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See how the street play movement is growing across the UK.

Find out what’s happening where you live and if there are streets already playing out. We know that there are many active streets not listed here so please let us know of anything you are doing so we can add it to the map. You can also check our Local Authority Directory to see if your council has a street play policy yet.

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What’s happening in Hackney?

Hackney was the second area of the country to adopt playing out sessions in a big way. There are currently over 30 streets that have regular sessions!

The council is very supportive of street play and residents can apply, free of charge, for temporary road closures up to once a week. Applications are made on a simple form and residents need to collect signatures on a petition. You can also download this guidance for Hackney residents consulting on and applying for a Play Street produced by Hackney Play Association.

If you live in Hackney and are interested in getting playing out sessions going where you live, you can contact Hackney Play Streets, a Hackney Play Association project funded by Hackney Council and in partnership with Playing Out CIC. You could also join the Hackney Facebook group to get in touch with others interested in street play in the borough.

The Hackney Gazette covered the launch of the Hackney play streets.

Watch this wonderful heart-warming film about Hackney Play Streets made by Hackney Council and Hackney Play Streets and produced by Motherbrown films. The film features children, parents, carers, stewards, teachers and drivers and shows the benefits of playing out in the street spaces across the borough.

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Housing Design and Play: Exploring the links

In October last year I embarked upon a study with my architecture post-graduate students at University of East London. In the masters unit that I run, I am interested in…

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The Lost Art of Mucking About

Dinah Bornat lives in Hackney, East London and helps organise playing out sessions most weeks in her street. Here she writes about the contrast it presents to the other elements…

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