ERIC Number: EJ948314
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
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Prioritizing Play and Becoming the Best Place on Earth to Be a Kid
Mediate, Heather N.
Exceptional Parent, v41 n6 p18-20 Jun 2011
The city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, doesn't need national accolades to prove that it is a great place to live, work, and raise families, but it has them. In 2010, "Parents Magazine" ranked Pittsburgh fourth among the top 100 cities for raising babies and Forbes.com ranked the Pittsburgh metropolitan area the number one most livable city. But it's not really about Pittsburgh; it's about children. In Southwestern Pennsylvania there is a commitment to turning the region into one of the best places on earth to be a kid. This vision is being realized through a sustained effort to promote the importance of play and to support the continuous creation of safe, inclusive, meaningful play experiences. Play is important and it is important for every child, regardless of age, background, or ability. It's just that simple. In the past two years, six universally accessible playgrounds have opened in Allegheny County parks, including Boyce Park, North Park, South Park, White Oak Park, Harrison Hills Park, and Settler's Cabin Park. These playgrounds were funded by a combination of sources, including a GameTime Childhood Obesity Grant, a grant from the Regional Asset District, and monies from the capital budget. By allowing all children and families the opportunity to play together, these playgrounds are creating stronger communities and healthier children.
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