HILLSBOROUGH, NJ  - The township has been honored as a 2017 Playful City USA Community, just one of 258 nationwide recognized for putting the needs of kids and families first. 

It is the second time the national non-profit KaBOOM! has honored the township for its efforts and programs for kids.

The 2017 Playful City USA communities to receive the designation feature more than 14,000 safe and engaging play spaces that serve more than 4 million kids.

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Hillsborough offers 20 parks and recreation facilities full of various amenities. In the past year, a new playground structure was installed at the Municipal Playground and a new bowl feature was added at the skate park at Ann Van Middlesworth Park.

 The Department of Parks and Recreation offers year-round sports and recreational programming for children of all ages and abilities.

 “Our recreation programs are an integral part of our community and earning this designation further exemplifies the township’s dedication to what our Parks and Recreation offers,” said Committeeman Doug Tomson, liaison to Parks and Recreation.

“We are thrilled to recognize Hillsborough for putting kids first,” said KaBOOM! CEO James Siegal. “The well-being of our communities starts with the well-being of our kids, and play is critical for them to thrive.”

To see the full list of Playful City USA communities visit kaboom.org/playfulcityusa.

Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,700 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.5 million kids.