Parks and open spaces

Parks and open spaces

Parks and open spaces can provide a different range of play opportunities for children. This includes being able to engage in play that needs lots of space, such as ball games and wheeled play. Parks and open spaces can enable children to explore nature. They also offer a common meeting ground for diverse communities.

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Most local authorities have parks and open spaces for children to play out. To find your nearest park click here.

Green spaces, parks and town centres should be accessible for children and young people to move around in safety. They should be spaces where children can play freely, experience nature, explore their environment and be with their friends.

Traffic calming measures, together with safe walking and cycling routes can improve children’s access to parks.  At present, most children can only access parks if an adult takes them, and this makes them a special treat rather than an everyday experience.

Play England’s Love Outdoor Play campaign encourages everyone to take action to make sure that more children can play out more often.  Click here to find out more.

Our ‘Exploring Nature Play’ project enabled over 2,000 children to reconnect with nature through play.

Play England can also offer resources to help those responsible for developing, delivering and maintaining innovative natural play spaces within parks and similar spaces.

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