Brentwood Named a Playful City USA for the 5th Consecutive Year!
By Barbie Gary
High Five for Brentwood!
For the fifth consecutive year, Brentwood has been named a Playful City USA! Just over 200 cities throughout the United States have been designated by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play, as Playful Cities in 2012. KaBOOM! selected Brentwood for its outstanding dedication to play as seen through the City's and local school districts' commitment to joint use agreements, which have been in place for over 30 years. This mutually-beneficial partnership provides students with access to a variety of recreation programs and the schools are able to share gymnasiums and pools. In fact, the city intentionally established parks near schools to offer additional play spaces.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, play is critical to healthy brain development. It allows children to use their creativity while simultaneously developing imagination, dexterity and physical, cognitive and emotional strength. Yet today's children spend less time playing outside than any previous generation in part because only 1-in-5 live within walking distance of a park or playground. The resulting play deficit is having profound consequences for kids physically, socially and academically.
With 58 parks within nearly 12 square miles, there is no deficit in play spaces in Brentwood! A handful of parks will be featured in the Playport to Fun program this summer, including the newly revamped City Park, Mallard Park, Black Gold Park and Rainbow's End Park. The Playport to Fun program encourages residents to visit these parks throughout the summer and try out unique and family-friendly games, recipes and activities, which are all available online at www.brentwoodca/gov/recreation.
Brentwood will celebrate their playful status by hosting the fifth annual Play Day at City Park on August 17th. Residents of all ages are invited to come out to enjoy old fashioned games, children's concert and other fun activities. More details coming soon so check back!
This feature article was posted in May 2012 so it may be outdated after sometime. EverythingBrentwood.com thanks Barbie Gary for this wonderful article! Barbie Gary is a Recreation Supervisor at the Parks and Recreation Department at the City of Brentwood.