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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Play Streets

Create a New Space to Play in Your Neighborhood!

Play Streets make neighborhood streets available to kids and adults for play, socializing and physical activity on a frequent and recurring basis.

In 2018 PBOT successfully piloted two play streets in Portland. If you are interested in hosting a play street in your community, please email 

Getting Safety Barricades for Your Play Street

Applying for a Play Street is Simple!

1. Use our notification flier template to let your neighbors know you are planning to host a play street. Notification area is two blocks in each direction of the closure.

2. Have your neighbors that are directly impacted by the closure sign our notification form.

3. Submit your application form by email, mail, fax, or bring it in person.




Things to Know:

  • Play streets open the right of way for everyone to come and play and are a great way to create a fun active space, especially when recreational areas are scarce.
  • Play streets can occur a maximum of 15 hours per week (5 hours per day) and 3 days per week.
  • Adult supervision is required at all times.
  • An 11-foot-wide emergency lane shall be maintained always.
  • Play streets must be closed and clear of all equipment, pavement markings and debris by dusk.

Check out the Play Street Program Guide to learn more about Play Streets and program requirements. 

Insurance is optional for this type of street closure permit. You may want to insure your event through one of the following options:

  • Many homeowners' policies offer coverage for an event
  • A special rider may be purchased to cover the closure
  • Many insurance agencies may put together a special event policy
  • Tenant User Liability Policy (TULIP). The City has arranged to make available liability insurance through this program. 
    Find more information about TULIP at:


Have Additional Questions, Contact:


Community Toolkit

Visit our Community Toolkit page for granting and community resources to help you launch your project!


Accommodation requests: To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, we will provide auxiliary aids and services to persons with disabilities. Please call 503.823.5185.

Title VI: The Portland Bureau of Transportation fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the ADA Title II, and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. For accommodations, complaints and information, call (503) 823-5185, City TTY (503) 823-6868, or use Oregon Relay Service: 711.