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5/15/2013 - Hamilton Township Recognized as a 2013 "Playful City USA" Community; Hamilton is Only New Jersey Town to Earn Honor in 2013

 

Hamilton Township Recognized as a 2013

“Playful City USA” Community

 Hamilton is Only New Jersey Town to Earn Honor in 2013

As Community Becomes a Five Time Award Receipt

 

Hamilton Township recently earned a distinction that no other city or town across the state of New Jersey can boast of this year from a national non-profit organization dedicated to giving children opportunities to play.

 

Citing Hamilton’s “outstanding dedication to play” and the community’s agenda focusing on “providing parks, open spaces and playground areas within walking distances of those not already served by other township parks or school playgrounds”, the non-profit organization, KaBoom!, has named Hamilton Township a 2013 “Playful City USA” Community.  As such, Hamilton becomes the only New Jersey town to receive the honor this year.

This marks the 5th time that Hamilton Township has earned the “Playful City USA” designation.  Hamilton joins 216 other communities across the nation to receive the honor this year, which includes cities such as Providence, RI; Fort Lauderdale, FL; San Antonio, TX; San Francisco, CA; Milwaukee, WI, Chicago, Il; Tuscan, AZ; and Orlando, FL.

“To be the only town in the state of New Jersey recognized for our commitment to providing opportunities for our youth to play speaks volumes about our community’s continued reinvestment in our parks, playgrounds and recreational areas,” said Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly A. Yaede.  “Our wonderful parks and playgrounds are some of the many things that continue to make Hamilton a special community and a great place for our children to be raised.”

 

By receiving the “Playful City USA” designation, Hamilton Township is now eligible for grants of between $15,000 and $30,000 through the “Let’s Play” program – a community partnership led by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group to encourage kids and families across the nation to be active.

Hamilton’s “Playful City USA” designation follows its recognition earlier this spring by the Arbor Day Foundation as a “Tree City USA” for its commitment to effective urban forest management.  It was the 7th time that Hamilton Township received the honor.

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