Gables again designated as a ‘Playful City USA’

Youngsters get exercise by playing flag football.

The City of Coral Gables has earned a recognition, for the fourth consecutive time, as a “Playful City USA” community for its efforts to increase play opportunities for children. The award was presented by KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving playtime.

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 one in five live within walking distance of a park or playground. The resulting play deficit is having profound consequences for kids physically, socially and academically.

The City of Coral Gables is doing its part to keep children active through its outstanding dedication to play. Coral Gables began the Neighborhood Renaissance Program to perform significant capital improvement projects across the city. It will feature the development, renovation and acquisition of different park and recreational facilities. The increased quantity and quality of play spaces will improve access and opportunities for kids to play.

Coral Gables is one of 213 cities chosen throughout the nation as 2012 Playful City USA communities.

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