Florence Parks and Recreation Department is being honored with a 2016 Playful City USA designation for the second consecutive year. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their communities more playable. The program is presented by KaBoom! – a national non-profit dedicated to children receiving balanced, daily active play. This program recognizes and honors communities which“…demonstrate a commitment to ensuring all kids get the balance of play” necessary to their physical and social developments. Some of the selection criteria focused on community partnerships, infrastructure investments and a dedication to the social and physical benefits of active play for children. “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.”
The Town of Florence Parks and Recreation Department is one of only 257 cities and towns nationwide, which received the Playful City USA designation. Only 16 Arizona communities were selected.