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Wichita Named “Playful City USA”

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Recognition received for 2nd consecutive year

The City of Wichita is one of 118 communities across the nation to receive the 2010 “Playful City USA” honor. The recognition was awarded by KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit which promotes a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. In the fourth year of this program, KaBOOM! selected Wichita for its dedication and commitment to outdoor play. Wichita was the first Kansas community to receive this recognition and has now been recognized for the 2nd consecutive year.

“Seeing Wichita receive this award for the second time is exciting,” Wichita City Council Member Lavonta Williams said. “I am proud to live in a ‘playful community’ and enjoy seeing the positive impact being made on the lives of our children and families as we strive to live up to the title.”

“An extreme misconception exists in our country that play among children is a luxury when, in fact, it’s an absolute necessity,” said Darell Hammond, KaBOOM! CEO and Co-founder. “For decades, this notion dominated our actions and we continue to see the damaging results: a monumental lack of play spaces for children and sky-rocketing childhood obesity rates. Wichita refused to adhere to the status quo and realized all children deserve a municipal commitment to the cause of play. Wichita serves as a beacon for the rest of our nation that an investment in children is an investment in our future.”

The Wichita Play Commission is focused on making children healthier and happier with creative commitments to the cause of play and increasing play opportunities. The Commission will be hosting the 2nd annual Wichita Play Day from 1-4 p.m., Sat. Sept. 18 at O.J. Watson Park, 3022 S. McLean Blvd. More details will be announced later this month.

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