The Police Athletic League (PAL) will launch its 2007 Summer Play Street Program, which allows children to play traditional sidewalk games, develop their creativity through the arts, and learn from a variety of visiting education, recreation and cultural arts specialists.
The program, which will begin on Monday, July 2, closes off streets and uses public areas such as playgrounds and parks throughout the city, to provide children with safe, supervised places to enjoy outdoor summer activities.
PAL’s Play Street Program offers sports, arts and crafts, games, music and dance. Featured activities include double dutch jump rope, hopscotch, nok hockey, and basketball.
The Play Street Program, which is sponsored by the MetLife Foundation and the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free for all New York City children.
Locations in Queens for Play Streets include:
434 Beach Channel Drive, Arverne Boulevard between 56th and 57th streets
109th Avenue and 157th Street between 156th and 157th Streets, Jamaica
159-15 88th Street, Howard Beach
Rubard Street and 217th Place, Hollis
Austin Street between 76th Drive and 76th Avenue, Forest Hills
57th Street between 30th and 31st Avenues, Woodside
4-20 Astoria Blvd and 8th Street & Dead End Avenue, Astoria
51st Street and Broadway, Woodside
10-06 41st Avenue, Long Island City
75th Road and 75th Drive, Woodhaven
Springfield Boulevard and 147th Avenue, Springfield Gardens
Guy R. Brewer and Foch Boulevards, Jamaica
The Police Athletic League has been serving the city’s children since 1914. In 2006, PAL provided recreational, educational, cultural, and social activities to 70,000 boys and girls.
It is the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. This summer, PAL operates throughout the five boroughs with 110 Play Streets, 15-day camps and 250 co-ed T-ball, Rookie League baseball, and Cops & Kids softball teams.
For more information of PAL Play Streets or other PAL summer programs, go to www.palnyc.org.