Play Streets Permit

A "Play Street" closes a neighborhood street to traffic so that kids and adults can have more space for play and physical activity - all without worrying about cars.

Play Streets support FUN for everyone. We all need more chances to play!

2018 Play Street Events

Fulton Ave.Oak St. & Lee St. Friday, May 184:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fulton Ave.Oak St. & Lee St. Friday, June 154:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fulton Ave. Oak St. & Lee St.Friday, July 204:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fulton Ave.Oak St. & Lee St.
Friday, August 174:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Application, Rules and Regulations

The City has developed rules and regulations for Play Streets, which are included in the Play Street Permit Guidelines and Application. The program guidelines are very similar to those of Block Party Road Closure Requests.

To apply, please visit the Permits Counter on the 1st Floor of the Temporary City Hall Building at 400 N. Washington St., or contact them via email. Applications must be received at least 10 business days before the event date. Recurrences are allowed every 1, 2, or 3 months and events may take place from April to October of each year.

For questions about upcoming events, please email Jeff Sykes at

Eligible Play Streets

Eligible Play Streets can be found on the map below and generally meet the following requirements:

- Adjacent to residential or school land use

- Local street wholly within City limits

- 1 block, maximum 750’ length

- Does not intersect with Principal Arterials* (Broad St or Washington St)

- Alternate parallel routes are available*

*Unless the roadway is a cul-de-sac

Pilot Program

 The City held successful pilot Play Street events on May 14, 2016, along N Virginia Ave and Riley St, and on June 24, 2016, along Pine St. These events helped gauge community interest and provided insight into the guidelines and boundaries necessary for a successful Play Street.

Who Came Up with this Idea?

Lots of cities have play streets; New York City started its program in 1914 and has recently expanded with support from the NYC Parks Department. Recently, Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign to end childhood obesity has supported play streets in 10 U.S. cities.

In the City of Falls Church, the Citizens Advisory Committee on Transportation (CACT) made this program a priority for 2016.