NYC Open Streets

Come play outside at a social distance, Mondays - Fridays, 2 - 5:30 PM, on East 115th Street from Park to Third Avenues at Concrete Safaris' After School NYC #OpenStreets in partnership with the NYC Department of Transportation and the NYPD. This program is free and open to the public.

JungleGym 2020

Due to COVID-19, JungleGym 2020 - now in its 8th year - has been cancelled by the City of New York. This event is an obstacle race and active living fair for all ages. We will keep you posted on JG 2021 events as soon as we have more information. The event started as a birthday party for the organization designed by 2nd - 5th graders as part of a weekly workshop at Concrete Safaris' City Surfers after school program in 2012. For the past several years, thousands of NYC children, families, and neighbors have had the opportunity to play outdoors on city streets in this multi-block summer series.

JungleGym Is Youth-Led Active Design On NYC Streets

PLANNING BEGINS WITH CITY AGENCIES AS CLASSROOMS

During the school year, children enrolled in City Surfers after school develop all elements of JungleGym, including the theme, rules, course, obstacles, marketing, and any other necessary details. They write speeches asking Community Board 11 for street closure approvals, and the group votes on who will represent them. Children also meet with the NYPD to learn about their role in keeping people safe outdoors. They learn how to create a successful event as well as how to speak publicly with community partners new and returning.

AN ACTIVE ROLE IN EVENT DESIGN

Working with Open Architecture, children learn how to think about transforming city streets into two-blocks of twenty obstacle challenges.

DEVELOPING JOB SKILLS WHILE BUILDING COMMMUNITY

In the spring and summer, youth enrolled in the Outdoor Leadership Academy host JungleGym for thousands of residents in the community on city streets in commercial corridors and public housing developments, and in schoolyards. To do this, they must learn how to set up, break down, and lead all activity stations. They learn communication and team building skills, and encourage children, community, and neighbors to participate and stay active during the event. 

Partners

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RACE FAQ

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Testimonials

Norman

Outdoor Leadership Academy Intern

JungleGym was a very fun experience because there were a lot of kids having fun and that made me feel happy because they had the chance to go to a free event and have fun with their families and friends.