Another Hat Tip to Decatur Metro. Here is a link to the Playborhood website, and their interesting mission:

Free, unstructured play (or what we refer to as simply “play”) has virtually vanished from the lives of most children in America. We are committed to doing whatever we can to bring it back for our children and yours.”

Here’s an accompanying newspaper article:

“From landscape to playscape”

American children spend an average of less than half an hour a week in unstructured outdoor play, according to a 1999 study by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. A 2005 Kaiser Family Foundation study found that children between 8 and 18 years old spend an average of nearly six hours a day with electronic media, be it TV, video games or computers.

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