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Play on!

Desta Solomon goes for a slide at the Police Athletic League play day at the Parade Grounds in Flatbush.
Photo by Arthur De Gaeta

The play is the thing.

Two hundred kids took over the Parade Grounds in Flatbush last Thursday during the Police Athletic League’s Brooklyn Borough Celebration Day — the end-of-the-season fete that cheers the department’s seven-week summer program that gives kids a safe place to play in parks and on closed blocks throughout Brooklyn.

“The play streets are set up in areas where kids otherwise could not afford to go to a day camp,” said event organizer Richard Guevara.

Fifteen play sites had been set up throughout the borough since July 15, open from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays, Guevara said.

Thursday’s event featured a double-dutch contest, tug-of-war competition, carnival games, three-on-three basketball, obstacle courses, face painting and a rock wall.

“It was a great time,” Guevara said.

AJ Beato makes it to the top of the rock climbing wall at the Police Athletic League play day in the Parade Grounds Park on Thursday.
Photo by Arthur De Gaeta

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