Providence Recognized as a "Playful City USA" for Third Consecutive Year
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Providence Recognized as a "Playful City USA" for Third Consecutive Year

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Playful Providence events held from June through October to engage children and families.

Providence has earned recognition from the national nonprofit KaBOOM! as a 2014 Playful City USA community for its programs that provide children with innovative opportunities for play. Providence was previously honored with the designation in 2012 and 2013.

"Providence has once again been recognized for our innovative work to support healthy play for children," said Mayor Angel Taveras. "This summer the City is piloting new opportunities for Providence children to engage in imaginative play to help them grow up healthy and stay on a track to lifelong success."

For the second consecutive year, representatives from Providence have been invited to attend the Playful City Leaders' Summit to develop innovative play-based solutions to challenges in the community. Representatives of the Providence Department of Parks and Recreation, Healthy Communities Office, Providence Children's Museum, Partnership for Providence Parks and other community organizations will travel to Chicago, IL this fall to participate in the summit.

In celebration of Providence's status as a Playful City the City has launched the third annual Playful Providence, a creative citywide celebration of play.

Playful Providence events are held from June through October to engage children and families across Providence in play and draw attention to the important role that the Partnership for Providence Parks and volunteer parks groups have in creating great environments to play. This year's Playful Providence Kick Off event in June drew more than 500 visitors to Roger Williams Park.

As part of Playful Providence, the Partnership for Providence Parks has partnered with the Providence Children's Museum and the City of Providence's Department of Parks and Recreation and Healthy Communities Office to launch PlayCorps this summer, a pilot program to activate Providence parks with play, art and creative exploration, in conjunction with the summer meals program.

Teams of play facilitators are stationed in five Providence parks to coordinate free play-based activities on weekdays between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. from June 30 to August 15. PlayCorps teams are located in Bucklin Park, Father Lennon/Camden Street Park, General Street Park, Harriet and Sayles Park, and Zuccolo/Pastore Park.

In addition to the PlayCorps, the Providence Children's Museum in conjunction with the City's Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative is sponsoring Play at the Parks events throughout the summer. Playful Providence culminates in October with the Color Run to help raise funds for the Partnership for Providence Parks and Playful Providence.

Playful Providence events are sponsored by the City of Providence, the Partnership for Providence Parks and the Providence Children's Museum.

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