Friday, July 24, 2009
Its Fun City
Our roads suck, our streets are dark, we have a lot of crime, a good portion of the town floods when we get major storms. our home values have plummeted 40% in two years and over 10% of the homes in Palm Bay are in foreclosure, and the City is broke but hey......... Palm Bay has been named as Playful City USA.
KaBOOM! Named Palm Bay one of 93 communities a “Playful City USA
Wow what a freaking honor that has been bestowed upon us. Just who the hell is KaBOOM. I swear I thought it was a spray cleaner that the late Television pitchman Billy Mays was hawking on infomercials.
Turns out KaBoom is a nonprofit organization whose vision is a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Rather lofty goal but how far is walking distance here in Palm Bay.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit that empowers communities to build playgrounds.
They passionately believe that play has purpose, and that unstructured play in particular helps make children happier, fitter, smarter, more socially adept and creative. Ok we are honored we made the cut and joined 93 other communities in 33 states in the Country that made the list. For Us it was the second year in a row we made it. I don't know about you but I am beaming with pride. I did not see any Beach side communities make the list nor did I see any cities at all from Brevard County on that list of 93. And they are always putting down Palm Bay. Didn't anyone tell them All they need to do is apply? And meet these requirements:Communities become Playful City USA communities by meeting five commitments.
1.Create a local play commission task force
2.Design an annual action plan for play
3.Conduct a playspace audit of all publicly accessible play areas
4.Identify current spending on capital projects and maintenance of playspaces
5.Proclaim and celebrate an annual "KaBOOM! Play Day"
Attention citizens: Get started in getting your community recognized by forming a play committee!
So maybe Palm Bay does not suck too much Today Because We are a Playful City USA and that's an honor no one else in Brevard County can claim! We are Palm Bay!