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High Point parks draw praise
for their play spaces

Community included in book about community best practices

SEATTLE—December 21, 2009—High Point has been included in a book about best practices that communities can use to improve opportunities for play. The book, entitled "Play Matters" was published by Kaboom!, a national nonprofit organizations whose vision is that every child in America have a great place to play within walking distance.

The book is "a study of best practices to inform local policy and process in support of children’s play." In a two page spread about High Point, the book notes that "within less than a square mile, the High Point development has 17 playgrounds and a community park. There are pocket parks on every other block that serve as front lawns and community play spaces."

Chart of survey results

Pocket parks like this one are located throughout High Point to provide several community play spaces.

The study also notes that, "The Seattle Housing Authority solicited design input through planning meetings with members of the community. Children informed playground designs." The development also received praise because, "High Point provides highly accessible and safe play spaces for every child in the community, with a front-yard play space or pocket park within eyesight of each dwelling."

For more information on the case study, visit www.kaboom.org/bestpractices.