Oro Valley

Sign along Oracle Road north of Ranch Vistoso and just south of Catalina tells people that they are in the Town of Oro Valley, Ariz.

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The Town of Oro Valley has once again been named one of the country's most kid-friendly cities for the seventh year in a row.

Oro Valley recently earned the "Playful City USA" distinction from KaBOOM!, a national non-profit that focuses on ensuring that kids get a "childhood filled with the balanced and active play needed to thrive," according to its website.

"Playful City USA honors cities and towns across the country for putting the needs of families first so kids can learn, grow and develop important life skills," according to a Town of Oro Valley news release. "These communities are transforming ordinary places into playful spaces and using play as a solution to the challenges facing their residents."

The 2017 list of playful cities includes 258 communities across the nation that collectively feature more than 14,000 safe and engaging playspaces.

"To achieve this national designation seven years in a row demonstrates the Town of Oro Valley’s unwavering commitment to developing amenities and programs for our children,” said Mayor Satish Hiremath. “Having parks and places for kids to play is an integral part of being a well-rounded community.

Read more about Playful City USA here.