Find a play area, get a new play area, funding, improve a play area, inspections, report an issue with a play area, what to do if young people cause issues.
Find my nearest play area or skatepark
Whilst we don’t have any money to fund play projects, we can help to get your ideas up and running and we will support you right to the end. Please read our advice below and get in touch with our play and early years team to discuss your thoughts and ideas:
Here are some of the things you will need to do:
The following pdf document gives guidance on how to start your ideas: Developing play facilities in your community (2.5mb)
Please note: it can take a long time to develop a play space or facility, but a commitment to children’s play will really pay off in the long term.
A well-designed play space is more than just swings and slides. It’s all about creating an interesting area that is enjoyed by children and their families who want to visit frequently.
Here are some ideas:
Adults can sometimes 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 and that sometimes means making mistakes. It is the adults’ role to support children to make the most of their childhood and enjoy their community.
If you are concerned about the way children and young people are playing, please contact us:
If you feel intimidated or threatened by a child or young person’s behaviour, you can report it as anti social behaviour: Report anti-socal behaviour
Please call the police on 999 if you believe a crime is being committed or somebody is in danger. Call their 101 non-emergency number for non-immediate issues.
We inspect larger urban play areas every week and small rural play areas every two weeks. Our inspection officers are trained and are Register of Play Inspectors International (RPII) qualified. An independent inspector carries out an annual inspection.