How to qualify as a Playful City USA community
What is your city or town doing to keep kids, families and communities active, playing and healthy? We’re looking for communities that demonstrate a strong commitment to the cause of play. Playful Cities also support their commitment through with a defined vision in collaboration with local partners to promote play opportunities. Whether you’re creating policies or developing programs, if your community is working hard to make play a priority, then you might have what it takes to be recognized as a Playful City USA community.
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.
The following list represents sections of the 2017 application. We'll provide instructions for each section in the application. The checklist is meant to give you an idea of the types of information we'll ask you to provide in the application. Further instructions will be provided when the application opens in mid-February 2017.
- General contact information
- Community demographics
- Playspace location and type information
- Three examples of playability
- Play related funding sources
- Letter of support from city leadership
If you have any questions or want to learn more, please do not hesitate to reach out to Alex Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 464-6164.