Mercer Island is a great place to live and, as it turns out, a terrific place to play.
KaBoom, a national non-profit group committed to helping promote play through the building of playgrounds, honored Mercer Island, along with 93 other cities, with a spot on their Playful City 2009 list.
Each year, KaBoom creates a list of cities committed to promote play for children in their communities. Playful City USA built a specific agenda for increasing play in a community, and cities honored on their list meet the qualifications outlined on the Playful City webpage.
32 of the cities honored by Playful City USA, including Mercer Island, were honored in 2008 as well. One of the actions by Mercer Island that helped the city secure the repeated honor is the creation of the Destination Recreation program by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Two important goals of Destination Recreation: bringing an Adventure Playground to the island community and refining its outdoor recreation program.
Children who’d like to be Destination Recreation Explorers can pick up their “passport to recreation” at either the Community Center or Luther Burbank Parks & Recreation Office. By participating in events, classes and activities, plus visiting recreation areas, Explorers can enter a drawing to win a $500 travel package.
Congratulations Mercer Island for being a Playful City!