For Immediate Release
June 6, 2017
Contact: Nicole Singletary
9 Years In A Row
Miami Lakes, FL - The Town of Miami Lakes has once again been recognized as a Playful City USA community for the 9th year in row! Playful City USA communities are acknowledged for making a commitment to play and physical activity by developing unique local action plans to increase the quantity and quality of play in their community.
"It is an honor for our community to once again receive this special recognition," stated Mayor Cid. "We pride ourselves in ensuring that there is access to playgrounds and activities for all ages in an inclusive manner”.
This year’s application featured the Town’s new Youth Center, nicknamed “The Spot,” which opened in November 2015. The Spot, located close to the local middle schools and high school schools, offers a variety of quality innovative programs in areas such as arts, culture, education, health and wellness, recreation, and skill development. By focusing on the “play” aspect of the youth center through the open hang theme nights and fun field trips, the Town has seen an increase in participation.
But it’s not just fun and games; the Youth Center aims to positively influence its participants in many aspects of their lives. In hopes to create more well-rounded youth, the Youth Center hosts seminars designed to educate our youth in everyday activities such as banking, budgeting, nutrition, and job preparation skills like how to write a successful resume. In addition, a Youth Council, comprised of middle and high school students, was created to make decisions on programming and workshops; thus providing additional opportunities to assume leadership roles while building valuable skills for their future.
The Town of Miami Lakes was commended for their efforts in providing youth with ample opportunities for play. Playful City USA, KaBOOM! highlights these unique initiatives developed by communities across the country. Playful City USA is a national program from KaBOOM! that celebrates and promotes local policies that increase play opportunities for children.
The Town offers a variety of programs for all ages and skill levels, for more information on the Town’s programming, please visit www.miamilakes-fl.gov/recprograms or contact firstname.lastname@example.org