Killeen has been named a Playful City USA for the ninth consecutive year.

Playful City USA is a designation awarded by KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing play into the lives of children. Killeen's efforts to upgrade the quality and quantity of its playgrounds, park acreage per capita and amount of youth served earned its spot on the list.

The city has 18 public parks, a water park, a spray park, two hiking and biking trails, two skate parks, golf and disc golf courses, and numerous athletic fields for kids to be active.

Parks and Recreation programming include fitness classes, numerous summer athletics leagues, 5k races, camps, and other specialty events. For a full list of the amenities the city of Killeen has to offer, visit their website at

There are only 258 cities in the United States with the classification.

To view the other Playful City USA communities around the nation, visit