August 20, 2010 9:00 AM
It seems like we've been riding a wave of good news for kids recently.
Yesterday, I wrote about our strong public high school ACT scores, the third best in the nation. Last week, there was the Men's Health magazine ranking showing Madison as the only city in the country to achieve an A+ grade for children's safety. Last Saturday, there was the opening of the incredible new Children's Museum on the Capitol Square.
And now, in a new report, the Trust for Public Lands has listed Madison as having more playgrounds per capita than any place else. And those playgrounds are getting better with new equipment and more forgiving surfaces. (Those who don't like some of my decisions as mayor sometimes attribute them to falls I took as a boy from monkey bars onto the hard asphalt at Veterans Memorial Park in West Allis. Better, safer equipment should head off similar problems for future mayors.)
Madison has long been thought of as a great place to be a college student and a young adult and I wouldn't want that to change. But it's also good to know that when we're done with that period in our lives, this is also a pretty good place to stay to raise a family.