Playgrounds

It’s time for councils to get serious about play

06/04/2021

Naomi Danquah explains how Redbridge and Cardiff Councils are using the pandemic to reimagine outdoor play.

Council fined for death of girl following playground collapse

22/01/2021

A council in London has been fined £330,000 after a five-year-old girl died when playground equipment collapsed on top of her.

The winners of the 2020 Street Design Awards

18/12/2020

To end the year on a positive note, we are delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Street Design Awards.

Campaigners call for details on reopening playgrounds

04/06/2020

The Government has been urged to invest £100m in play provision to avoid a ‘catastrophic’ impact on children’s health by the Association of Play Industries (API).

Playing outside helps build ‘connected communities’, research says

17/03/2020

Researchers have called on local authorities to ‘recognise and value’ the contribution of residents who organise playing out sessions for children.

Last chance to enter the Street Design Awards

25/02/2020

There are only a few days left to enter the Street Design Awards 2020.

Only a month left to enter Street Design Awards 2020

30/01/2020

There is now only a month left to enter the Street Design Awards 2020, which celebrate best practice and innovation across the UK.

The launch of the 2020 Street Design Awards

05/11/2019

The Street Design Awards 2020 have now been launched to celebrate best practice and innovation across the UK.

Calls for ugent investment in public playgrounds

05/08/2019

The decline in public playgrounds is ‘pushing’ children away from outdoor play, a new survey has revealed.

The winners of the 2019 Street Design Awards

26/06/2019

From the restoration of a historic burial site to a successful and innovative road safety scheme, the winners of the 2019 Street Design Awards have been revealed.

Children's Play Commended: Salmon Street Scheme, Tower Hamlets LBC and Project Centre

25/06/2019

The creation of a play street in Tower Hamlets has been given the commended title of the Children's Play category in the 2019 Street Design Awards.

Children's Play Highly Commended: Golden Lane Estate Playground, City of London Corporation

25/06/2019

The Highly Commended title of the Children's Play category has been awarded to the refurbishment of the Golden Lane Estate in London.

Children's Play Runner-Up: Godley Gardens, Enable Leisure and Culture

25/06/2019

Godley Gardens in Wandsworth has been chosen as this year's runner-up in the Children's Play category of the Street Design Awards.

Children's Play: Winner: Milner Square, Islington LBC

25/06/2019

The winner of this year's Children's Play category is Islington LBC for the new play scheme at Milner Square.

Play as a powerful motivator

26/04/2019

Beth Cooper explores the value of play and green places in preserving the nation’s health.

Report warns children's screen time has replaced outdoor play

17/01/2019

Children should spend a maximum of two hours in front of a screen during their recreational time to encourage them to play outside more, a new report has urged today.

Welsh minister announces £2m to promote play

11/12/2018

The Welsh government yesterday announced that £2m would be made available to local authorities to help them deliver play opportunities for children in their areas.

Councils forced to close nearly 350 playgrounds in past four years

12/11/2018

Councils have been forced to close 347 playgrounds across England since 2014, new research has revealed.

Austerity forcing councils to close playgrounds

13/04/2017

Local authorities have closed hundreds of playgrounds over the last couple of years – and are planning on closing hundreds more, research reveals.

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Good luck Liverpool

Intervention can be the best thing that happens to a council, ‘and can serve only to define the past not the future’, says Jo Miller. But the cause of the failure must be recognised and the right series of actions taken, she believes.
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