MILLVILLE, N.J. -
For the third year in a row, the City of Millville is shutting down an area of downtown so kids can have a safe and secure place to play.
On Wednesday, July 18th, officials with the Millville Play Streets program kicked off their 2018 season when they shut down Pine Street between 2nd and 3rd streets and filled the area with fun activities for kids to enjoy.
The Play Streets initiative features a different theme every Wednesday; today's theme was "summer fun."
Organizers hope that kids enjoying today's program see a bright future for the city, for themselves and their friendships.
"Our hope is that by the end of the year, kids that aren't normally friends, kids that maybe living right next door to each other here in center city, [that] by the end of the summer ... they're friends," said Brett Clendaniel, project director, Holly City Development Corp.
"[We also hope] that they're out volunteering in the neighborhood, that they're out volunteering [to clean] up lots together, [and] that they're taking part in programing at the Millville Public Library or the Riverfront Renaissance Arts Center."
About 40 to 50 organizations and businesses partner in the program helping to plan each week's activities.
Credit - SNJToday