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The idea of a Play Street is to bring neighbours together and allow use of a space within the neighbourhood not naturally inviting for celebration or play. 

Play Streets allow neighbours to play together in residential streets closed off to vehicle traffic. The City supports Play Streets through planning, operational and permitting support.

Please Note: As we move through the City’s relaunch phase, changes have been made to our guidelines for neighbourhood events. Block Parties and Play Streets Guidelines for Summer 2020 document provides an update to guidance for both Play Streets and Block Parties and should be referred to in place of the Play Streets Manual. 

All neighbours participating in any events must follow all current Alberta Health Services advice relating to outdoor events. Current advice allows up to 100 people to meet outside with adequate physical distancing in place (2 metres apart for those not in your family or cohort).

Benefits of a Neighbourhood Play Street

  • Promote social interaction between neighbours of all ages
  • Encourage the use of closed neighbourhood streets for safe, active play in all seasons
  • Provide additional public spaces in areas where parks or private yards are limited
  • Encourage activities suited to road spaces such as  bike riding, street hockey, chalk art, and scootering
  • Promote diverse use of quiet roadways
  • Increase sense of belonging to the community
  • Encourage neighbours to look after each other and the neighbourhood
  • Embolden children to play outside year-round
  • Promote safety and help prevent crime by knowing your neighbours and recognizing faces
  • Have fun!

Come Out and Play

Organizing A Successful Play Street

Road Use Permit

A permit is required from the City when a neighbourhood event is held in a location where there is traffic (streets, back alleys, or cul-de-sacs). The permit is required to block off the street. Confirmation of support from neighbours in the area impacted by the road closure are required for the event, whether or not they plan to attend.

The permit must be submitted at least 2 weeks before the event. A-frame signage and traffic cones will be made available to event organizers must be able to pick up and return these for their event. 

Alcohol consumption is not permitted on city roads or public property.

Block Party / Play Street Application Form

Parkland Permits

Parkland Permits for a neighbourhood park are available from your Neighbourhood Resource Coordinator. Dogs are allowed on trails in parks, but not on sports fields or playgrounds. Alcohol consumption is prohibited. Food, drink, alcohol or merchandise cannot be sold on parkland without an umbrella licence or using approved vendors. During this time participants cannot share food, drink or have common touch surfaces for example inflatables. No vehicles are permitted on a park site.  At the end of the function, the site needs to be clean.

Liability insurance is required for parties on City parkland. If your event is a sponsored Community League event, their insurance may cover you. If not, you may wish to check with your home insurance.

For More Information

Title Neighbourhood Initiatives Lead
Telephone

780-496-1474

Email blockpartyplaystreet@edmonton.ca

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