On my way into work I pass signs, as does anyone. But on my particular route entering Allentown from the west I pass two signs; Playful City USA and Tree City USA.
Now, what do they mean?
Playful City USA is a designation from KaBOOM! A National Campaign for play, which means a city or town has a commitment to play and children, such as building playgrounds. And it's not just Allentown (a two-time honoree), Bethlehem also has a Playful City USA designation. (For more on Allentown's parks read Andrew Kleiner's Guide to the Top Parks in Allentown Part 1 and Part 2)
Tree City USA is national recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation, for urban and community forestry programs. Communities with this recognition have a Tree Board or Department, a Tree Care Ordinance, a Community Forest Program with an Annual Budget of at Least $2 Per Capita, and An Arbor Day Observation and Proclamation. Again, in Lehigh Valley, it's not just Allentown, but Bethlehem, Catasauqua, Easton, Fountain Hill, and Nazareth, all of which have been Tree Cities for at least 7 years, Allentown the longest running in our area at 32 years.
What does all of this mean? It means that we've got a lot of signage around Lehigh Valley, but it also means we're surrounded by communities that care for not only our children but our environment, too.
And now, that I've made myself sound like an after school special, I'm going to sign off.
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