I’m not sure if any of us are aware of the overall impact of the Play Streets initiative. Just taking a look at these images that tell a story of a program that does exactly what it is designed to do… get people out on the streets enjoying themselves. Seeing the images of the Buffalo police and fire department leads me to believe that many of these kids will walk away with a newfound respect for these men and women in uniform.
It’s events like this that literally bring a neighborhood and a community together. “BlueCross BlueShield is so proud of the Play Streets event series. Saturday marked the 4th event, held on Buffalo’s west side – Massachusetts Avenue from Shields to 18th (see here). Activities included live music (Randall and the Late Night Scandals and Ashton Hollow), Verve Dance Studio performances, a rock wall, obstacle courses, chalk art, and an open hydrant brought to us by Buffalo’s Fire Department,” said Moira Giammaresi, Corporate Relations Specialist. “Play Streets addresses a lack of physical activity and the growing obesity trend among youth by transforming select city streets into car-free urban parkways, creating a temporary community space for individuals, children, and families to safely walk, jog, ride bicycles, skate and have easy access to physical activities.”
The next Play Streets event is scheduled for September 14, 2013 in the Promise Neighborhood near Westminster Charter School.