National Recognition and National Grant Awarded for City of Orlando Outdoor Amenities
May 18, 2017 – ORLANDO, FL – The City of Orlando encourages residents to live a healthy, active lifestyle by providing and enhancing amenities for residents and visitors of all ages, ensuring Orlando is a City for everyone. Today the City is proud to announce a national recognition and national grant award that will help to further the City’s efforts in providing outdoor amenities and spaces for residents to enjoy.
Playful City USA Recognition
For the tenth year in a row the City of Orlando has been named a Playful City USA community.
Each year, the KaBOOM! Playful City USA program honors cities and towns across the nation for putting the needs of families first so kids can learn, grow and develop important life skills.
“Playgrounds are important for our communities and are critical to children’s cognitive, creative, social, emotional and physical development,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said. “We’re proud of our commitment to providing our youngest residents a diverse array of amenities to enhance their lives.”
The 52 playgrounds in City of Orlando parks and neighborhood centers are continually being updated and upgraded. In 2016 a new playground was installed at Matthews Park. This year look for new facilities at Malibu Groves Park and Gilbert McQueen Park and rejuvenated facilities at Poppy Park and Langford Park.
Grant Competition Brings New Fitness Trail to Bill Frederick Park
Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake is getting a new fitness trail as the recipient of a $20,000 grant as part of the “Meet Me At the Park” Campaign from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN.
The grant will pay for new outdoor fitness equipment along an accessible walking/biking trail that offers fitness opportunities to users of all abilities. It is one of 16 park improvement projects across the country selected to receive grant funding.
The fitness trail was one of three City park projects eligible for the grant, and Orlando residents were able to vote daily online in April for their favorite project.
“Orlando offers outdoor fitness opportunities in several parks, ensuring anyone can make exercise enjoyable in our beautiful outdoor environment,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “A handicapped-accessible outdoor exercise and fitness area within Bill Frederick Park helps further our goal of ensuring we are a city for everyone.”