Play Streets temporarily restrict vehicle traffic on quiet local streets, so that children and parents can be active, socially connect, and PLAY in their neighbourhood. Picture cones or some sort of moveable safety barrier, balls and chalk and people out the front of their houses chatting and enjoying each others company.
Vehicle movement is temporarily restricted on small and quiet residential streets during daylight hours, a cul-de-sac is an ideal location. The events are designed and planned by the residents with the support of council, and are intended to be low-cost and low-stress so everyone can have fun.
Play is vital for our health and happiness - we want to get our kids out exploring and being active.
Play is essential for our cognitive, physical, social and emotional development. It builds fundamental physical literacy, fosters creativity and innovation and builds our ability to identify and manage risk.
Play contributes to not only children’s lives but also the well-being of whānau and wider community.
We believe that everyone has a role in growing the amount of play that our communities enjoy.
Play is where tamariki practice life.
Anyone can organise a Play Streets event. They are often organised by a group of neighbours, a school, or a community group, e.g. Scouts. Whoever is leading the Play Street event will need to get permission from the council.
Below are the typical characteristics of a Play Street based on experiences from New Zealand and internationally:
Your Play Street should be fun, therefore it is important to think about how to keep everyone safe while playing on the street.
Your health and safety plan should be developed and discussed with your organising team and form part of the briefing for the event marshals. Reach out to our Community Development team to find out more information.
Have you got a play idea for your community? We can help you make it happen! We will work with you to discuss, develop and resource play projects and interventions.
Keen to host your own Play Street? Get in touch to grow play in your neighbourhood today 06 857 80 60
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