PAL launches 2008 Summer Playstreet recreational program

(Above) The Police Athletic League kicks off its 2008 summer Play Street Program.

The Police Athletic League (PAL) launches its 2008 Summer Program in the Bronx on Monday, July 7. New York City youngsters play traditional sidewalk games, develop their creativity through the arts, and learn from a wide range of educational, recreational and cultural arts specialists.

PAL’s Summer Play Street Program closes off streets and utilizes other public areas, such as playgrounds and parks, throughout New York City to provide children with safe, supervised places to enjoy outdoor summer activities. Play Streets offer sports, arts and crafts, games, music and dance. Featured activities include Double Dutch jump rope, Hopscotch, Nok Hockey and basketball. PAL is operating throughout the five boroughs this summer, including over 100 Play Streets, 19 Cops & Kids flag football, volleyball, basketball, soccer and softball teams, and day camps. Play Streets are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and are free to all New York City children.

This year, MetLife Foundation and the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation are sponsoring the Play Street Program. The Police Athletic League, founded in 1914, has been serving New York City’s young people for more than 90 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural, and social activities to tens of thousands of boys and girls annually. It is the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. Following is a list of Play Streets in the Bronx. For more information, please visit

Bronx locations include: St. Rita’s,                                    3rd Avenue, Patterson Playground,                          between E. 145th and 146th streets; 726 Coster Street, Lafayette Avenue and Spofford Street; 52 Playground,                                  Kelly Street & Leggett Street, between Kelly and St. John avenues; Matthews Muliner Playground, Morris Park Avenue and Matthews Avenue and Muliner avenues; Kossuth/Peoples Playground, E. Mosholu Parkway North between Van Cortlandt Avenue E. and Steuben Avenue; Castle Hill Playground, between Parker and St. Raymond’s avenues; Serrano Playground, Olmstead and Lafayette avenues; Watson-Gleason Playground, between Watson and Gleason avenues; Colucci Park, Hutchinson River Parkway between Mayflower and Wilkinson avenues; Slattery Playground, Valentine Avenue and 183rd Street; Wakefield Playground, Carpenter Avenue; 196th Street, Bainbridge Avenue, between Briggs and Bainbridge avenues; Claremont Park, Clay Avenue and Claremont Parkway; Zimmerman Playground, Allington and Barker avenues; Parque de los Ninos, Morrison Avenue at Watson Avenue; Space Time Playground, Lafayette Avenue; Adams House, 731 Tinon Avenue; Bronxdale Houses, 1471 Watson Avenue; Claremont Consolidated Houses, Finley Houses, between 166th and 167th steets; Highbridge Gardens, 1105 University Avenue; Pelham Parkway Houses, 11 Philip Mazzei Park; Monroe Houses, 1779 Story Avenue; Betances Houses, 465 St. Ann’s Avenue; Site 402 Cauldwell Avenue, 845 Cauldwell Avenue; Throggs Neck Houses, 2824 Schley Avenue; Shelter Site Eddie Fernandez, 1215-25 Seneca Avenue; Shelter Site, Michael Breslin, 999 Freeman Street; and Shelter Site, University Family Shelter, 1041 University Avenue.

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