Seattle Turns Streets to Play Areas

Seattle Department of Transportation launches "Play Streets" program to encourage some fun in the streets.

Last Friday, Seattle launched its Pilot "Play Streets" program, which will allow residents and schools to obtain free permits from the Seattle Department of Transportation to block off streets from traffic and enjoy the streets as temporary play areas.

Angie Schmitt reports on the initiative: "In starting Play Streets, Seattle is following pioneers like New York and San Francisco. New York City's Police Athletic League actually began running a play streets program a century ago. More recently, First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign and the Partnership for a Healthier America launched an initiative in 2012 that has brought play streets to 10 cities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico" by providing $50,000 seed grants to participating cities.

The core concept of Play Streets programs such as the one in San Francisco was to temporarily provide children with space for physical activity, especially to those living in communities that lack such public open space. 

Full Story: Seattle Opens Up Neighborhood Streets for Kids to Play


Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month
Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 2012

Thinking about Grad School?

You need the essential resource for prospective planning students
Starting at $24.95
Book cover of Where Things Are from Near to Far

Where Things Are From Near to Far

This engaging children's book about planning illustrates that "every building has its place."