactive Sidewalk Play
New York – Bronx Steps 2 Health: Pathway of Play
New York – Urban Periscopes
New York – Way to Play
Plattsburgh – Project Projection
Rochester – Story Book Walk Outside Phillis Wheatly Library
OK
Tahlequah – The Place Where They Play
PA
Philadelphia – Urban Thinkscape
Philadelphia – The Playable Sidewalk
Philadelphia – The Play Parklet
York – York's Playful Sidewalks
Puerto Rico
Loiza – Zona de Paz (Peace Zone)
RI
Providence – Board Play
SC
Spartanburg – Big Play on Laundry Day
TN
Knoxville – Downtown Slides
Nashville – The Moveable Fest
TX
Houston – OX4D
McAllen – Metro McAllen Swing-and-Ride
VA
Richmond – Upswing: Retractable Jump Ropes and Sidewalk Play as Neighborhood Renewal
VT
Randolph – Laundromat Theater
WI
Eau Claire – Building Playware
Madison – Design to Move

Congratulations to our 50 outstanding winners who are working to create innovative places to play for kids all across the U.S. Visit our gallery to see ideas from other Play Everywhere projects.


Categories

Play Everywhere projects can come in many forms, matching the needs of the communities they serve. View projects by different types using the links below.


Generous funding support provided by

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Target
Playworld

Strategic support provided by

HUD

 

National Endowment for the Arts