Missoula Montana Named One of the Most Playful Cities in America!
In a time when 82 percent of parents believe children don't spend enough time playing outside, KaBOOM! a national non-profit dedicated to bringing play back into children's lives, named them its most Playful City USA communities recently, Missoula Montana made that list!
Each of the 2009 Playful City USA communities demonstrated creative commitments to the cause of play in the areas of quantity, quality and access.
Making playspaces accessible to all citizens in Missoula is a priority for the Parks and Recreation department. The department will establish new connector sidewalks that will connect low and moderate income housing, schools, the YMCA, and a community park.
The department is also developing a new Finder Map for the citizens of Missoula that will show users where to find playspaces, -Got Nature‖ spaces and -Daily Dose‖ areas. The Finder Map will host information about the location of and access to trailheads, bus connections, trails, parks, wellness sites, and other great places to visit and play throughout Missoula and is expected to be completed by May 2010.
For more information on the Playful Cities Award, read the Press Release.