Mayor Craig A. Moe is pleased to announce that the City of Laurel has been awarded the 2012 Playful City USA award. This is the fourth consecutive Playful City USA award for the City of Laurel. Laurel is one of only 5 cities in Maryland and 213 cities nationwide to receive this award. The award is sponsored by the nationally recognized KaBoom organization which sponsors funding and playgrounds for communities, schools, and cities. Mayor Moe states, “KaBoom is a leader in preaching the message that play is an important part of the development of our youth and for the continued health of adults. I am proud that our city, communities, and schools joined together to promote the importance of play for all ages.” Mayor Moe is happy to say that as an example of our commitment, the City has recently replaced playgrounds at Snowden Park and Roland B. Sweitzer Community Park and is currently replacing the playground at Cypress Street Athletic Field and has partnered with Laurel Elementary School in assisting them to receive a grant for a Playground in a Box System.
The Playful City award requires a commitment to developing, maintaining, and supporting play activities city wide. This includes parks and recreation activities as well as programs with in the schools. For more information about Playful City USA, please visit their website at www.playfulcityusa.org.