Playful City USA

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Maple Valley was honored with a Playful City USA designation for the 1st time in 2016. The national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable.  Playful City USA is a national recognition program that honors cities and towns across the country for taking bold steps that make it easy for all kids to get the balanced and active play they need to thrive. These communities are recognized for their efforts to create more playable, family-friendly cities.

Through policy changes, programs, and infrastructure investments, Playful City USA communities are driving a deeper understanding of the importance of play and engaging their citizens to re-imagine cities with kids in mind. The City of Maple Valley encourages all citizens to join in the "Playful" movement by engaging in outdoor play.

Parks & Recreation Department will promote outdoor play through the following:
• Kids Bike Challenge and Safety Rodeo
• Lake Wilderness Summer Beach Opens: swimming, boating, park play
• Kids Festival
• Camp Wild Summer Day Camp/Sports Camps
• Music in Park series and Family Movie Night in the Park

To learn more about these cities, see the full list of the 257 communities named 2016 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.  

Press Release [PDF]