City of Decatur Honored as 2017 Playful City USA Community

 The National non-profit KaBOOM! is honoring the City of Decatur with a 2017 Playful City USA designation.

The city continues to offer various safe and engaging playspaces within the parks and greenspaces. They took it a step further with a creative approach to turn a vacant area into an opportunity for play. “I can’t think of a better designation for the City of Decatur!  Using public art, parks, playgrounds and spaces such as our new MARTA mural and KaBOOM! playspace, the city strives to offer a variety of places to stop, be playful, have fun and engage with friends and neighbors. We are proud to be a Playful City!” said Mayor Garrett.

Playful City USA honors cities and towns across the country for putting the needs of families first so kids can learn, grow and develop important life skills. These communities are transforming ordinary places into playful spaces and using play as a solution to the challenges facing their residents.

“We are thrilled to recognize City of Decatur for putting kids first,” said KaBOOM! CEO James Siegal. “The well-being of our communities starts with the well-being of our kids, and play is critical for them to thrive. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that all kids get the childhood they deserve filled with play.”

To see the full list of Playful City USA communities and to learn more about making play the easy choice for kids, visit You can also take part in the conversation with leaders across the country using #PLAYceforkids on Twitter and Facebook.

We encourage our community to post photos of themselves and their families at play. Post your photos on the Decatur Active Living Facebook page and tag #playdecatur.



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