Transforming Everyday Spaces into Places for Play

April 2016

People don't just want great parks and playgrounds; they want a complete reimagining of what urban spaces and places look like — from sidewalks and bus stops to health clinics and laundromats. Balanced and active play should be an easy choice for families, with abundant opportunities for play readily available throughout the normal routines of the day.

Unfortunately, getting enough play time can be especially difficult for children growing up in economically challenged communities. Playability, the extent to which a city makes it easy for all kids to get balanced and active play, is one way to address this.

Through initiatives like PLAY 60, Play On and the Playful City USA program, KaBOOM! is encouraging communities to devise creative and easy ways for kids and families to participate in playful behavior while walking to parks, schools, play spaces, and other destinations. This presentation showed examples of projects that create opportunities for kids to play along the way and make city streets more complete, communities more equitable, and kids and families healthier.

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Naudy Martinez

Naudy Martinez, KaBOOM! grants manger, has worked with hundreds of organizations nationwide to customize and transform play spaces that reflect the vision of the community. She manages the nation's largest grant program designed to inspire Build it Yourself community-led playground projects using KaBOOM!'s vast array of tools and practices. Martinez brings prior experience as a project manager, leading community playground construction projects across North America and has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Maryland, College Park. Before KaBOOM!, she completed an AmeriCorps VISTA service year at an affordable housing nonprofit where she worked as a neighborhood coordinator supporting revitalization projects along with community outreach and development.