Play streets pave way to better health, stronger communities


Being involved in play streets has changed people’s perceptions of street use, improved children’s health and created stronger communities, according to a national survey.

More than three quarters of respondents to Playing Out’s survey said that the children on their street enjoy better mental and physical health as a result of play streets; while the vast majority also believe that play streets have led to stronger communities and a greater sense of belonging.

Confirming again what play street proponents have long understood, the survey report will provide would-be play street organisers, councils and play advocates everywhere with wonderful evidence, both qualitative and quantitative, to make the case for play on the street.

“There have been so many magical moments. One of my favourites is when two of the older girls, my daughter and a friend who have been playing out on the street since they were 4, decided to organise a talent show.”

Notably for those who are interested in the potential for play streets to inspire new uses for street space that is not dominated by cars, some 64 per cent of respondents confirmed that being involved play streets had helped change their perceptions of street use.

For the full report, click here (Playing Out website).

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