Play Streets is a new citywide program that increases opportunities for kids to play outside. Play Streets offers a simple way for communities to get the equipment and training they need to safely operate their own street closures to promote active play, with a focus on walking, biking, and community-building. From card games to dance classes to activities like gardening, Play Streets opens up a residential block for the whole community to enjoy.
Play Streets was developed through a collaboration between the SFMTA, the SF Planning Department, the Department of Public Health, and the Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families and the program is delivered in partnership with community based organizations and the non-profit Livable City.
The Play Streets program is currently a two year pilot which launched in Summer 2017. In 2017, the program partnered with four community groups, non-profits and/or schools to host 3-5 recurring Play Streets events at each of four locations located in communities of concern.
In 2018, we are making the program available to residents citywide, as well as continuing to work directly with a select number of community based organizations to host Play Streets events. If you are interested in hosting a Play Streets series in your neighborhood in 2018, the first step is to register for a free Bootcamp hosted by Livable City where you will receive training and technical assistance to organize and apply for permits. To find upcoming Bootcamp dates, visit Livable City's Eventbrite page.
For more information, visit Play Streets on the Groundplay website.