Elk Grove Village Recognized as 2015 Playful City USA Community

  • Residents play at Fountain Park

    Residents play at Fountain Park

Bernice Mirrilees
Updated 6/25/2015 9:37 AM

Elk Grove Village has been honored with a 2015 Playful City USA designation for the first time. The national recognition program honors 241 cities and towns across the country for making their communities more playable. There were only three cities chosen from Illinois: Elk Grove Village, Chicago and Waterloo.

Elk Grove Village and the Elk Grove Park District work toward a desirable and healthy community of recreation and play for all residents. By providing a wide range of activities and a variety of venues, every child in the community has access to free recreation.


"The commitment and cooperation of the Village, the Park District, the local school districts and our civic organizations helps to keep our community a desirable and healthy place to live," said Mayor Craig B. Johnson.

"Playability is crucial to the success of our future communities, and we are proud of the work these cities and leaders are doing to provide a better quality of life for all residents, and especially families," says KaBOOM! President, James Siegal. "Play provides a competitive advantage for cities looking to attract and retain residents. With these esteemed leaders, and our friends and partners across the country, we continue to prioritize play for all kids."

To learn more about these cities, see the full list of the 241 communities named 2015 Playful City USA honorees, or to gather more information on the Playful City USA program, visit www.playfulcityusa.org.

We also encourage you to take part in the conversation on #playability with these thought leaders on Twitter and Facebook.

About Elk Grove Village, Illinois

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Elk Grove Village is a community that is rich in cultural diversity and history, dating back to the 1840s. The Village's location and character make it a highly sustainable community that attracts residents and visitors alike. Celebrating its 60th year in 2016, Elk Grove Village enjoys a unique status as a planned community that provides for residential, commercial and industrial land uses as well as a well-integrated system of open space; projecting a distinct character and image that make it a highly livable and desirable community.

About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids -- particularly those growing up in poverty in America -- the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.1 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. To learn why #playmatters: visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.