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Help Find Fun In Sarasota with Map of Play

A nonprofit wants you to help it use an online tool to support play in the area.

Is there a really cool place in Sarasota that you like to take the kids to play?

Don’t keep it a secret! You can now share it with your neighbors and the world at large.

A national nonprofit is endeavoring to use an online tool to plot out play spots in the community and across the U.S. But they need your help.

KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit dedicated to ”saving play for America's children by creating great playspaces through the participation and leadership of communities.”

KaBOOM! is encouraging folks to use and add to its Map of Play, a Google map on which users  can point out playgrounds, parks and other play spaces in their area. Users can also share photos, comment on and review play spaces added to the map.

The map is presented through a partnership with Disney and is free to look at and add to, and includes communities across the country. You can find it at http://mapofplay.kaboom.org/ and can also visit the mobile version on your smart phone.

Here’s how it works if you want to find a play space near you: Go to the Map of Play homepage and type a city and state or ZIP code into the search bar on the top right-hand side of the page. The site will pull up a map for that coordinate and show all the play spaces added 

If you want to add a play space, you can go to the home page and click the “Add a new playspace” button’. From there, the site will walk you through the steps to add a play space. Registration (which is free) is not required to add a playspace to the map, but KaBOOM! encourages people to do so.

It's also a great tool to use while on vacation if you're looking for a safe, fun spot to take the kids away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist attraction, too.

What playspaces in the Sarasota area should be included? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

RAJ (Bo) McMerritt September 04, 2012 at 11:45 AM
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