Playful City USA
Fort Myers earns coveted designation, thinking outside the box
Fort Myers is a “Playful City USA” kind of town. The award is given annually by a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that has raised millions to build playgrounds in American cities. That nonprofit, KaBOOM!, was started when its founder learned that children in a D.C. neighborhood had perished playing in an abandoned car. The agency in 20 years has helped build some 2,000 playgrounds. The Playful City USA tag is given to towns such as Fort Myers that think outside the box, bringing activities to challenged neighborhoods; movies in the park, green-space events co-sponsored by police and fire agencies, for instance, part of the city’s $1.6 million annual recreation budget. Fort Myers, the only city in Southwest Florida picked for the recognition, has earned five designations as Playful City USA. Some 260 American cities receive the award.
Fort Myers brings recreation to city parks and green spaces, earning it a coveted award given by a Washington, D. C., nonprofit.