Orlando named a Playful City USA community
September 13, 2011, 11:18 pm
For the fourth year in a row, the city of Orlando has been designated a Playful City USA community for its efforts to increase play opportunities for children.
KaBOOM! selected Orlando not only for its dedication to play, but also for its partnership approach. The city has 14 joint-use agreements with Orange County Public Schools to use and maintain playgrounds and other play spaces. Those agreements, in turn, allow the city to open up school playgrounds for public use during after-school hours.
KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit dedicated to saving play. Since being established 15 years ago in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! has mapped more than 85,000 places to play, built more than 2,000 playgrounds and advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country.