Queen Creek recognized as a Playful City for second year

The town of Queen Creek is one of 257 communities to be designated as a 2016 Playful City USA, a program of KaBOOM! The national recognition program honors cities and towns for making their community more playable. The current designation marks the second consecutive year that the town has been recognized as a Playful City, according to a press release.

Last year the town received the designation for the addition of the Splash Pad and Pocket Park for Pups. The three items highlighted for this year’s recognition include the 2-mile expansion to the Queen Creek Wash trail – part of the town’s trail system – growing special events and partnerships that enhance recreation opportunities.

“There is so much value in kids being able to explore, laugh and be active,” Mayor Gail Barney said in the release. “As a town, we are committed to being a playful community and are proud to receive this designation. Play helps our youth develop social skills, have fun and enhance their imagination.”

Queen Creek is joining cities and towns across the nation that are creating innovative ways to bring back play and attract residents through family friendly activities.

“We are thrilled to recognize these communities that have invested their time and efforts to put kids first,” KaBOOM! CEO James Siegal said in the release. “Balanced and active play is crucial to the well-being of kids and the communities that they thrive in. By integrating play into cities, the leaders of Playful Cities USA are working to attract and retain the thousands of families that want homes in close proximity to safe places to play.”

Queen Creek is committed to maintaining a playful atmosphere by investing in parks and recreation. The town recently initiated an update to the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which was first approved in 2007. PLAN*et Communities will assist with the update by reviewing prior plans and engaging key stakeholders and the public.

The updated plan, which will be based on the previously approved plan, will include a list of current inventory, an analysis on recreation trends, implementation steps, including prioritizing projects, possible funding methods and timelines for building new parks and programs. The public participation process to gather resident input will begin this summer.

For additional information about the recreation opportunities in Queen Creek visit the town’s website or call 480-358-3000.

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