KaBOOM! names Kenmore one of 151 most Playful City USA communities

Kids play during the Wilders
Kids play during the Wilders' music set at Kenmore's St. Edward State Park last month.
— image credit: ANDY NYSTROM, Bothell-Kenmore Reporter

Kenmore Mayor David Baker says the city strives to increase play opportunities for the community.

The national nonprofit KaBOOM! has taken notice, and for the second straight year has included Kenmore on its 2011 Playful City USA list. Auburn and Mercer Island also made the national list of 151 cities and towns.

“In the past couple years, the city has installed a basketball court, new playground equipment, signed an agreement with Bastyr University for use of the sports fields and there’s more park improvements planned in the near future," Baker said. In addition, joint-use agreements are used to share playspaces between the city and local schools.

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 play deficit continues to harm our children and stifle their mental and physical development, while directly facilitating the ongoing childhood obesity crisis,” said Darell Hammond, KaBOOM! founder and CEO and author of The New York Times best seller "KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play." “These 151 Playful City USA communities have joined KaBOOM! in making a collective statement that we will no longer accept the misconception that play is a luxury when the reality is that play is an absolute necessity for children.”

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