Commerce City wins sixth consecutive ‘Playful Cities USA’ award

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COMMERCE CITY — Make that six straight years for Commerce City when it comes to being recognized for working to add fun to the lives of local children.

On May 20, KaBOOM!, in partnership with the Humana Foundation, announced Commerce City as one of  212 cities and towns across the country  recognized as a 2014 Playful City USA honoree.

“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 a news release about the Playful City USA recognition.

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.

This is Commerce City’s sixth time being recognized.

“Our community continues to demonstrate the true spirit of a playful city for all generations,” said Karen O’Donnell, Commerce City recreation manager. “We have the nation’s largest urban wildlife refuge, 25 miles of trails, a championship golf course, one of the country’s largest soccer complexes, and 700 acres of open space and parks. Our new voter-approved capital program will only expand play opportunities well into the future, with new parks, recreation center and outdoor pool.”

KaBOOM! selected Commerce City for its outstanding dedication to play, based on its new voter-approved capital programs. The city’s parks and recreation department provides staff for program planning, facilitation and evaluation of the enrichment programs.

“With the tremendous support of our friends at Humana Foundation, we are thrilled to recognize all of these communities that are working to ensure all kids, particularly the 16 million that live in poverty, get the play they need to thrive,” says KaBOOM! CEO and Founder Darell Hammond.