Coral Gables, Florida: Earns Playful City Distinction

Do kids play as much as they used to? The answer is no. But the community of Coral Gables and 217 other cities are trying to change that.

Established in 2006 with the intent of keeping kids active, engaged, and at play, Kaboom's Playful City program aims to build a playground near, and promote healthy play for, every child in America. Cities honored with the distinction of Playful City make an effort and commitment to their children, and offer local programs to keep children healthy.

Coral Gables has been chosen for the fifth year as a playful city because of its very successful Neighborhood Renaissance Program. This program is designed to improve the conditions in every local neighborhood in the area. The belief is that through promotion of local family areas, a healthier, happier, and safer community is formed and united. The future of our children and our children's children starts in our own backyard.

Coral Gables is so pleased to partner with Kaboom and the Humana Foundation for the fifth year in a row to promote the city's children and play towards a brighter tomorrow. Some of the many benefits of being a Playful City include:

  • Exclusive access to 103 Let's Play Grants worth $2.1 million between 2011–13.
  • Inclusion in national publications spotlighting your city's best practices in play.
  • Street signs identifying your community's commitment to children.
  • Customized marketing kit and online tools to celebrate the Playful City USA recognition.
  • Access to free instructional trainings led by experts that feature replicable programs and policies.
  • Connections to a network of city and municipal leaders.
  • Competitive advantage for state and national grant opportunities.
  • Inclusion in national advertising and public relations campaigns.
  • Financial support to attend conferences focusing on play policies, city and state leadership, health, and urban planning.
  • Recognition status embraced by realtors, visitor bureaus, developers, and investors to highlight your community as a great place to raise healthy and happy children.

How does your city fare on the playful city scale? What do you think of the Playful City Program? Will you promote playful city values in your city? Let us know in the comments below.

Photo courtesy of Timothy Valentine’s Flickr

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