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Sidewalk games

The Police Athletic League launched its 2009 Summer Program for New York City youngsters to 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 more than 75 Play Streets, 58 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. through August 21, and are free to all New York City children. The following is a list of playstreets throughout Brooklyn:

Brooklyn Play Streets

Kelly Playground, Avenue S & East 15th Street; Fox Playground, East 52nd Street & Avenue H; Canarsie Playground⁄Seaview Park, Seaview Avenue between 92nd & 93rd streets; Parade Ground Park, Caton Avenue & Parade Place; Marc & Jason’s Playground, between Empire Boulevard & Sterling Street off Nostrand Avenue; Gowanus Playground, Wycoff Street between Hoyt & Bond streets; Rewald Salgada Park, Madison Street (behind PS 309) between Patchen & Stuyvesant avenues; Spring Creek, 1310 Pennsylvania Avenue; Mellet Park, Avenue V & Foster Street; Paerdegat Park, Albany & Foster avenues; Keap Street between South Second & South Third streets; Berry Street between South Second & South Third streets; Pelham Playground, Adelphi Street between Willoughby Street & DeKalb Avenue; Shore Road Park between Shore Road & 79th Street; Woodbine Street between Evergreen & Central avenues; 2020 Foster Avenue between Ocean Avenue & Farragut Road; Flatlands Family Shelter, 108−75 Avenue D and Linden Boulevard.

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