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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.

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

How To Guide

Your easy how-to guide to organizing a neighbourhood play street.

The EQuipment Magazine

Equipment is not necessary when hosting a Play Street, but it can be helpful for new organizers.

Neighbourhood Recreation Experiences lends program equipment to non-profit organizations for use at free programs or events that are open to the public (a nominal fee is in effect).

Road Use Permit

A permit is required from the City when a neighbourhood event is held on a location where there is traffic (streets, back alleys, or cul-de-sacs). The permit is required to block off the street. Signatures from all your neighbours in the event zone are required on the permit to show support for the event, whether or not they plan to attend.

The permit must be submitted at least 2 weeks before the event. The permit includes pick-up and delivery of road barriers.

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

Block Party Permit Application
We help strengthen communities by providing access to community events, safe neighbourhoods and equal access to leisure activities and facilities.
The City of Edmonton is taking action to make our city a place that recognizes and reflects the needs of children, young people and their families.

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