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May 18, 2016

Chandler named Playful City USA community for 10th consecutive year

If you’re looking for the most ‘playable, family-friendly’ communities across the nation, the City of Chandler continues to remain at the top of the list. For the 10th consecutive year, Chandler is being honored with a Playful City USA designation, an accomplishment shared by just 12 founding cities since KaBoom! initiated the program in 2007. 

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, KaBoom! honors cities and towns across the country that are taking bold steps to ensure that all children have easy access to balanced and active play in their communities. Chandler’s unwavering focus on the importance of play in the development of healthy families and the provision of its vast network of recreational amenities throughout the community has helped Chandler become a recognized leader in playability.

“Play is one of the primary ways kids come to understand the world around them. It allows them to release energy, push boundaries and connect with others,” said Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “Our City continues to invest in our wonderful public parks, playgrounds and affordable recreational facilities as they bring communities together and enrich lives. Not only has this commitment helped us retain the prominent ‘Playful City USA’ designation, but most importantly, it helps Chandler remain a family-friendly community that offers our residents numerous opportunities to play, live, learn and thrive.”

The opportunity to achieve, to grow and to discover new things is one that the City of Chandler believes everyone should experience, regardless of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Access to recreational opportunities for each resident through free or affordable programming has been a City Council priority and made possible through investments made by the City, Chandler Parks & Recreation scholarships and grants awarded by community partners. In 2015, the Chandler Parks & Recreation awarded 166 scholarships for tennis programming. An additional 3,299 individuals participated in lessons, leagues and tournaments while 5,276 individuals visited the Tennis Center for drop-in play.
 
Like Chandler, communities across the country are creating innovative ways to bring back play and attract residents through family friendly activities. Interactive sidewalk art, designated play spaces on trails and the transformation of schoolyards into active play areas are just a few examples of how cities are becoming more playful.

“We are thrilled to recognize these communities that have invested their time and efforts to put kids first,” said KaBOOM! CEO James Siegal. “Balanced and active play is crucial to the well-being of kids and the communities that they thrive in. By integrating play into cities, the leaders of Playful Cities USA are working to attract and retain the thousands of families that want homes in close proximity to safe places to play.”

In celebration of Chandler’s Playful City USA designation, the Mayor hosts an annual Day of Play to bring attention to the many recreational opportunities available to families in the community. This year’s event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, at Tumbleweed Park.

To see the full list of 2016 Playful City USA honorees, or for more information on the Playful City USA program, visit kaboom.org. We also encourage you to take part in the conversation on #playability with these thought leaders on Twitter and Facebook

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About KaBOOM!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.1 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. To learn why #playmatters, visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.