Since 1914, PAL PLAYSTREETS and its supporting partners have fearlessly helped communities take back their streets by providing opportunities for children to engage in organized physical activities, to learn valuable lessons about positive life choices and to access helpful resources in their communities. 100 percent of residents and business owners believe PAL PLAYSTREETS make their communities safer.
Over the course of seven weeks each summer, PAL closes roughly 15 public areas in New York City neighborhoods suffering from high rates of crime and poverty to create supervised and fun-filled places for children ages 6-16 to play in safety. Each PLAYSTREET has fun athletic and recreational equipment, as well as arts and crafts, to make a fun experience for the kids. All PLAYSTREETS are staffed with a Site Director, an Arts Specialist, and a Sports Specialist, providing adult mentors and supervision. Fun summer activities include soccer, basketball, double dutch, tye-dying, mosaics, bracelet making, and outdoor board games. Participants also learn how to identify members of their local NYPD precinct as well as their local elected officials, fostering strong relationships and an increased sense of community.
In response to lingering crime problems in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) properties, PAL now works with NYPD and NYCHA officials to offer additional PLAYSTREETS programs on targeted NYCHA properties. PLAYSTREETS also extends to selected New York City homeless shelters, providing homeless youth with much-needed play time and opportunities for organized physical activity.
At the end of the summer, PLAYSTREETS culminates in a Borough Day in each of the five boroughs—a free celebration in a public park for local children and their families to eat, play and bond.
Here is the list of PAL PLAYSTREET LOCATIONS 2017