SAN FRANCISOC – The City of San Francisco is being honored with a 2015 Playful City USA designation for the ninth time. The national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable. San Francisco, with its 179 city-maintained playgrounds and play areas, adapts to its surrounding communities and is installing new innovative playground models to encourage active play and facilitate healthy and successful child development.
From the climbing structures at Mission Playground to the seesaws at Alta Plaza Park to the entirely new Raymond Kimbell playground, San Francisco has exciting play facilities throughout.
“We make every effort to ensure we have plentiful outdoor spaces for our city’s children. We’re constantly updating our playgrounds to make them safer, cleaner, and more fun,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “We’re honored to receive such a distinction from KaBOOM!”
“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.”
To learn more about these cities, see the full list of the 241 communities named 2015 Playful City USA honorees, or to gather more information on the Playful City USA program, visit www.playfulcityusa.org.
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KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.1 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. To learn why #playmatters: visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.