NYC's Play Streets initiative looks to offer sense of normalcy for kids during pandemic

Officials in New York City have designated new spaces for children to play as part of a citywide initiative to end gun violence.

News 12 Staff

Aug 3, 2020, 5:20 PM

Updated 1,388 days ago

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Officials in New York City have designated new spaces for children to play as part of a citywide initiative to end gun violence.

The Play Street Program expanded Monday in the Bronx and Brooklyn, giving children a chance to participate in arts, crafts, games and cooling stations while social distancing.

All of the areas have bleach, hand sanitizer, gloves, wipes and masks to ensure everyone remains safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Children coming into the Play Streets will also have to have their temperatures checked.

"Kids have been locked up for a while and this is their chance to get them out, active and having fun," says Ruth Horry, a team leader at one of the spaces.

Parents say the Play Streets are putting them at ease and children say they are looking forward to being able to safely play.
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