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Glendora Earns 'Playful City' Title for Second Year

The city is one of 213 cities across the nation to earn the recognition.

For the second consecutive year, Glendora’s community and recreation services, parks and events have earned the city the designation of “Playful City USA” from a nonprofit organization.

Glendora was one of 213 cities nationwide to earn the title from KaBOOM!, a national organization that promotes the creation of community spaces for children to play.

The Playful City USA recognition program honors cities and towns that are ensuring children in their communities are active and healthy, despite difficult budgetary decisions and recreation funding at its lowest levels in decades.

A primary goal of Playful City USA is to encourage cities and towns to share creative ideas, concepts and programs in an effort to increase play opportunities for children.

According to the city, this designation will open up many grant opportunities for Glendora.

 “We are honored to have been recognized again for our continuing commitment to play,” said Community Services Director La Shawn Butler. “We continually look for new ways to provide quality play opportunities for our youth such as the new play equipment at Finkbiner Park.”

Last year, totaling more than $11,000 as a result of being named a Playful City.

Glendora’s Community Services Department and Play Commission implemented an Adopt-a-Park program, improved play structures and sponsored a summer program at the Teen Center. The city’s first play day attracted over 2,000 people in attendance.

“This validates that Glendora is a wonderful place to play, work and live,” said Mayor Gene Murabito in a press statement.  

jr May 07, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Someone should check out what is going on at the Teen Center. It seems to me that there is little time for the youth to play basketball because the adults have the basketball court much of the time. I am guessing the reason is that the Adult Leagues pay.
Dwayne Hunn May 07, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Methinks that Rubelian Pharmer Michael Clarke Rubel has a lot to do with Glendora’s winning playphulness. For decades too-many-to-count students toured, as young tykes and grown-ups volunteered to work in MCR’s playful endeavor of building America’s largest castle of neighbors’ junk. Today, all of those mesmerized by MCR’s Castle have grown older and a few have even grown up. MCR planted his playful ideas so well that Glendora again wins “Most Playful City.” Learning about Glendora’s most playful grown-up kid, who helped Glendora win, is reason enough to pick up the book “Every Town Needs a Castle, Especially When Built of Recycle Junk” from the Glendora Historical Society book store, libraries, bookstores, on-line, the publisher, and/or the author. Congratulation Glendora! But you sure were lucky to have Michael Rubel homestead there.

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