SDOT is looking for people interested in participating in the Play Streets 2014 pilot program. It’s easy and free to create your own play street! Play streets offer an opportunity to expand the use of our streets and provide more places for people.
What is a play street?
A play street closes a neighborhood street to traffic so that kids (and adults) can have more space for play and physical activity. School play streets provide additional space for recess or other special activities, like a field day. Community play streets help neighbors create more space for play during the summer or after school.
What are the benefits of play streets?
Play streets give kids of all ages more space to be active. Neighbors working together to organize a play street can help to build community. And moving traffic off a street—even for a few hours—helps us all remember that streets are for people. Most importantly, play streets support FUN for everyone. We all need more chances to play!
Who came up with this idea?
Lots of cities have play streets; New York City started its program in 1914 and has recently expanded with support from the NYC Parks Department. Recently, Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign to end childhood obesity has supported play streets in 10 U.S. cities.
The pilot program will be shaped to reflect your needs, so we want to hear from you. Let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas. We’ll be evaluating the pilot through spring 2015 before making a decision about a permanent Play Streets Program. To learn more, please contact Diane Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 386-4575.