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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 2

Meeting Date: April 22, 2008

Subject/Title: Authorize Parks and Recreation Department staff to form a “Play Task Force” for the Playful City USA application, with representation from the business community, community at-large and the Mayor

Prepared by: Barbara Gary, Recreation Supervisor and Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager

Submitted by: Craig Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation

RECOMMENDATION
Authorize Parks and Recreation Department staff to form a “Play Task Force” for the Playful City USA application, with representation from the business community, community at-large and the Mayor.

PREVIOUS ACTION
On July 24, 2007 City Council authorized the Parks and Recreation Department staff to complete the application for the Playful City USA program and authorized the Mayor, or mayoral appointee designated authority, to represent the mayor in signature, to sign the completed application.

BACKGROUND
Parks and Recreation Department staff is requesting to apply for the Playful City USA program. Playful City USA is a national recognition program that honors communities across the country for taking action locally to build an infrastructure that promotes, creates and sustains an abundance of time and space for play for all children. This program is sponsored by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.

KaBOOM! suggests that a task force recognized by the highest level of local government is critical for ensuring that an agenda on play is integrated into the daily operations of municipal life. The role of the task force will be to advise Parks and Recreation staff regarding opportunities the City can pursue to become more playful, meeting occasionally to offer such advice and be a sounding board for potential ideas. The creation of a “Play Task Force” is required for consideration as a Playful City USA. The task force must include at least one representative from the business community, community at-large, and either the mayor or city manager or their appointee.

Staff has prepared the application and the formation of the “Play Task Force” is the final step in submitting the completed application.

FISCAL IMPACT
There is no fiscal impact associated with the formation of the “Play Task Force”.
 
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