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Keyser is a city in and the county seat of Mineral County, West Virginia, United States. It is part of the ‘Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area’. The population was 5,303 at the 2000 census. Keyser is styled as the “Friendliest City in the U.S.A.”.
City of Keyser granted 2012 Playful City USA status
Prioritizing Play for Children: Non-Profit Organization KaBOOM!
Names Keyser Among 213 “Playful City USA” Communities
- Communities Recognized for Fighting Play Deficit by Implementing Pro-Play Policies –
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today’s children spend less time playing outside than any previous generation, but 213 cities and towns, including Keyser, earned recognition from national non-profit KaBOOM! as 2012 Playful City USA communities for their efforts to increase play opportunities for children.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, play is critical to healthy brain development. It allows children to use their creativity while simultaneously developing imagination, dexterity and physical, cognitive and emotional strength. Yet today’s children spend less time playing outside than any previous generation in part because only 1-in-5 live within walking distance of a park or playground. The resulting play deficit is having profound consequences for kids physically, socially and academically.
Presented by The Humana Foundation, Playful City USA is a national program advocating for local policies that increase play opportunities for children and is a key platform in combating the play deficit.
KaBOOM!, the national non-profit organization dedicated to saving play, created Playful City USA in 2007 to help local governments address the play deficit and it is through mayors, city council members, parks and recreation departments, school districts and community leaders that the program succeeds in benefitting children.
“We are incredibly proud to have been named a 2012 Playful City USA recipient, one of only two in the state of West Virginia,” says Carisa Fazenbaker, Acting City Administrator for the City of Keyser. “We will continue to work toward increasing opportunities for our children and community as a whole to get outside, enjoy one another and play and grow together.”
Hailing from 41 states, the 213 Playful City USA honorees range in size from six-time honorees such as Orlando and Phoenix to first-time recipient Independence, Oregon (population: 9,607). These Playful City USA communities are making a commitment to play and physical activity by developing unique local action plans to increase the quantity and quality of play in their community.
“Some of the most innovative concepts and cost-effective programs are being developed in Playful City USA communities,” says Darell Hammond, Founder and CEO of KaBOOM! and author of The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play. “Cities like Keyser are key allies in the fight to combat the play deficit and serve as outstanding role models for government and community leaders across the country.”
In the sixth year of the annual program, 19 Playful City USA communities received recognition for the sixth consecutive year, while 24 earned honors for the fifth time, 27 for the fourth time, 29 for the third time, 45 for the second time and 69 claimed their first Playful City USA designation.
For the fifth consecutive year, Florida paced the nation with 29 Playful City USA communities. California earned second-place with 24 communities, while Texas finished third with 14 Playful City USA communities.
Each of the 2012 Playful City USA communities demonstrated creative commitments to addressing the play deficit. Playful City USA celebrates and highlights these unique initiatives developed by communities across the country. A primary goal of Playful City USA is to encourage cities and towns to share ideas, concepts and programs in an effort to increase play opportunities for children.
KaBOOM! also selected Keyser for its outstanding dedication to play. Keyser's City Council recently voted to approve the adoption of an Adopt-a-Park program for all playspaces within city limits. An official program will allow the city to better recognize and utilize volunteers. In addition, Keyser has a joint use agreement with public schools for use of facilities.
The 213 Playful City USA communities are now eligible for $15,000, $20,000 and $30,000 grants via Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group, to get kids and families active nationwide. Grant recipients will be announced on June 4, 2012.
For more information on the KaBOOM! Playful City USA program, including Let’s Play grants and applications for 2013, visit www.playfulcityusa.org.Read More
What is a Rain Garden?
One of the "Green Projects" that the city would like to undertake is construction of a Rain Garden Park under the new Memorial Bridge once it reaches completion. For more information on Rain Gardens follow the link below and let us know what you think.Read More
Plans for the South End Pool
Currently we would like to see a "Spray Ground" or "Splash Pad" installed at the South End Pool. This would replace the existent wading pool. Click the link below to see what a Spray Ground is and then let us know what you think. We would love to hear from you.Read More
Mayor Meets with Legislators for Lobby Day
Mayor Amtower met with Senator Bob Williams, Senator Dave Sypolt, Delegate Allen Evans and Delegate Gary Howell on Monday, January 30 during Lobby Day at the Capital. The Mayor spoke with legislators about numberous topics including the possibility of a Rain Garden Park for under the new Memorial Bridge, funding for the South End Park, the possibility of a new athletic complex, an evacuation route for the north end and new legislation for non-moving violations. Select the link below to view the presentation presented to the legislators. In addition to the presentation were numerous photographs of north end flooding and functioning Rain Gardens found in Phoenix, Arizona.
Mineral & Center Street Closure
As of January 2, 2012, Mineral Street and Center Street will be closed during construction. Please refer to the map for Detour plans.Read More