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See how the street play movement is growing across the UK

We’re adding a pin for every area where parents, residents, a community organisation or the council (and ideally, all of them together) are starting to change things for children through play streets and related ideas. The movement is growing! See what’s happening near you by entering the name of your local authority (council) in the box below. Tell us if you want to get something started in your area – or if there’s anything to add to our map!


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What’s happening in Leeds?

As of September 2020, over 60 different streets have played out in Leeds!

Street play in Leeds was pioneered by neighbours in one street which has been playing out regularly since September 2011 – you can watch a news piece on Made in Leeds TV showing their street on a playing out day.

The same street featured on BBC Radio 4 PM programme in March 2014 in which children and adults who live there talked about what playing out has meant for them. Listen to the report.

Leeds council launched its street play policy in May 2015, which allows residents to apply for closures up to once a week. For full details visit the council’s street play page.

If you’d like information or help and support about street play in Leeds please get in touch with volunteer activator Sarah Priestley.

Here’s a great shot of resident activators (and Damien Hirst!) publicising Playing Out in Leeds as part of Clean Air Day 2019.

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Designing Streets for Play – Research and Observation

There’s a house on a corner near where I live in suburban Leeds that makes me happy nearly every time I pass it. Not because it’s anything special architecturally, but…

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