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Fort Wayne selected a playful city again

May 19th, 2016

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May 18, 2016

Fort Wayne selected a playful city again

News-Sentinel Staff Report

The City of Fort Wayne received a 2016 Playful City USA designation, the seventh year it has earned such recognition, the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department announced. The Playful City program, which which was created by the national nonprofit organization KaBOOM!, recognizes cities and towns nationwide for providing more opportunities for people to play.

Recent new efforts by the parks department included the introduction of FootGolf in April 2015 at McMillen Park Golf Course. The family-friendly game played by kicking a soccer ball into overly large golf holes also was featured last summer at Lunch-On-the-Square events through use of a portable FootGolf box, similar to a cornhole box.

This year, the parks department also bought two Ga Ga Pits, which put players in an octagonal pit for a one-ball version of dodge ball, the parks department said. Children attending McMillen Park Community Center’s after-school program already have tried out one Ga Ga Pit. The parks department also plans to use the Ga Ga Pits this summer at Lunch-On-the-Square and the Lifetime Sports Academy, the announcement said.