For Immediate Release
Date: June 17, 2015
For the sixth straight year, Savannah is being recognized by the national nonprofit organization KaBOOM! as one of America’s most “playful” cities for its remarkable work in elevating the importance of play. 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!, in partnership with the Humana Foundation, recognized Savannah along with 240 other cities and towns from across the United States as a 2015 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.
“Playability is crucial to the success of our future communities, and we are proud of the work these cities and leaders are doing to provide a better quality of life for all residents, and especially families,” says KaBOOM! President, James Siegal. “Play provides a competitive advantage for cities looking to attract and retain residents. With these esteemed leaders, and our friends and partners across the country, we continue to prioritize play for all kids.”
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.