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Burlington’s Play Street Program Designed to Promote Community Play

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Did you know the City of Burlington has a Play Street program that’s designed to empower local residents to come together and promote community play?

The program, launched in spring 2019, offers the ability for weekly, local street closures that encourage the use of neighbourhood streets for safe, active play and social interaction between neighbours of all ages. And it’s available year-round.

Steps to Hosting a Play Street in your Neighbourhood

1. Identify the Play Street location

Street closure considerations:

  • The Play Street should be no more than one block long;
  • The street should be a residential street, not a major road and should be free from an active bus route; and
  • There must be clear visibility from each intersection.

2. Complete the Online Play Street Application

Application must be completed a minimum of six weeks before the start of your planned Play Street event.

3. Complete Forms

Once your application is approved, please look for an email as you will receive paperwork that will need to be signed and returned, including:

4. Plan Your Event

Build a team that will help you with promotion and planning and include neighbours in decision-making. Find ways to include older adults, youths, children and parents. Include activities where all ages and abilities can participate together.

For more details and information, visit burlington.ca/playstreet.

MY TAKE:

This is a fantastic program the City of Burlington offers because not only does it promotes a sense of community among neighbours, but it also encourages residents of all ages to get outside and stay active, enjoying the environment around us.

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2 thoughts on “Burlington’s Play Street Program Designed to Promote Community Play”

  1. Brenden Armstrong

    This is a really bad idea. Streets were always meant for CARS and trucks both for local residents and service vehicles. This is going to cause confusion and anger between residents. People WILL get injured.

    1. Hi Brenden,
      This is John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist. Residents and neighbourhoods can apply to host a program and if the application is approved, the residential road (no more than one block long) would be closed to traffic to ensure the street is safe for active play and social interaction between neighbours of all ages. Thank you for commenting on the Mayor’s website.

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