City earns Playful City USA designation

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KaBOOM! announced that Northglenn was designated as a Playful City USA. This is the seventh straight year for the honor, which goes to cities and towns committed to making it easy for kids to get balanced and active play.

To celebrate this accomplishment and promote recreation activities, city staff took to Wyco Park on May 14. They filled the air with bubbles and handed out recreation guides and bubble blowers to area children.

Northglenn was the first city in Colorado to earn this recognition, which goes out to more than 200 communities nationwide.

The city maintains 26 parks, offering features such as lakes, ponds, pedal boats, playing fields and courts, a skatepark and a dog park.

In 2013, all three parks in the Fox Run neighborhood received facelifts, while the Sensory Playground at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park underwent repairs.

In 2014, the city plans on relocating a playground from Village by the Park to nearby Northwest Open Space. The playground was originally acquired through a KaBOOM! grant, made possible by the city’s Playful City USA status.