2002-07-06 / Sports

PAL Launches Summer Programs In The Rockaway

PAL Launches Summer
Programs In The Rockaway

The Police Athletic League kicks off its 2002 Summer Playstreet Program in Queens on Monday, July 8. The PAL’s Summer Playstreet Program closes off streets and other public areas throughout New York City to give children safe, supervised places to play. The playsites offer sports, arts, crafts, games, music and dance.

The PAL is operating in 223 neighborhoods this summer, including 151 playsite programs, 11 day camps, 52 sports locations and ten child care programs. Sixty of the playsites are located in housing developments throughout New York City, funded by the New York City Housing Authority. Mobile reading teachers will bring a variety of books to selected locations to encourage summer reading.

For the third year, PAL is pleased to be apart of McDonald’s "Check It Out" program, in which children who read and report to their teachers on five books, get a free Happy Meal from McDonald’s. PAL summer program serves approximately 38,000 children.

Playsites, which include organized play areas in playgrounds, schools or on actual cit streets, are full-day programs, open Monday through Friday. PAL’s summer program also includes baseball and softball leagues for boys and girls, baseball rookie leagues, part-time police precinct programs, evening teenage programs, five Head Start programs and two day care programs.

"For 88 years, playstreets have been one of PAL’s most popular activities, says PAL Chairman Robert M. Morgenthau.

Here is the list of Police Athletic League playsites in Rockaway:

Carlton Manor Houses- 7115 Beach Channel Drive, Beach 73rd Street.

Hammel Houses- 85-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, 84-86 Streets.

Macedonia Church- 330 Beach 67th Street, Rockaway Freeway.

Bayside Playground (J180Q)- 104th Street, Seaside Avenue and Beach Channel Drive.

P.S. 225- 190 Beach 110 Street.

Arverne Houses- 56-57 Streets, Arverne Boulevard.

Redfern Houses- 14-56 Beach Channel Drive, Redfern Avenue and Hassock Street City Line.

Edgemere Houses- 434 Beach Channel Drive, 54th Street.

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