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Play Streets

A way to create safe space close to home for children, play and community.

In these pages you can learn all about play streets and how to make this happen – or how to support others to make this to happen – where you live. Please see our COVID-19 pages for extra information on play streets right now. If you don’t find what you need there or below, you can contact us any time for support or advice, or join our lively Facebook group of over 2000 members to get advice and share tips with others there.

Playing Out in Four Simple Steps

Info for Councils

Parent and Resident stories

Useful downloads

Helpful Kit


Possible Concerns

Impact of play streets

Info for community organisations

Why organise a play street?

You can read more about why playing outside is important for children in our 10 Good Reasons and also Children’s Right to Play, or a more personal account by a parent in this blog: Playing out and growing up: the benefits of freedom for children.

Or, if you’re interested in how play streets help create stronger communities, you can read latest evidence in this blog by parent,  academic and street play activist Alison Stenning. Or browse our blog for all kinds of different accounts and perspectives on play streets.

Looking at this in summer 2020?

Remember: important extra information and updates on playing out / play streets in our dedicated COVID-19 pages.

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