Fort Wayne named “Playful City” for fifth time

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  Fort Wayne is being recognized for its efforts to make it easy for kids to be active. It’s the largest city in Indiana to achieve the “Playful City USA” designation. Nationwide, 212 cities were named a 2014 Playful City USA Community by the non-profit organization KaBOOM!

“We continue to see unprecedented positive momentum in our City,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “Having an excellent quality of life in our community is a direct result of the world-class parks system that we enjoy in Fort Wayne.”

KaBOOM!, the national non-profit organization dedicated to saving play, created Playful City USA in 2007 to help local governments address the Play Deficit by ensuring their children have the time and space they need to play.

“This year we’ve focused on creating our first indoor accessible playground at the McMillen Park Community Center,” said Director Al Moll. “The working group continues to grow as it makes great strides with its mission, and includes Parks & Recreation staff, Turnstone, the YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, McMillen Center for Health Education, FWCS, the Fort Wayne Volunteer Center and community play advocates. We appreciate the input from all of our partners!”

KaBOOM! Play Days are held each summer at various locations and welcome families to come out for food, fun and games. This year they are:

June 7, 11am – 4 pm, McMillen Park Community Center
July 9, 5 – 7 pm, Hamilton Park
August 1, 3 – 5 pm, Memorial Park

For more information on the KaBOOM! Playful City USA program, including Let’s Play grants and applications for 2014, click here.

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