Author Mike Lanza to Lead Discussion on Creating More Active Neighborhood Play Spaces  

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, the Somerville Public Library, Somerville Recreation Department, and Somerville Family Learning Collaborative invite all interested residents to attend a community workshop and book discussion with Mike Lanza, author of “Playborhood:  Turn Your Neighborhood Into a Place for Play,” a book currently available through the SPL that identifies creative ways to create vibrant neighborhood play areas for children, and solutions to help children spend more time engaging in active play.  The workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 19 from 6 to 8:15 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chambers at City Hall.

Mike Lanza’s work focuses on determining how to create neighborhoods that allow children to interact better with their peers near their homes, and to play together outside with less adult supervision. At the workshop, residents will work with their neighbors and city policy-makers to determine what we can do as a community to help children lead connected, play-filled lives. Contact Stephanie Hirsch,, 617-625-6600 ext. 2340 with any questions.


4 Responses to “‘Playborhood’ author to join Library, Recreation Department workshop”

  1. Susan says:

    Is this article serious? Do people really need to buy a book and hire consultants to figure out how to get kids to play? If we have fallen that far then we are truly in trouble as a society. Residents will learn to work with city policy-makers to make play a reality? For real? Is this just a set-up for a new job, Coordinator of Play? I’m sorry, but this really, really scares me.

  2. A Moore says:

    Sounds an awful lot like what I went through growing up in the 50’s here to me. Don’t think my mom had a book though.. Just figured it out on her own.

  3. Frank says:

    In the 50s kids played in the streets, here and everywhere else. Not so much anymore with 3x as many cars on the road as then. Given this, and the limited outdoor space in Somerville there might be some interesting ideas here.

  4. A. Moore says:

    The thing back in the 50’s was we played in other people’s yards. Kids either came to our house or we went to theirs. had nothing to do with cars or space. We had fun and were kept busy and someone was there much to our dismay to keep an eye on us. We could play together after school until supper and then had to do home work. In the Summer we could play after supper but be in when the streetlights went on. Or else. We didn’t even get to call anyone, we had to go to their house and ask to play there or come to our house. We saw very little tv, we had to go outside and play, those were the orders.

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