Temporary Closings Open Play Streets’ Fun in Pottstown

POTTSTOWN PA – A portion of Chestnut Street, near the borough’s Chestnut Street Park, will be temporarily closed to traffic Thursday (June 16, 2022) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. so neighborhood children can enjoy the first of seven weekly “Play Streets” events planned by the Pottstown Parks and Recreation Department and supported by a group of local sponsors.

Play Streets, which will operate at different locations each week, is a new attempt to turn a street a playground with free activities target toward children in kindergarten through 5th grade and their caregivers. The department will provide the safe, fun, health space, and accompanying equipment, to give kids a chance to do what they excel at and learn from: play.

It builds on the success of the department’s already-in-progress Water Wednesdays, which has brought families out to local streets to cool off at borough fire hydrants in past summers.

Seven Play Streets events are planned throughout the summer, also from 5:30-7:30 p.m.:

  • June 16 at Chestnut Street Park;
  • June 23 at Maple Street Park;
  • June 30 at Cherry Street Park;
  • July 14 at the Barth Elementary School field;
  • July 21 on King Street near the YWCA Tri-County Area;
  • July 28 at Spruce Street Park; and
  • August 11 at Pottstown Middle School.

There will be no rain dates. The public will be notified of a cancellation through the Pottstown Parks and Recreation Facebook page by 3:30 p.m. on the day of the event.

Play Streets is a collaborative effort among community organizations, being led by Pottstown Parks and Recreation, and supported by ACLAMO, Genesis Housing, Montgomery County Community College, Phoenixville Federal Bank and Trust, Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation, Pottstown Children’s Discovery Center, Pottstown Community Action, Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities, Pottstown Hospital – Tower Health, Trellis for Tomorrow, and YWCA Tri-County Area.

For more information on Play Streets call Andie Graham, Parks and Recreation programs coordinator, at 610-970-6618.

Cool off during summer’s Water Wednesdays

The department’s earlier and well-received Water Wednesdays allow kids to cool off between noon and 2 p.m. beneath the spray of a purposely opened and attended borough fire hydrant. It’s a fun way to escape torrid temperatures, meet neighbors, and build community relationships.

There’s a bit of mystery surrounding Water Wednesdays too. It’s dates are already known: June 15, 22, and 29; July 6, 13, 20, and 27; and Aug. 3 and 10. But the locations of the hydrants being put to use at these “pop-up” swelter stations won’t be revealed until the morning of each event.

This year’s Water Wednesdays launch today (June 15). Find out where at the Parks and Recreation Facebook page.

Graphic provided by Pottstown Parks and Recreation