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6/18/2015 - Hamilton is a “Playful City USA” for 7th Consecutive Year; One of Just 4 New Jersey Towns to Earn Honor in 2015

Hamilton is a “Playful City USA” for 7th Consecutive Year; 1 of Just 4 New Jersey Towns to Earn Honor in 2015


If you are looking for the most ‘playable, family-friendly’ communities across the nation, Hamilton Township continues to remain at the top of the list. 

For a seventh consecutive year, Hamilton Township was recognized as a 2015 “Playful City USA” Community through the Playful City USA program, which  honors communities across the nation for efforts making it easy for kids to “get the balanced and active play they need to thrive.”  

Only three other New Jersey towns – Lower Township, Rahway and South Orange – earned the designation for 2015. 

The national recognition program is sponsored by the Humana Foundation, in partnership with KaBOOM! – a national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. 

According to the program’s website, the Playful City USA looks for communities that: 

  • Demonstrate significant collaboration among nonprofit partners, foundations, municipal agencies, the business community, and local civic groups 
  • Exhibit Mayoral or local governmental leadership on the cause of play
  • Express the ability and commitment to use data to address inequality through infrastructure investment, policy change and programming 

“Our community continues to invest in our wonderful public parks, playgrounds and recreational facilities.  Not only has this commitment helped us retain the prominent ‘Playful City USA’ designation, but most importantly, it helps Hamilton Township remain a family-friendly community that offers our children with numerous opportunities to play,”   says Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly Yaede.  

“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.”