Alexandria named among nation's most playful cities

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Four Virginia cities have been recognized for encouraging children to play.

Norfolk, Alexandria, Danville and Hopewell were named Tuesday as "Playful City USA" communities.

They are among 213 communities nationwide cited by KaBoom!, a Washington-based nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing play back into children's lives.

The group recognizes communities that have taken innovative approaches to increase the quantity and quality of play and playgrounds. Norfolk was recognized for sponsoring a play day.

Danville has an annual Summer Camp Fun Day, and Hopewell is working with local organizations to enhance parks and playgrounds.

The Alexandria Childhood Obesity Network recently worked with the city on an assessment of 86 playgrounds.