What Are Play Streets?
Play Streets are car-free streets on quieter blocks that provide children and communities with space for engaging in active play and physical activity.
For schools and community groups with insufficient active play spaces, Play Streets open up streets for physical activity, benefiting students and local residents. Play Streets help address the city’s childhood obesity epidemic, while also allowing children and families to meet and get to know neighbors.
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Summer Play Streets
Who Can Apply: Community groups in all five boroughs.
When: Summer Play Streets operate during the summer months when school is not in session.
How to Apply: Please check back for updates.
Deadline: Please check back for updates.
Email PlayStreets@health.nyc.gov for help with choosing a street and guiding you through the application process to obtain your Play Streets permit. Please include the name of your organization, contact information and any street(s) you may have in mind.
Note: If your group is approved for a Summer Play Street permit, it is only valid for one calendar year. You will have to reapply each year.
School Play Streets
Who Can Apply: Public and private schools in all five boroughs.
When: Most School Play Streets operate during the school year.
How to Apply: All Play Streets must be permitted by the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT). Before submitting your application to DOT, you will need to obtain approval signatures from your Community Board and local police precinct.
Download a Play Street Permit Application.
Deadline: Applications must be submitted to DOT by June 1st for the fall term of the school year and by Nov. 1 for the spring term of the school year. The DOT application review process takes about 8 weeks.
Email PlayStreets@health.nyc.gov for help with choosing a street and guiding you through the application process to obtain your Play Street permit. Please include the name of your school, the address, your contact information and any street(s) you may have in mind. School Play Streets must be on a street adjacent to the school building.
Note: If your school’s application is approved, your Play Street permit will remain valid in future years. You do not have to re-apply each year.