Kenney visits Philly Playstreets — a program he used as a youngster

Mike Dougherty
August 22, 2018 - 5:36 pm
Philly Playstreets allows residents to apply for a permit to block one-way streets so kids in neighborhoods short on open space have somewhere to play safely.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As the summer winds down, so does a very popular outreach program in Philadelphia. 

Philly Playstreets allows residents to apply for a permit to block one-way streets so kids in neighborhoods short on open space have somewhere to play safely.

Mayor Jim Kenney grew up playing on Cantrell Street, and he believes the program has grown into a wonderful asset for kids.

"We need to continue to provide things that make them feel special, because they are special," he said.

Mayor Jim Kenney visits a Playstreets site in Kensington.
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Playstreets — under the direction of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell — also provides 20,000 free meals every day.

"They get the healthy nutritious meals at school, and when school's out, we make sure they get those meals right here on their front stoop," said Ott Lovell.

Local mother Jessica brought her kids to one of the Playstreets, and she loves the program. Plus, it gets them out of the house and out of the indoors.

"You don't have them on the tablets or on the TV. It's good," she said, "so they can have fresh air and just get to know each other. That's nice."