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PlayStreets 2015

By: Paolo Cisneros
Published: June 15, 2015

In communities across Chicago, residents are preparing to divert traffic away from residential streets and use their newly freed up space to cultivate a playful, neighborly summer in the city.

An initiative of the Chicago Department of Public Health, PlayStreets Chicago encourages neighborhood organizations and community groups to organize pop-up play spaces in blocked off streets in order to strengthen social networks and encourage active lifestyles.

Thanks to a recently awarded city grant, LISC Chicago will work alongside the Active Transportation Alliance, World Sport Chicago and 11 community-based organizations to plan and execute 75 events on the city’s South Side.

Last year, more than 26,000 residents participated in 140 PlayStreets events. This year, PlayStreets has grown to more than 150 events in 36 neighborhoods across Chicago. 2015 marks the fourth year of LISC’s involvement in the program.

“This program provides an opportunity for children and their families to activate public spaces while being physically active, but it also helps increase community perceptions around issues of safety,” said LISC Program Officer Dominique Williams. “It helps neighbors build community.”

PlayStreets events will take place between June 11 and September 26. A full schedule of events is available at worldsportchicago.org and www.CityofChicago.org/Health.

Read the press release from the Mayor’s office here, Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Public Health Launch PlayStreets 2015.

Posted in Staff and Board News, Neighborhoods

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