Providing a Safe, Fun Place for Philadelphia's Children to Play Each Summer
More than 50 years ago, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation started Playstreets. This program closes designated streets to traffic so that kids have a safe place to play when school is out. A key feature of the program are the nutritious meals and snacks provided to children. This is important during the summer months when school meals are not available.
Playstreets take place in every neighborhood of the city. 300 to 350 city streets take part during the summer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
At each Playstreet:
- Playstreet supervisors open and close the streets to traffic each day.
- Parks & Rec's Summer Food Service Program provides daily lunches or snacks.
- Participants can use free play equipment and supplies.
Note: The above descriptive information came from the program's home page.
In The News
- PlayStreets hires teens to run programs on Philly blocks, and trains them to respond to gunfire, WHYY, July 11, 2022.
- Expanded PlayStreets program returns to Philly, Metro, July 20, 2021.
- After a shooting, a grandmother reopens her SW Philly block as a 'safe zone' for play, WHYY, July 16, 2021.
- Brochure: Playstreets: Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Powered by the Y (PDF)