For the ninth year in a row, the City of Casa Grande is honored to receive the designation as a Playful City USA from national non-profit KaBOOM! 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.

Casa Grande joins 258 other  communities across the nation in being recognized as a city that makes it as easy as possible for kids to play. In total, these communities feature more than 14,000 safe and engaging playspaces that serve more than four million kids.

The City of Casa Grande was able to obtain this designation through its efforts in providing recreation or play opportunities that meet KaBoom’s community focused criteria.

Specific programs and projects that qualified for this recognition include the city’s free Len Colla After School Program, its numerous community events hosted throughout the year at various locations, its partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of the Casa Grande Valley to provide free after school teen activities at the Vista Grande High School, and the updated Carr McNatt Master Plan project that will provide increased recreational opportunities at an existing site.

“I’m extremely proud to see Casa Grande continue to receive this important recognition,” said Mayor Craig McFarland. “Play is critical for the well-being of our community’s children, and it is important for city leaders and residents to continue to create great, safe places for kids to thrive. It is my hope that our residents are as proud of this as I am and will continue to take advantage of all that Casa Grande has to offer.”

For more information about the Playful City USA designation, or the many opportunities for play in Casa Grande, visit the city’s Facebook and Twitter pages, or contact the Recreation Division at (520) 421-8677.