Transportation Alternatives will host a meeting on adding new Play Streets in northern Manhattan in an effort to bring more recreational spaces for families and children.
Transportation Alternatives will be hosting a Play Streets informational meeting for Northern Manhattan organizations on Mon., Sept. 17th.
Community residents are invited to find out more about what it takes to bring a Play Street to the northern Manhattan community.
Play Streets are temporary street closures that occur on a weekly basis to give children a safe place to play outdoors.
Meeting organizers note, "Play Streets bring neighborhoods together, help reduce obesity, and improve street safety. While this summer is almost over, it's already time to start planning for 2013 Play Streets."
With the support of community groups across the city, the organization Transportation Alternatives (T.A.) persuaded the Bloomberg administration in 2011 to include Play Streets in PlaNYC as a key strategy to improve open space access for children during the summer.
The program has since been endorsed by First Lady Obama's Let's Move! campaign.
T.A. helps communities secure street closure permits, find community partners and obtain mini-grants for Play Streets across New York City.
T.A. has also developed several reports and resources for groups to learn how to start up a Play Street: transalt.org/playstreets
The meeting is to be held on Mon., Sept. 17th from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the ICAHN Building at 1425 Madison Avenue, at the corner of 98th Street and Madison Avenue, on the 2nd Floor in Room L2-82.
Light refreshments will be served.
To RSVP, please contact Catarina Rivera at
and include "Manhattan Play Streets Meeting RSVP" in the subject line.