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Posted on: May 17, 2017

Fishers Honored as 2017 Playful City USA Community

City celebrates 9 years of putting the needs of kids and families first as part of Playful City USA program

FISHERS, IN – National non-profit KaBOOM! is honoring Fishers with a 2017 Playful City USA designation for the ninth time. Playful City USA honors cities and towns across the country for putting the needs of families first so kids can learn, grow and develop important life skills. These communities are transforming ordinary places into playful spaces and using play as a solution to the challenges facing their residents.

The 2017 Playful City USA recognition includes 258 communities across the United States. The City of Fishers is the only municipality in Hamilton County to be nominated this year, and the city is excited to continue its work to provide exceptional playful spaces for the area.

Fishers Parks and Recreation is striving to incorporate play into a way of life for local children and families. From the new Second Nature program that integrates nature exploration into everyday life to the city’s innovative parks and multi-use trails, the City of Fishers recognizes the importance of play in the development of healthy communities.

“We are ecstatic to be nominated as Playful City USA for the 9th year in a row. Fishers is proud to provide an innovative way for children and families to unplug and play in our vibrant community” said Tony Elliot, Director of Fishers Parks and Recreation.

“We are thrilled to recognize Fishers for putting kids first,” said KaBOOM! CEO James Siegal. “The well-being of our communities starts with the well-being of our kids, and play is critical for them to thrive. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that all kids get the childhood they deserve filled with play.”

To learn more about the Fishers Parks and Recreation, please visit their website. A full list of Playful City USA communities is available at kaboom.org/playfulcityusa.

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About Fishers
The City of Fishers is a suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana, located in Hamilton County. Under the leadership of Mayor Scott Fadness, Fishers is known as a smart, vibrant, and entrepreneurial city through its downtown development, dedication to supporting high-growth companies, and innovative city processes. With a population of 86,459, Fishers is one of the fastest growing communities in Indiana and has received national accolades for entrepreneurship, livability, and safety.

About KaBOOM!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids—particularly those growing up in poverty in America—the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,700 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.5 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. To learn more, visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.
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