Find your nearest play area or skate park, getting a new play area, funding and maintaining a play area, improving your play area, play training courses, play areas been inspected for faults, reporting faulty equipment and what to do if young people are causing problems.
To find your nearest play area or skatepark, please use our play area finder.
Yes definitely, please email us at email@example.com and tell us your thoughts and ideas. Let us know where you think it would be possible to site the play facility and any people you know who might get involved. We don’t have any money to fund play projects, but we can help to get your ideas up and running, and we will support you right to the end.
We can help you drum up support in your community to try get people involved in setting up something for children and young people in your area. Once a group is formed, we will support you through all the steps from finding suitable land, undertaking fundraising activities and choosing play equipment.
To get the idea off the ground, you will need to speak with people in your area to see if they think it is a good idea and also your local town or parish council. Then identify a suitable place to locate the facility.
The following pdf documents ‘beginning stages of developing a play area’ and ‘developing play facilities in your community’ will give you guidance on how to start your ideas.
Beginning Stages of developing a play area (pdf 120kb opens in new window)
Developing play facilities in your community (pdf 2575kb opens in new window)
Help is available to support you in finding money to fund or maintain your play area, skatepark or activity club from various sources. Plus you can register and search for a free grant on the Grantnet website.
Grantnet (external website)
For groups who look after their own play area, they can tackle this tricky problem of finding funding to maintain it by fundraising through their own events (fairs, quiz nogiths, sponsored events, etc.). They also often talk to their local town or parish council about raising money through the local ‘precept’ (the local bit of your council tax). How about asking all the local businesses to pay a little each year so they can have a plaque on the play area fence or front gate.
East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) can also help groups look for funding.
ERVAS (external website)
Try not to always think about swings and slides, a well-designed play space is all about creating an interesting area that is enjoyed by children and their families who want to visit frequently.
Here are a few ideas:
Although we do not have a play training diary of courses, we are working with external partners to provide appropriate courses on a needs basis. If you are interested in finding out more about what courses we can offer, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are feeling upset or threatened by a child or young person’s behaviour, please contact us by completing the anti-social behaviour form (opens in new window). For criminal offences, please call the Police.
If you are concerned about the way children and young people are playing, please contact the team by emailing email@example.com.
Adults can sadly mistake boisterous play as anti-social behaviour. Young people hanging around in groups or children shouting should not be always interpreted as having any serious or malicious purpose. Children should be allowed to be children, which does mean making mistakes, and it our role to support children to make the most of their childhood and enjoy their community.
The play areas managed by the council are inspected according to usage and location, small rural play areas are inspected fortnightly whilst larger urban play areas are inspected weekly by our trained and Register of Play Inspectors International (RPII) qualified play area inspection officers. An annual inspection is carried out by an independent inspector.
You can report faulty play equipment by completing the faulty play equipment online form:
Report faulty play equipment in a council play area online
Our play area inspection and maintenance team will be notified and will investigate the problem and respond as soon as they can.
If it is an emergency you could also call 07818 011 419 to get straight through to our dedicated helpline.