Play-Streets Come to Kingston

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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