Social connections are more important than ever. As part of the Block Party program, we are pleased to launch Play Streets.
Play Streets are a fun way for neighbours to meet and spend time together through active outdoor play. They can be hosted on any neighbourhood street that is not an arterial or collector road or in local parks and green spaces. Apartments and condominium complexes that have limited access to parks and public spaces can use their building parking lots for gatherings.
There are great reasons to host a play street:
- Free street closure and recreation equipment.
- Access additional public space in areas where parks and private yards are limited.
- Promote connection and friendship to build a sense of belonging in the neighbourhood.
- Create safer communities by helping neighbours know and recognize one another.
Play Streets are different from Block Parties:
- They are less formal and usually happen during the day.
- The focus is on connecting through play.
- Multiple dates can be booked for free street closure and recreation equipment.
- Neighbourhood Watch only provides free food for Block Parties.
Register your Play Street
If you plan to host your party on the street, you will need permission from the City. In order to receive this a “Permission to Block the Street” form must be completed and returned to the FCSS office at least 10 days prior to your party.
Once your request is approved you will be able to access official barricades to block the street during your party.
Play Streets can be whatever you and your neighbours dream up. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Games - Make use of St. Albert’s free Recreation Bags or our extra Play Street Bags and set up game or sport tournaments like basketball or road hockey where individuals of varying ages can make teams and compete in a shared space. This could also include wide games like capture the flag, dodgeball, tag, or specific events like Tug-of-War.
- Intergenerational - Set up tables and spaces for comfortable talk, tables with board games or set up tournaments for chess or card games. You could also have dancing or music nights.
- Art - Use the street as a local art gallery and supply chalk for people to decorate the street. You could also host events like an outdoor paint night, or invite a local artist to show their work and give a talk! Maybe one of your neighbours is an artist who could lead the activity!
- Youth led – Do you have teens or young adults who would enjoy organizing the event? Be sure to engage them from the start!
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Last edited: March 6, 2023