This year we are resolve in encouraging our fellow Queens Mamas to make a difference in their local communities. Whether it may be planting wild flowers in the dirt patches on your block or hosting a community lemonade stand, Queens is in need of some local community FUN! Here is a perfect opportunity to do something for your entire neighborhood this summer and the best part is it is totally free! If you are involved with a community organization or school then please read on and consider opening your very own play street.
What is a Play Street?
A Play Street is a one way residential block that does not host any municipal facility and can be shut down to car traffic on certain days to play in! This can include all kinds of open play in the streets as well as Greenmarkets, local events and more.
July may seem like a long time from now, but Play Street planning starts early. The sooner you submit your application, the sooner you’ll be able to thing about fun things, like whether you want to organize a stick-ball game, lead a scavenger hunt, or toss out some giant foam blocks and see what the kids come up with. Ask your neighbors, friends and other community groups in your area if they want to lend a hand. While you’re at it, reach out to your local community board. Play Streets thrive on volunteers and supporters. Their efforts will make your life easier and ensure the success of your Play Street.
How do I start a Play Street?
Simply fill out an “Expression of Interest” form is ready for your submissions! Please take 10 minutes to fill out the form and sent it to the Department of Health. You can find it on the Transportation Alternatives’ website here.
Grant funding for your Play Street is also available from the Citizens Committee of New York City. The application deadline for Community Grants is January 31.
If you want to learn more about the process, they are hosting three information workshops between now and the January 31 deadline. If you are considering a Play Street next to a New York City park, check out the Capacity Grants program at City Parks Foundations (deadline February 1).