When Imagination Goes Public


When Imagination Goes Public
When Imagination Goes Public

Street Project

Play Streets



Date Installed



SF Municipal Transportation Agency
SF Planning Department
San Francisco Department of Public Health
Livable City
SF Department of Children, Youth & Their Families
SF Parks Alliance
CMG Landscape Architecture
One Hat One Hand

Play Streets

Frank Norris Alley
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Jamestown Avenue
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Repurposing streets for play

A Play Street is a city street temporarily closed to traffic to provide a safe place for children, their families, and neighbors to come together and play outside. Play Streets are fun events that build local community and make use of public space in areas where parks may be limited. Play Streets are recurring and are hosted by schools, community groups, or neighbors. Play Streets is launching with a pilot program in 2017, featuring a series of Play Streets hosted by local organizations.

Where are Play Streets located?

Play Streets are located on neighborhood residential streets and alleys with speed limits of 25 miles per hour or less. Play Streets are one block and may not be on a Muni route or a street with commercial establishments. Play Streets are closed to thru traffic, but local access is allowed. Upon program launch a map of streets eligible to host Play Streets will be available.

Who can host a Play Street?

In 2017, the Municipal Transportation Agency, Planning Department, and Department of Public Health are launching a pilot of Play Streets in San Francisco in coordination with our partner Livable City. During the pilot phase, Livable City will partner with a small number of local organizations to host a series of Play Streets. After this pilot phase, the Play Streets application will be open to the public and community members are encouraged to apply. Livable City will run the Play Streets program and will coordinate all Play Streets. If you would like to be notified when applications are open to the public, please email PlayStreets@sfmta.com.

How do I apply for Play Streets?

There are three simple steps to apply for a Play Street. (Please note that this process will be open to the public after the pilot program is complete.)

1) Fill out a Play Streets application form
2) Collect signatures from neighbors on the proposed Play Street block to demonstrate neighborhood support. This is also a great opportunity to get your neighbors involved in planning the event.
3) Agree to the Play Streets statement of requirements. This ensures that Play Streets hosts understand what is expected of them before, during, and after the event.

What activities happen at a Play Streets event?

Play Street activities encourage creativity, connection, physical activity, and fun. Think about what would engage your community. Potential activities include:
• Street games
• Basketball
• Street Soccer
• Four square
• Chalk art
• Bike rides
• Jump rope
• Musical instruments
• And more!

Kids are a great resource for Play Streets ideas – ask the children in your neighborhood about what activities sound fun to them!


Play Streets is launching with a pilot program in 2017. A Play Streets application will be available on this page upon full program launch.


Play Streets is launching with a pilot program in 2017. A Play Streets handbook will be available on this page upon full program launch.




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