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Thornton designated a Playful City USA

For the fifth year in a row, Thornton has been named a “Playful City USA.”

The designation is made by KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to bringing play back into children’s lives.

KaBOOM! selected Thornton for its “outstanding dedication to play. The City of Thornton operates a portable playground program that visits 10 different high-density housing locations once a week for nine weeks during the summer, bringing both passive and structured play to children. Additionally, the city’s parks and playspaces are connected by a variety of trail options for runners, walkers and bicyclists.

In the seventh year of the annual program, 16 Playful City USA communities received recognition for the seventh consecutive year, while 23 earned honors for the sixth time, and 25, including Thornton, for the fifth time, and KaBOOM! recognized 37 communities with their first Playful City USA designation.

Playful City USA communities are eligible for $15,000, $20,000 and $30,000 grants via Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, to get kids and families active.

Mandatory water restrictions in effect

The City of Thornton is currently in Stage 2 Drought Warning status due to continued dry conditions and below average mountain snowpack. Mandatory water restrictions are in place.

The restrictions include:

• Irrigation of established turf is limited to two days a week.

• Single family/duplex even numbered addresses may water turn on Sundays and Thursdays;

• Single family/duplex odd numbered days may water turf on Wednesdays and Saturdays;

• Non-residential properties and HOA/multi-family common areas may water turf on Tuesdays and Fridays.

• Turf watering is not allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Irrigation of trees, shrubs, bushes, perennial beds, annual flowers and vegetable gardens may occur on any day and is not restricted as long as water is not being wasted.

The city requests that residents refrain from using these irrigation methods between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. or on windy days.

Customers not following the restrictions will be issued a warning first.

If the violation continues, fines for violations are $200 for the first violation, $500 for the second, and $1,000 for the third.

For more information, visit www.thorntonwater.com/restrictions.html#restrictions.