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Jun 26

Prioritizing Play: Fishers Earns 7th Playful City USA Designation

Posted on June 26, 2015 at 4:44 PM by Tiffany Holbert

By: Tony Elliot

In Fishers, traveling a few miles in any direction will almost certainly take you by a park, trail, or recreation building busy with programs or events.  As a community with more than 85,000 residents, including many young families, the City and its Parks Department recognize the importance of providing diverse and meaningful opportunities for play for all residents.
 
Last week, Fishers received its seventh consecutive designation as a Playful City USA. This recognition is awarded to cities that make it easy for all kids to get balanced and active play.  We are honored to be the only Hamilton County city to receive the 2015 designation, and we take pride in continuing efforts to offer all residents places and programs for family-friendly play throughout the year.

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Prioritizing play in our community means creating opportunities and unique options for recreation, fitness, and healthy lifestyles. Through a variety of programs and services provided by Parks & Recreation, our aim is utilize many of the amenities – trails, playgrounds, facilities, and more – in ways that add a layer of depth to encourage learning and exploration. Regular opportunities for recreating, whether through open play or through instructor-led programs, promote healthy and happy families and communities.  This summer, I encourage you to get out and explore the many opportunities available to you and your family to play together.

Holland Park has a new brand new playground and splash pad.  Brooks School Park is fit for kids of all abilities and features the United Way Born Learning Trail, which provides a unique learning experience along the perimeter path. Signs on the trail prompt walkers to ask questions that develop problem solving, awareness, listening and exploration skills. We continue to work throughout each year to increase connectivity throughout the community so that families can enjoy walking, jogging, longboarding, or bicycling. 

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Our online Fun Guide can help you find activities for children of all ages throughout the year. This summer we have many opportunities for the whole family to play together. Bring the family out to Mud Day on July 11 or sit by the campfire and roast s’mores on National S’mores Day on August 9. And of course, we hope you get out to at least a few concerts during the Summer Concert Series this summer at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater. My team and I spend a lot of time out in the community, and we are always thrilled to see residents engaging and enjoying all we have to offer through Fishers Parks. 

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We hope you gather your family as often as you can to get out and play in Fishers this summer!

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