Piqua named ‘2016 Playful City’

For the Daily Call

PIQUA — The city of Piqua is being honored with a 2016 Playful City USA designation for the 4th consecutive year. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playful.

“The city of Piqua is honored to be recognized as a 2016 Playful City Community,” said Piqua City Manager Gary Huff. “We believe that active participation in our park system results in tremendous benefits ranging from recreation enjoyment to improved health conditions. The community’s commitment to improving and being involved in our parks can be seen over the past few years by the number of volunteers and community leaders participating in recreation programs and facilities.”

Communities across the country are creating innovative ways to bring back play and attract residents through family friendly activities. Interactive sidewalk art, designated play spaces on trails and the transformation of schoolyards into active play areas are just a few examples of how cities are becoming more playful.

“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. By integrating play into cities, the leaders of Playful Cities USA are working to attract and retain the thousands of families that want homes in close proximity to safe places to play.”

To learn more about these cities, see the full list of the 257 communities named 2016 Playful City USA honorees, or to gather more information on the Playful City USA program, visit www.playfulcityusa.org. The city also encourages residents to take part in the conversation by using the hashtag “playability” on Twitter or Facebook.

For additional information please contact the city of Piqua at (937) 778-2051.


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