Released on November 10, 2009 - 12:56pm
Jul 08

     City of Laurel Mayor Craig A. Moe
announced today that the City of Laurel has been recognized as a
Playful City USA communities in 2009. Mayor Moe stated,
“We take
play among our children quite seriously, which is why it gives me great
satisfaction to inform residents that thanks to the efforts of the
Laurel Elementary School PTA, in partnership with the City of Laurel,
national non-profit KaBOOM! recognized Laurel as one of 93 Playful City
USA communities in 2009 because of the recent rebuild of the school’s
playground. This program honors cities and towns across the country
like Laurel who is making a commitment to the importance of play and
the well-being of children.

     In Laurel, our leadership has taken important steps to ensure that
our children have access to quality places to play. The Laurel Parks
and Recreation Department and its Citizens Advisory Committee have
developed projects that will provide substantial open field space to
serve a variety of youth sports and athletic games. The City has also
purchased a private outdoor pool facility located in east Laurel and
three outdoor tennis courts that will be resurfaced and available for
use by the Laurel community. 

     Through the Playful City USA program, Laurel serves as a role
model to other communities across the country. Other cities and towns
will examine our initiatives and look to replicate them in their
communities. This recognition is a true honor and all Laurel residents
should take pride knowing that what we do right here is not only making
a difference for our children, but likely will benefit children across
the country.”

     Mayor Moe extends his appreciation to the Laurel Elementary School
PTA for their efforts and Laurel City Council for their support and
participation, as well as the Department of Public Works, the
Department of Parks and Recreation, City Staff members and all the
community volunteers for their participation in the playground build
project.

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