CABE Space slams clone play spaces

Bland and unimaginative play areas lacking risk do not provide good spaces for children, according to research from CABE Space.

CABE Space’s Designing and Planning for Play report highlights that children prefer natural environments to play in.

The report shows examples of well-designed play spaces, including the recently-opened Groundwork Playscape site in Chessington.

The Designing and Planning for Play report notes that: CABE Space research has found that over-sensitivity to risk has stifled the design of rich and stimulating environments.

Pressures to minimise risk and liability in the public realm can lead to authorities ‘playing it safe’, resulting in standardised spaces that fail to delight, educate or offer young people the opportunity to meet or socialise.

The report sets out 10 design principles for good play spaces:

• Designed to enhance its setting
• Located in the best possible place
• Close to nature
• Designed so that children can play in different ways
• Geared towards encouraging disabled and able-bodied children to play together
• Loved by the community
• Where children of all ages play together
• Designed to enable children to stretch and challenge themselves in every way
• Maintained for play value and environmental sustainability
• Flexible and able to evolve as the children grow

Read the report at http://www.cabe.org.uk/AssetLibrary/12265.pdf
For more news from CABE Space see Horticulture Week magazine.


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