Play council outlines vision of high-quality open spaces

Children's Play Council envisages national strategy for public play space

The Children’s Play Council (CPC) has outlined a vision for a national strategy to champion good quality public play space. The CPC will draft guidance notes for the creation of local strategies to be sent to all local authorities. CPC director Adrian Voce announced the plans to play professionals, landscape architects and designers at a Prioritising Play conference, which was held in London last week. He said: “Our role will be to ensure local authorities are developing partnerships and strategy for play provision.” Bath & North East Somerset Council strategic development officer for play Michael Follett said: “Good play spaces cannot be divorced from good public open space. The two need to be combined to provide accessible, inclusive multi-use environments.” Play consultant Tim Gill spoke of “a need for a balance of good ingredients for play space to work”. All speakers advocated close consultation with children and the wider community in developing play areas. Gill urged designers to consider an area’s context before thinking about equipment. He said: “Start with location and get the landscape right before fitting equipment to ensure the creation of a place people will enjoy.”

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