For Immediate Release
Date: May 18, 2016
The City of Savannah is being honored with a 2016 Playful City USA designation for the seventh consecutive year. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable. The City of Savannah currently maintains 57 playgrounds, 15 community centers, 9 public swimming pools and hundreds of acres of parks. Savannah also encourages play to be a part of neighborhood and business development plans.
KaBOOM! recognized Savannah along with 257 other cities and towns from across the United States as a 2016 Playful City USA honoree. KaBOOM!, 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. The program honors cities, towns and communities across America that are taking bold steps to ensure that all children have easy access to balanced and active play in their communities.
“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.”
Members of our community are invited to get involved (and get playful!) in thinking about how play can create a more family-friendly city.
For more information contact City of Savannah Parks & Recreation Services Director Barry Baker at (912) 351-3841.