Play Streets

What we do

Play streets close neighborhood streets to traffic and open them to kids (and adults) so they can have more space for play and physical activity. Community play streets help neighbors create more space for play during the summer or after school. Free and simple permits are issued to open streets up for play. Through the Play Streets program, we:

  • Provide guidance through the permit application process
  • Offer ideas and provide guidelines to see that your play street is as safe and enjoyable as possible

What’s New

Recurring play street permits are now valid from the beginning of October to the end of March (winter season) and the beginning of April to the end of September (summer season).

Program Goals

The Play Streets Program seeks to:

  • Provide people of all ages with more opportunities to be active in their neighborhood
  • Encourage residents and community organizations to use their streets creatively
  • Strengthen community connections
  • Promote safe use of our streets

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Current and Previous Play Streets

Use the map below to explore existing, reoccurring, and previous play streets.

Apply for a Play Street Permit

There are a few things to keep in mind before applying for a play street permit:

  1. The play street should be no more than one block long
  2. The street should be a non-arterial
  3. The street can’t have an active bus route
  4. There must be clear visibility from each intersection
  5. The play street must have neighborhood support. This means that before you apply, you’ll have to notify your neighbors that you’d like to plan a play street. To make this step easier, we’ve posted a sample notification flyer that you can use, or feel free to make your own!
  6. Safety for people in the street is very important to us, so we have some rules about how to barricade your street while people are playing. To view a PDF of our play street event set-up requirements, please click here.

Ready to apply? Download our free application

Our Play Street Handbook contains information on the program’s background, application process, ideas for play street activities, as well as other helpful things to keep in mind when planning your play street.

Still have questions after viewing the handbook? Check out our play streets FAQ