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Kenmore named 2012 ‘Playful City USA’

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today’s children spend less time playing outside than any previous generation, but 213 cities and towns, including Kenmore, earned recognition from national non-profit KaBOOM! as 2012 Playful City USA communities for their efforts to increase play opportunities for children.

Playful City USA is a national program advocating for local policies that increase play opportunities for children and is a key platform in combating the play deficit. KaBOOM!, the national non-profit organization dedicated to saving play, created Playful City USA in 2007 to help local governments address the play deficit and it is through mayors, city council members, parks and  recreation departments, school districts and community leaders that the program succeeds in benefitting children.

KaBOOM! selected Kenmore for its outstanding dedication to play.

Kenmore continues to emphasize joint use agreements, including a 10-year agreement with Bastyr University for athletic fields. In addition, the community annually hosts a play day to promote healthy living.

“The City of Kenmore is dedicated to promoting healthy living and providing opportunities for children and adults to stay active,” said Kenmore Mayor David Baker.

“The community is encouraged to participate in the annual Kenmore Play Day in August and take advantage of Kenmore’s many parks featuring open space, trails, playground equipment and more.”

For more information on the KaBOOM! Playful City USA program, visit

www.playfulcityusa.org.  For information on Kenmore parks, visit www.kenmorewa.gov/parks.

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