Coleman Street Hosts the City’s First Playway

The City of Boston and the Coleman Street Neighbors Association welcomed in the fall season by hosting the first “Playway” or residential street closure aimed at promoting healthy food, physical activity, and fun.   It is Boston’s neighborhood version of the “open streets” concept.

At the Coleman Street Playway, dozens of neighbors and friends came together to dance, jump rope, ride bikes, paint, and share home-made delights at neighborhood pot luck in the community garden.

Jhana Senxian of the Coleman Street Neighbors Association worked with Erica Simmons, a Rappaport Fellow with the City and Masters Student at MIT, to develop the Playway concept and to pilot the concept at the September 1st event.   The pilot will inform a potential full-scale program that will simplify permitting and link neighborhood groups with resources in the community, such as “Fit Kits” that can be borrowed from the Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF).

The Coleman Street celebration ended with the display of a colorful banner created with the help of young artists in the neighborhood.  The event was a success and left many young folks asking, “When can we do this again?”

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