It’s time to play in the streets!

Summer, summer, summertime!

George Clinton was on to something when he said it was time to put a glide in your stride and a dip in yo’ hip. We have a feeling he was probably at a play street or block party somewhere in Seattle. ?

When the sun is shining and people are a whole lot happier, it’s a clear indication that we need to free the toes, buy a cone, and plan the ultimate street party!

 

You should totally host a block party or play street or both!  It’s a free and easy way to open neighborhood streets to provide more space for play and…

From mingling with neighbors/friends, decorating the pavement, busting out a mad solo on your guitar, playing street games, displaying your art, there are endless opportunities for you and your neighbors to play, create, interact, and repeat.

 

It’s time to play outside.

Neighbors across the city have already begun hosting events. This map shows our 2018 Summer Play Streets and Block Parties – look and see if there are any in your neighborhood!

We’re expanding the program to have neighbors all over the city hosting play streets and block parties on their streets. If you don’t see an event in your neighborhood and you’re interested in hosting, let us know! Contact our Program Coordinator, Kadie Bell Sata, at kadie.bell@seattle.gov. We’re here to help!

 

We’re making applying even easier. Drum roll, please…

We’ve launched a combined Block Party/Play Street application! In an effort to streamline this process and consolidate areas of overlap between the two applications, our new application document is simple and easy to fill out and provides helpful details for planning your event.

Our newly designed street closure sign highlights the different ways you can enjoy your block party or play street!

 

I’m Ready to Apply!

A few important details.

✔ Play streets and block parties may close one block of a non-arterial street. Not sure if your street is an arterial or a non-arterial? Check out this map!

✔ Applications must be submitted at least 14 days before your event. So, if you’re looking to host an event of your own, better hop to it!

✔ You must notify your neighbors before applying. Sort of a no-brainer but this can save you a lot of headaches if you play nice.

 

Once you’re ready to submit your Block Party/Play Street Application, you can email it to publicspace@seattle.gov or visit us in-person at our Street Use permit counter.

 

Want to Learn More?

Our Play Streets program page provides more information on play streets. Questions? Contact Kadie Bell Sata at kadie.bell@seattle.gov.

 

And now, …some nostalgia. Bring on the summer.