Brentwood Earns Playful City Honor
By Barbie Gary
With research proving play is critical to the overall well-being of children, 217 cities and towns, including Brentwood, earned recognition from national non-profit KaBOOM! as 2013 Playful City USA communities for their efforts to give children the childhood they deserve by providing ample opportunities for play.
Today’s generation of children play less than any previous generation despite the vast benefits of play. The Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics reports that play is essential to the social, emotional, cognitive and physical well-being of children.
Playful City USA is a national program from KaBOOM! that celebrates and promotes local policies that increase play opportunities for children and is a key platform in combating the lack of play among children. KaBOOM!, the national non-profit organization dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most, created Playful City USA in 2007 to help local governments address the lack of play and it is through mayors, city council members, parks and recreation departments, school districts and community leaders that the program succeeds in benefitting children.
Brentwood has invested in joint use agreements as a means to open access to playgrounds and playspaces with nine of the 10 schools in the Brentwood Unified School District having a park located directly adjacent to the school campus. The city intentionally established parks near these schools to promote play and offer the schools additional play areas. 2013 marks the sixth year that Brentwood has been designated a Playful City USA.
Brentwood will celebrate their playful status by hosting the sixth annual Play Day at City Park on August 16th. Residents of all ages are invited to come out to enjoy old fashioned games, children’s concert by the Hipwaders and other fun activities. More details coming soon so check back!
This feature article was posted in June 2013 so it may be outdated after sometime.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.