Rowlett Pushes for More Parks

Nonprofit designates Rowlett as "playful city"

By Tammy Mutasa
|  Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 10:52 AM CDT
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The city of Rowlett is pushing for more parks and playgrounds to get kids moving after it was designated a playful city.

Tammy Mutasa, NBC 5 News

The city of Rowlett is pushing for more parks and playgrounds to get kids moving after it was designated a playful city.

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The city of Rowlett is pushing for parks and playgrounds to get kids off the couch and get them moving.

Kaboom, a nonprofit group, has designated Rowlett as a "playful city" because the city has made a commitment to build more parks and have more programs that promote fitness and fight obesity in the city.

"This holds us accountable as a city," city spokesman Jermel Stevenson said. "We are committed to working with our school districts, our nonprofits, our faith-based organizations -- they are the ones we go to when it's time to build a new park or start a new program."

Rowlett has 30 parks, but half of them are undeveloped. The city has a park plan which will be viewed for adoption by the city council on October 18th.

Kaboom has designated eight other Texas cities as playful cities, including Arlington, Grand Prairie and The Colony.

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