More than 50 years ago, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation started Playstreets, a program that closes designated streets to traffic so that kids have a safe place to play when school is out. The program has since spread to every neighborhood in the city.
In recent years, Playstreets have closed 450 to 500 city streets during the summer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Each Playstreet has a resident supervisor who closes off the street to traffic in the morning and reopens it in the evening. To add to the fun, Playstreets participants can use free play equipment and supplies.
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation's Summer Food Service Program provides daily lunches or snacks to each Playstreet. This makes the program particularly helpful in neighborhoods where families struggle during the summer months.