2004-07-09 / Community

PAL KICKS OFF Playstreet Program

PAL KICKS OFF Playstreet Program

The police Athletic League (PAL) launched its 2004 Summer Playstreet Program in Queens on Tuesday, July 6th. Hundreds of PAL youngsters will play traditional sidewalk games, develop their creativity through arts and crafts, choose books from a mobile reading library and make new friends throughout the summer.

PAL’s Summer Playstreet Program closes off street and utilizes other public areas, such as playgrounds and parks, throughout New York City to provide children with safe, supervised places to enjoy outdoor summer activities. Playsites offer sports, arts, crafts, games, music and dance. Summer reading is encouraged by mobile reading teachers, making and assortment of books readily available to PAL youngsters. PAL is operating in over 210 neighborhoods this summer, including 130 playsites are located in housing developments, founded by the New York City Housing Authority. Summer programs serve close to 40,000 children each summer.

Playsites are full-day programs, open Monday through Friday. PAL’s summer program also includes baseball and softball leagues for boys and girls, baseball rookie leasgues, part-time police precinct programs, a youth summer employment program that has helped over 1,600 students find jobs each year and a series of fun-filled special events.

"PAL’s Playstreet Program has been a source of support, development, and inspiration for young people for 90 years." Says Executive Director John Ryan. "Year after year, the Playstreet Program strengthens and expands, continuing to provide a safe place for children to play in neighborhoods with little of no recreational outlets."

Founded in 1914, the Police Athletic League is the largest independent, nonprofit youth organization in New York City. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social programs to more than 70, 000 boys and girls annually. PAL is the official youth agency of the New York Police Department. Following, is a complete list of playsites in Queens. For more information, please contact the Police Athletic League at (212) 477-9450.

•--Carlton Manor Houses

71-15 Beach Channel Drive

Beach 73rd St.

•Hammel Houses

85-10 Rockaway Beach Blvd.

(Far R’kway)

Bet. 84th & 86th Streets

•Bayside Playground (J180Q)

Seaside Avenue&

Beach Channel Drive

At 104th Street

•P.S. 225

190Beach 110th Street

•Macedonia Church

330 Beach 67th St.

Rockaway Freeway

•Redfern Houses

14-56 Beach Channel Drive

Redfern Ave. & Hassock St. City Line

•Ocean Bay Apartemts

Arverne/ Edgemere

434 Beach Channel Drive

Arverne Boulevard

Bet. 56th &57th Streets

•Bayswater

Far Rockaway


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