Go play in the street! Be part of the fun

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is testing a play streets program in 2014

What is a play street?
A play street is exactly what it sounds like! You can apply to close one block of a street to traffic so that kids (and adults) can have more space for play and physical activity. How often you turn your street into a play street is up to you and depends on the location, community needs, and your interests. You might have a play street twice a week throughout the summer or you could have one just once a month.

What can you do in a play street?
What *can’t* you do in a play street? Think of a play street as an extension of all the front yards on your block, except with more concrete. You can play hopscotch or 4-square, have a dance party, do yoga, have 3-legged races, bounce a ball, skate, scoot, walk, roll, bike, and run. The options are limitless.

Who came up with this idea…and what are the benefits of play streets?

Lots of cities have play streets; New York City started its program in the early 1900s. Recently, Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign to end childhood obesity has supported play streets in 10 U.S. cities.

Play streets give kids of all ages more space to be active. Working with your neighbors to organize a play street can help to build community. And moving traffic off your 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!

We’re looking for people interested in joining our 2014 pilot program, so please contact Diane Walsh at diane.walsh@seattle.gov (206) 386- 4575 to learn more.

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