Good News! City of Seattle Play Street pilot program extended to April!
Good news! Based on overwhelming community support and a growing number of hosts (68 and counting), we are extending the Play Streets pilot until April 2016.
This article first appeared July 2105.
Ever admonished your kids or others in your neighborhood with this sage advice? The Seattle Department of Transportation is offering you a chance to eat your words (at least temporarily) through its Play Streets program.
Play Streets is exactly what it sounds like – an opportunity for neighborhoods to close off their streets from cars for a short time so that kids and adults can literally play in the streets. Whether it's creating chalk art that spans the expanse of the road, hopscotch, kickball or other activities that require more hard surface than a sidewalk, the Play Streets program is a chance to connect with neighbors and play together safely. Neighborhoods that join Play Streets will receive a free permit to temporarily close their street to traffic – closures that occur when the neighborhood wants them.
Depending on their location, Seattle streets may be converted into Play Streets as much as the community desires it. For example, during the summer, a neighborhood group might plan to host a Play Street twice a week. The transportation department will use the following criteria to determine whether a street can be closed:
The play street should be no more than one block long.
The street should be a non-arterial street (click here to learn your street classification).
There must be clear visibility from each intersection.
The play street must have neighborhood support.
Editor's note: This updated article was originally published in July of 2014.