Philly Playstreets are back!

It’s party time!


Summer is here and that means it’s time for block parties and Playstreets! Block parties and Playstreets are a chance to close your street to meet your neighbors and have fun in a safe environment. For the first time ever, SOSNA is offering block party street closure supplies on a first-come, first-serve basis.


What are block parties?


Block parties allow you to block off traffic on your street for a party on a weekend or a summer holiday, Memorial Day, July 4th, or Labor Day. You can apply online here. You’ll need to submit a petition with signatures of at least 75% of residents on your block. Use this form to collect signatures.


What are Playstreets?


Neighbors wishing to have their block participate in Philadelphia's Playstreets program now have until June 5 to express interest.


The Parks and Recreation Department is enhancing and expanding the more than 50-year-old summer program, which closes designated streets to provide children a safe play space.


The program provides play equipment, supplies, and meals. Each Playstreet is designated to children from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.


To be considered for Playstreets, your block must:

• Take part in the summer food program

• Have a block resident volunteer to be a Playstreet supervisor.

• Be a small, one-way street (no numbered streets in our neighborhood are eligible)

• Have less than 25 percent of residents submit an objection to the creation of the Playstreet.


For more information on the 2021 Playstreets program, see this brochure. To apply for a Playstreet or find out more, email Wydeeia.Williams@Phila.gov or call (215) 685-2719 or (215) 685-2720.


How can SOSNA help?


If you are hosting a block party or Playstreet, SOSNA has a limited number of street closure blockades and cones for your convenience. You must have a permit on hand to apply and be able to pick up and return the supplies to the SOSNA office at 1901B Washington Avenue.


Click here to apply for a street closure blockade or cones.


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