Collaborative legislation process
We need less small scale play spaces with equipment and space that do not challenge children or encourage imaginative play, if we can put more investment in larger scale destination play spaces that cater for all ages , and are co -designed in conjunction with local communities, we can hopefully have assets that remain relevant for future generations.
The council need to allocate a suitable budget for ongoing maintenance of play parks and allow for complete upgrades every 15-20 years. The council need to get much better at asset management. The current approach is not good enough.
We need to keep the green spaces around existing housing estates which kids use for play. These areas should not be sold off to make a quick bit of money for the council and if they are owned by others they should be designated as ‘open space/play spaces’ by the council planning department to prevent development of them.
Most of the play parks seem to cater for younger children. There should be more play parks for kids aged 10 to 16.
Parents may not feel that they can let their children play in safety we need to make sure there is a way to make parks/play areas safe for all
A question I have is how genders use the space differently? what would boys use it for and what would girls use it for, is there a difference in what they want ?
For me personally, children do not tend to use play spaces on their own as much. Be that location of local parks, parental confidence to let the children go themselves or children's imagination of how to use the space. In the future it doesn't just come down to the space it's self it is how we encourage families to use the space and have the confidence to let there children go to the park