In a seminar exploring lessons learned from designing effective play spaces, landscape architect Adam White said landscape architects and designers should engage with local children and parents to find out what they want and work with them to develop a project relevant to the community and the local area.
"Consultation doesn't work. Communities have no idea what is right or wrong," he said. "But engagement really works. Get local children involved and they will develop far more respect for the space because they will feel a greater sense of ownership towards it."
White also criticised the amount of capital budget - 50 per cent - commonly spent on fencing and surfacing around play spaces and said designers too often concentrated on play equipment before looking at what could be done with the landscape and considering the emotions involved in play.