Queens Play Streets: How to Get One in Your Area

Have you wondered how you can get a summer play street in your neighborhood? On September 20th, you can find out at the 2013 Play Streets Informational Meeting.

At this meeting, you’ll be able to find out more about what’s involved in bringing a play street to your area. Play Streets are exactly what they sound like- streets that are shut down to traffic on a designated day so kids and families can play safely. In Jackson Heights, 78th Street has long been a summer play street, and it has been such a success that the community is in the process of trying to make it a permanent play street.

Play Streets are beneficial in a variety of ways. They encourage kids to put down the gadgets and get out and play. By doing so, kids get more active, and it fights the obesity epidemic. The play streets also encourage residents to get more involved in the community.
Transportation Alternatives, the organization behind play streets, will be holding the meeting for those interested in making play streets a reality in their area. They help communities get street closure permits, find community partners and obtain mini-grants so that Play Streets can thrive across New York City. For more information, visit transalt.org/playstreets
When: Thursday, September 20, 3:30-5:30pm
Where: Queens Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., (F-train to 169th St.)