Oldsmar designated a 2017 Playful City USA

The City of Oldsmar was recognized as a Playful City USA by national nonprofit KaBOOM! for the eighth time in 2017. (Credit: City of Oldsmar)

It’s no secret that Oldsmar is committed to parks and recreation, evidenced by its 10 parks and more than 10 miles of trails and the numerous sports and activities available to children of all ages.

Recently, national nonprofit KaBOOM! honored Oldsmar with a 2017 Playful City USA designation, the eighth time the city has received the honor, which recognizes cities and towns across the country for “putting the needs of families first so kids can learn, grow and develop important life skills.”

This year, KaBOOM! recognized 258 communities that make it as easy as possible for kids to play, and the fact that Oldsmar was once again among those select communities was not lost on city officials.

“Oldsmar is honored to once again be recognized with a Playful City USA designation,” Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis said in a press release announcing the honor. “Our City continues to have a strong commitment to providing our young residents opportunities to get out and play.”

“Outdoor educational programs, camps and many other programs are offered to kids of all ages. Plus, our 10 parks are full of playgrounds and trails to help them explore the outdoors and play to their hearts content.”

Oldsmar’s BMX Supercross track is drawing local riders of all ages.

Oldsmar’s dedication to its park system and recreational activities can be found all over town.

The year-old zipline adventure park at Mobbly Bayou Preserve, the newly remodeled BMX Supercross track that is drawing not just international riders but local kids, also, and the city’s plans to upgrade Sheffield Park and to turn Canal Park into a world-class sports complex are just a few examples of Oldsmar’s commitment to providing a wide variety of options for kids looking to participate in outdoor activities.

“Access to play and recreation is more important now than ever,” Oldsmar Leisure Services Director Felicia Donnelly told Oldsmar Connect. “Play gives our children and adults much needed physical activity, and helps with important skills such as teamwork and sharing.”

“This designation demonstrates that recreation and play matter to and is valued by the City of Oldsmar residents.”

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