Selection criteria for Playful City USA designation
Cities must ensure play is available to ALL kids, especially those from underserved and vulnerable populations. Tell us how your city uses infrastructure investment, policy change, and programming to address inequity in play opportunities.
Scale (city-led efforts)
Investments in play are only successful when they lead to widespread behavior change. Let us know how your municipal leadership is taking comprehensive, city-wide action to increase play-related infrastructure investment, policy, and programming.
Tell us how your city is making play the easy choice for kids by creating safe places to "play along the way" -- on the daily routes of families and in unexpected places such as sidewalks, bus stops, vacant lots, and beyond.
Your examples should demonstrate significant collaboration among non-profit partners, foundations, municipal agencies (including but not limited to parks and recreation departments), the Mayor's Office, business community, and citizens.
Tell us how your city uses play infrastructure as a way to attract or retain residents or businesses.