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City of Akron Recognized as 2015 Playful City USA Community


241 Communities Exhibiting Playability to be Recognized as part of 2015 Playful City USA Program

City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of stephanie york
Published: 06-17-2015


            Akron Mayor Jeff Fusco has announced that the City of Akron is being honored with a 2015 Playful City USA designation for the first time. The national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable.

            The City of Akron and its many community partners have created opportunities for active play in our neighborhoods and during all seasons.  As many of our residents have found out, there are numerous no or low-cost programs, events, and playful venues throughout Akron, such as the new playground equipment at our Elementary Community Learning Centers, tennis courts and ball fields at our community centers, free outdoor summer concerts and ballet performances throughout our City, Fall Hiking Sprees in our Metro Parks, and many other activities sponsored by our Akron Summit County Public Library. 


            Summer at Downtown Akron’s Lock 3 features weekend concerts, Akron's biggest festivals and community events (complete with portable bouncy houses and rock climbing walls), a weekly farmers’ market, and hosts the City of Akron's official 4th of July fireworks display.

            Winter at Lock 3 begins with our the Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, fireworks, Ohio's largest seasonal outdoor ice skating rink, Reindeer Run sledding hill, Polar Putt-Putt, and our historical Archie the Snowman. First Night Akron events include several family fun activities including a life size light bright as one example of creative indoor play.

            “Akron has been mindful to engage in unique and fun projects to make our City playful,” noted Mayor Fusco.  “Through no and low cost interesting and interactive programs, we are trying to appeal to our residents of all ages, and to attract and retain residents.”

            “Playability is crucial to the success of our future communities, and we are proud of the work these cities and leaders are doing to provide a better quality of life for all residents, and especially families,” says KaBOOM! President, James Siegal. “Play provides a competitive advantage for cities looking to attract and retain residents. With these esteemed leaders, and our friends and partners across the country, we continue to prioritize play for all kids.”

            To see the full list of the 241 communities named 2015 Playful City USA honorees, or to gather more information on the Playful City USA program, visit We also encourage you to take part in the conversation on #playability with these thought leaders on Twitter and Facebook


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About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.1 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. To learn why #playmatters: visit or join the conversation at or




For further information, contact:
stephanie york
communications director
Phone: 330-375-2345
E-mail: [email protected]

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