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Brentwood Recognized for Prioritizing Play

By Barbie Gary



The City of Brentwood is thrilled to be designated a Playful City for the seventh consecutive year! This spring, KaBOOM!, in partnership with the Humana Foundation, announced 212 cities and towns across the United States as 2014 Playful City USA honorees. These communities are leaders in playability – the extent to which a city makes it easy for kids to get balanced and active play – and are making play part of the solution that can move the needle on countless urban challenges.



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 over 60 parks within nearly 12 square miles, there is no deficit in play spaces in Brentwood, one of the  many reasons Brentwood has been recognized again in 2014.


Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor commented, "Through the Playful City USA program, other communities across the country will now look to Brentwood as a role model. These cities and towns will examine our best practices and look to replicate them in their communities. I take a tremendous amount of pride in knowing that what we’re doing here in Brentwood will improve the lives of not only our children, but children elsewhere as well."


The KaBOOM! Playful City USA program, sponsored by the Humana Foundation, honors cities, towns and communities across America that are taking bold steps to ensure that all children, especially the 16 million American kids living in poverty, have easy access to balanced and active play in their communities. Cities being recognized span every region of the country, and include Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Nashville; Austin; Providence; San Francisco; New York City; and 205 others.


Brentwood will celebrate their playful status by hosting the seventh annual Play Day at City Park on August 22nd. Residents of all ages are invited to come out to enjoy a free children’s concert by the Alphabet Rockers, a special animated visit from Jungle Joe and other fun activities.













This feature article was posted in August 2014 so it may be outdated after sometime. thanks Barbie Gary for this wonderful article! Barbie Gary is a Recreation Supervisor at the Parks and Recreation Department at the City of Brentwood.