Play Streets

What We Do

Play Streets open neighborhood streets to kids (and adults) for more space for socializing, playing, 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 to ensure your event is safe and enjoyable
  • Assess opportunities for physical activity across the city and work to promote equitable access

What’s New

In response to customer feedback gathered through the 2017 Play Streets Program Evaluation, we have made several improvements. Most notably, the applications for Play Streets and Block Parties have been combined to be more consistent and flexible in an effort to better meet the needs of the community. Click here to apply for a block party/play street permit. 

Program Goals

The Play Streets program aims to:

  • Encourage the use of neighborhood streets for safe, active play
  • Promote social interaction between neighbors of all ages
  • Provide additional public space in areas where parks or private yards are limited
  • Ensure local access in and out of homes during events

Current Recurring Block Parties and Play Streets

Use the map below to explore current and recent recurring Block Parties and Play Streets. These events are open to the public, so find one in your neighborhood!

Night Out

Night Out is a national event promoted in Seattle by the Seattle Police Department Crime Prevention team, held once per year in August. Similar to Block Parties or Play Streets, participants in Night Out may temporarily close their street to celebrate. Please visit the Night Out web page to learn more.