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. Starting in May 2016, the City is trying a pilot program for Play Streets. Play Streets support FUN for everyone. We all need more chances to play!

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.

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 3rd floor of City Hall's West Wing 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.

Upcoming Events

This page will be regularly updated with upcoming events.





 Pennsylvania Avenue
Great Falls St.
to Fulton Ave. 

 3 PM to 7 PM
 Brook Dr. & Berry St.  Hillwood Ave.
to Berry St. 
 04/17/2017 3 PM to 7 PM
For questions about upcoming events, please email Stephanie Rogers at

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.

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