Summer Play Streets Program Returns to City Neighborhoods Beginning Today
Mayor Purzycki says a Parks and Recreation, Wilmington Police and Christiana Care Health System Partnership supports this popular youth and family recreation, health and community engagement initiative
Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and Parks and Recreation Director Kevin F. Kelley, Sr., joined today with the Christiana Care Health System and the Wilmington Police Department to invite children and families to participate in the City’s popular Play Streets program, now in its second year. The program, which also involves other non-profit and community partners, promotes recreational and healthier lifestyles for children and their families during nightly events held periodically now through August. Play Streets also seeks to improve community engagement with police and other government offices throughout the City.
During the nightly Play Street summer events in City neighborhoods, local streets are closed to vehicular traffic so fun, healthy and educational activities can be held. The first Play Streets event is scheduled for this evening, Tuesday, June 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Harlan School, located at 36th and Jefferson streets. That will be followed this week by a street closure near 24thand Tatnall streets in West Center City on Thursday, June 13, also from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Play Streets events will continue throughout the summer on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. New this year are four Friday night Play Street events that are being coordinated with the Teen Warehouse, located on Thatcher Street.
“Director Kelley, Police Chief Robert Tracy and I are pleased that this program is back for another summer, and once again offering young people and their families additional space for active, healthy recreation,” said Mayor Purzycki. “Play Streets, made possible thanks to the support of Christiana Care Health Systems, is an enjoyable way for neighborhood groups and schools to help strengthen local communities.”
For more information about Wilmington’s Play Streets 2019, please contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 302-576-3810.
Here are the 2019 Play Street events as scheduled in each of the eight Council districts throughout the City:
Harlan School, 36th and Jefferson streets
Tuesday, June 11; 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Eastlawn, 35th and Church streets
Thursday, July 11; 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
9th Ward, 24th and Tatnall streets
Thursday, June 13; 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Triangle, 2200 Monroe Street
Tuesday, July 16; 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Price’s Run, 22nd and Lamotte streets
Tuesday, June 18; 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Kingswood Community Center, 2300 Bowers Street (Teens)
Friday, June 28 and Friday, July 12
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Brandywine Village, 24th and Carter streets
Thursday, July 18; 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Teen Warehouse, 1121 Thatcher St. (Riverside)
Friday, July 26 and Friday, August 16
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Neighborhood House, 1218 B Street (Southbridge)
Thursday, June 20; 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
East Side, 5th and Church streets
Tuesday, July 23; 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood, 1000 block of West 6th Street
Tuesday, June 25; 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tilton/Cool Spring, 7th and North Harrison streets
Thursday, July 25; 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Browntown/Hedgeville, 100-200 block of Stroud Street
Thursday, June 27; 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Browntown/Hedgeville, Elm and Jackson streets
Tuesday, July 30; 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Hilltop, 3rd and Clayton streets
Tuesday, July 2; 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Mack Park, 6th and North Cleveland Avenue
Thursday, August 1; 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Stapler Park, West 16th Street
Tuesday, July 9; 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.