The City of Alexandria was named one of 213 Playful City USA Communities by KaBOOM! for its efforts to increase play opportunities for children. Playful City USA, sponsored by the Humana Foundation, is a national program advocating for local policies that improve children’s play opportunities.
Alexandria was selected for its outstanding dedication to play. The Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network (A-COAN) launched the Project Play initiative this year to raise awareness about the importance of play, improve play environments for more than 6,000 Alexandria children, and ensure that every child has access to a quality playground.
As a Playful City USA community, Alexandria is now eligible for $20,000 in grants from Let’s Play, a community partnership led by the Dr., Pepper Snapple Group, to get children and families active nationwide. Grant recipients will be announced on June 4, 2012.