World Sport Chicago has been selected as a 2016 winner of the KaBOOM Play Everywhere Challenge Grant! Using this grant, World Sport Chicago will create a built environment play space that will encourage kids in South Chicago to make play, every day. This strategy is rooted in the community and combines intentional process, strategic location and inspired design to build community strength and unity through play.
The working theme, Moving Forward, builds upon existing efforts for equitable community redevelopment. It celebrates the foundation of hard-work found in South Chicago's industrial past while looking to tomorrow to build strong bodies, creative minds and a connected community.
Thanks to help from our community partners and participants, the 2016 season of PlayStreets has been a resounding success, with 77 events impacting over 5,000 children on Chicago's South Side. Powered by the Chicago Department of Public Health and in partnership with community-based organizations throughout Chicago, PlayStreets creates pop-up play spaces on residential streets in areas where residents can come together, run around and have fun. The program targets areas where safe outdoor play during the summer months can be challenging and creates new opportunities for the physical and social well-being of Chicago families.
All PlayStreets days are free and open to the public. Enjoy activities from the local host agencies or bring out your own toys, activities and games to share in this temporary play space.