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Welcome to the 2017 Playful City USA application!

The 2017 application period will close April 7th 2017.

What is Playful City USA?

Playful City USA is a recognition program honoring cities and towns that ensure that kids in their communities, particularly kids from low-income families, get the balanced and active play they need to thrive.

Through policy changes, programs, and infrastructure investments, participating Playful City USA communities and their partners are driving a deeper understanding of the importance of play and engaging their citizens to reimagine cities with kids in mind.

Benefits of Playful City USA designation

National recognition
Your city will benefit from increased stature and competitive advantage because of your recognized commitment to improving the lives of kids and families. Several of our cities have leveraged their Playful City USA recognition in competitions for grants and other funding opportunities.

Playability engagement series
Access to webinars, newsletters, and networking events that give your communities the tools to continue to evolve as playful cities.

Marketing kit
You'll receive a marketing kit including press releases, a social media plan, and marketing materials to support your national recognition and increase awareness of your participation in Playful City USA.

Policy map
You will have access to Policy Map, an online tool that can be used in conjunction with KaBOOM! playspace mapping data.

Road signs
We'll send you two highway road signs to showcase your recognition to residents and visitors.


New to Playful City USA?  Watch our webinar to get an introduction to Playful City USA, its benefits to your community, and a review for the 2017 application requirements. Watch it here.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or want to learn more, please do not hesitate to reach out to [email protected] or (202) 464-6164.