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Congratulations to Raleigh, Durham and Creedmoor. These cities have earned recognition from national non-profit KaBOOM! as one of the 2013 Playful City USA communities. Each of the 2013 Playful City USA communities demonstrated creative commitments to addressing the lack of play among children. Playful City USA celebrates and highlights these unique initiatives developed by communities across the country.

Creedmoor is in the planning process of building a park that will follow the community playground build model, which engages residents in the planning and construction of playgrounds.

In 2012, Durham constructed one new playground and renovated three existing playgrounds. The city also spent the past year focusing on data collection and community input for the creation of a parks and recreation master plan. The plan will help the city for the next 10 years to renovate spaces, build new spaces and guide programming.

Raleigh uses a community oriented government to improve quality of life for citizens by relying on citizen input for programs, including mobile apps that allow residents to provide feedback on parks and facilities.

The Playful City USA communities are now eligible for $15,000, $20,000 and $30,000 grants via Let’s Play, a community partnership to get kids and families active nationwide. Grant recipients will be announced in the fall.

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