MILLVILLE - A lone block of East Pine Street is a preserve for youthful fun for four hours on Wednesday, a state of bliss that will be repeated over each of the next five weeks.
Welcome to “Play Streets,” which as a concept is more than a century old but hasn’t been tried here. Its sponsors are the Holly City Development Corporation and city government, with coordination from the Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition.
Free food and bottled water will be provided each day. Activities will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include sports, art, face painting, sidewalk chalking and a dunk tank
Heather Santoro, acting director of Holly City Development, is a member of the coordinating organization and co-chair of its “Millville Breakout Group.”
“The Play Streets initiative is not only a strategy to promote physical activity and provide high-quality space for children to interact socially, but also a great way for residents and community organizations to get involved in their neighborhoods,” Santoro said.
The sponsors have picked the stretch of East Pine Street between North 2nd and North 3rd streets to close down for the festivities.
The Millville Police Department is a partner in the first session on Wednesday. The remaining Play Streets dates, themes, and partners are as follows.
- July 20: Art and Culture with the Millville Public Library.
- July 27: Carnival, with the Holly City Family Success Center.
- August 3: Fun In The Sun, with Glasstown Church.
- August 10: Public Safety, with the Millville Police Department.
- August 17: Back To School, with Millville Senior High School and First United Methodist Church.