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Hey kids, take the streets

New York City youngsters can now play traditional sidewalk games, develop their creativity through the arts, and learn from a wide range of educational, recreational and cultural arts specialists thanks to the Police Athletic League (PAL), which launched its 2008 Summer Program in Brooklyn.

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.

The PAL is operating throughout the five boroughs this summer, including more than 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.

Brooklyn’s playsites include: Parade Ground Park, Caton Avenue & Parade Place; Gowanus Playground, Wyckoff Avenue between Hoyt & Bond streets; Park Slope Playground, 180 Berkley Place between Fifth & Sixth avenues; Star Spangled Playground, Franklin Avenue between DeKalb Avenue & Willoughby Street; PS 20, 225 Adelphi Street between Willoughby Street & Dekalb Avenue; Red Hook East Houses, Lorraine Street between Hicks & Henry streets, between Buildings 9 & 10; and the Ingersoll Houses, 120 Navy Walk between Myrtle Avenue, Tillary Street & Park Avenue.

This year, MetLife Foundation and the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation are sponsoring the Play Street Program.

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