OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKaBOOM!, in partnership with the Humana Foundation, has named the City of Allentown a Playful City USA community for the sixth consecutive year. Allentown is one of eight cities in Pennsylvania to be named a Playful City USA, and is one of 212 cities in the country to garner the distinction. Allentown is also one of only 22 communities in the country to be rewarded with the title for the sixth time.

“We are honored to be designated a Playful City USA community for the sixth consecutive year,” said Mayor Pawlowski. “We have put an emphasis on improving our recreational activities and facilities. I get a lot of positive comments from the public during my visits to city parks and playgrounds.”

The KaBOOM! Playful City USA program, sponsored by the Humana Foundation, honors cities, towns and communities across America that are taking bold steps to ensure that all children, especially the 16 million American kids living in poverty, have easy access to balanced and active play in their communities.

“With the tremendous support of our friends at Humana Foundation, we are thrilled to recognize all of these communities that are working to ensure all kids, particularly the 16 million that live in poverty, get the play they need to thrive,” says KaBOOM! CEO and Founder Darell Hammond.

John Mikowychok, Director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Allentown, expressed his pride at the nomination, as well as his determination to continue improving opportunities for children in Allentown. “We are overjoyed to be one of just eight Pennsylvania communities to receive this designation,” Mikowychok said. “It is our goal and mission to offer as many choices as possible to keep our children active. We have a fantastic park system in Allentown and from my observation people of all ages are taking advantage of it.”