Bringing Playworks to the Streets

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It is often said that a Playworks Coach's real office is the playground. On Sunday, September 11th, twelve coaches created a new, temporary office right in the middle of Western Addition, as part of the larger event series – Sunday Streets. Sunday Streets is an event during which a large, temporary public space is created by closing off stretches of neighborhood streets to automotive traffic, opening them up to pedestrians, bicyclists, and activities for several hours on predetermined Sundays. This month, Sunday Streets experienced a Playworks-style play explosion. Coaches were all over the place, running a wide variety of different games, including four square and cookie monster. Children weren't the only ones enjoying themselves, as even a few adults joined in on the fun, playing games they hadn't had the opportunity to practice in years.

Sunday Streets is the kind of community building event that makes the Playworks vision a reality. Each person affected by what they experienced at Sunday Streets is more likely to go home and remember the games they played. Each person is more likely to remember how playing these games made them feel. Who knows? Maybe these persons will be more likely to spend an evening playing games with family and neighbors, strengthening their community with a little help from Playworks.

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coach standing in front of children
coach standing in front of children

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