Online Program

Play Streets Chicago

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Melody Geraci, MA, Active Transportation Alliance, Chicago, IL

PlayStreets is an initiative that reclaims public space by temporarily closing streets to auto

traffic and creating ‘pop-up play spaces’ for local residents. Based on the decades-long and

successful New York City experience, the Chicago Department of Public Health launched its

own PlayStreets initiative in 2012. Now in its fourth year, PlayStreets Chicago has provided

over 26,000 children and adults from 27 different underserved neighborhoods with safe,

supervised places to play and be physically active while generating additional benefits like

community cohesion, violence prevention and socialization. As the lead consultant to CDPH on

the PlayStreets program over the last 4 years, Active Transportation Alliance will lead a presentation on:

• A brief history of PlayStreets;

• The main tenets of a PlayStreets program;

• Chicago’s story of creating the political will and identifying funding for the PlayStreets


• The ‘nuts and bolts’ of the execution of a PlayStreets initiative;

• Lessons learned.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Identify strategies to advance policies that increase physical activity for children where they live, learn, and play.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Primary researcher for this topic
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.