Mayor Celebrates City Being Named “Playful City USA” for Fifth Time

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Mayor Tom Henry is celebrating the City being named “Playful City USA” for the fifth time.


The achievement recognizes Fort Wayne’s efforts to make it easier for children to get balanced and active play in their daily lives. Fort Wayne is the largest city in Indiana to achieve the “Playful City USA” designation with only four Hoosier cities qualifying.


“We continue to see unprecedented positive momentum in our City,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “Having an excellent quality of life in our community is a direct result of the world-class parks system that we enjoy in Fort Wayne. We’re honored to be named a Playful City USA as we lead the way in providing exercise and recreational opportunities for children and families.”


 Nationwide, 212 cities were named a 2014 Playful City USA Community by the non-profit organization, KaBOOM!


“This year we’ve focused on creating our first indoor accessible playground at the McMillen Park Community Center,” said Director Al Moll. “The working group continues to grow as it makes great strides with its mission, and includes Parks & Recreation staff, Turnstone, the YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, McMillen Center for Health Education, FWCS, the Fort Wayne Volunteer Center and community play advocates. We appreciate the input from all of our partners!”


KaBOOM! Play Days are held each summer at various locations and welcome families to come out for food, fun and games. This year they are:



June 7, 11am – 4 pm, McMillen Park Community Center


July 9, 5 – 7 pm, Hamilton <st1:placetype w_st=”on”>Park


August 1, 3 – 5 pm, Memorial Park