Have you ever thought about opening your neighbourhood street so kids can play?  You can find out by dropping by Charles St on Sunday April 29 from 3-5pm.

What is a Play-Street?

Play-Streets are temporary street openings that provide a safer space for kids and adults to be physically active while building community.  They can be hosted by neighbours, schools, or community groups.  To see a video of a successful Play Street,check out the example posted by the BBC.  Play-Streets have been successful in communities like Bristol, UK, Toronto, Ontario and Seattle, Washington.

What Streets Work Best for a Play-Street?

Play-Streets work well on a variety of streets in all neighbourhoods with these characteristics:

  • Residential-oriented streets with low volumes of traffic
  • Not an arterial or bus route
  • Significant neighbour support
  • Limited access to parks/open space
  • Significant youth participant interest

Play-Streets in Kingston

Kingston Gets Active put out a call for applicants to open their street for play. Successful applicants got to have a Play-Street on a day of their choosing during Kingston Gets Active Month in April 2018. This pilot project is assessing interest in implementing a Play-Streets model in Kingston, where the usual fee to open a street is covered and the paperwork is simplified.  Drop by to see what it’s all about!

  • Saturday, April 21:  Cameron Street between Oak and 7th Ave; 3-6pm
  • Sunday, April 29:  Charles Street; 3-5pm.


Thanks to CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research), KFL&A Healthy Kids Community Challenge, and Queen’s University for supporting this project.

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