Developing and managing play spaces – a new toolkit
The new Developing and managing play spaces toolkit has been designed for anyone who takes responsibility for managing or developing a play space in a community. This may be community councils, local play associations or a residents group.
By ‘play space’ we mean a space that has been created with the intention of supporting children’s play. This includes dedicated play areas, specifically provided for play, as well as other playable public spaces – spaces that have other functions in addition to play but incorporate playful features to also encourage playing.
The toolkit is intended to provide a single source of support and signposting for community groups to navigate some of the challenges of managing or developing a play space. It aims to support people in creating and maintaining more and better designed community spaces, thereby improving children’s opportunities for play.
Developing and managing play spaces provides clear and concise information, as well as step-by-step guides and templates, on the two main themes:
- Design – focuses on new play space design and includes topics such as participation, procurement, design and risk management (often referred to as ‘health and safety’)
- Management – focuses on the mechanics of managing an existing or newly built play space and includes topics such as maintenance and inspection, risk management and insurance.
We worked with Ludicology to review and update this fourth edition of the toolkit.