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Albany is making play a priority

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Albany is making play a priority.

The city of Albany has been recognized for the second year in a row as a Playful City U.S.A. community.

151 cities earned recognition from national non-profit KaBOOM! for their efforts to increase play opportunities for children.

Only 1 in 5 children in the country lives within walking distance of a park or playground.

Today's kids spend less time playing outside than any previous generation.

Albany's Recreation and Parks Department is trying to change that.

"'Playful City USA' means that we have made a serious commitment to our parks and our playgrounds and our community. We want to make sure that the health initiative is here and positive and our community knows to come out and use their local assets," says Suzanne Davis, Recreation and Parks Director.

Davis says her goal is to get people out of their homes so they can experience nature.

Seven other Georgia cities were named Playful City U.S.A. communities.

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