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Over the last few weeks we’ve been thinking about play, green space and the urban environment. Lots of the younger people we’ve spoken to are really keen to use the green spaces in the area but often find this causes tension and conflict with residents who live very near these greens who often feel threatened by the people on the greens and disrupted by noise and litter.

It’s an interesting dilemma and one that we’re keen to work on to find a solution that makes as many people feel is an improvement as possible. We’ve now removed this temporary poster (pictured below) from the sign on the green on Cannington road as it was upsetting residents who live nearby. Hopefully we can work to understand what would be an improvement to this green space which would make it an ideal and usable space for those who live around it and the wider community.

You may also have seen the chalk hopscotch that we’ve been busy creating in the area trying to encourage people to think differently about their streets and spaces – helping them to be more liveable! What do you think? Do you play any games on your walk to the bus stop or school?

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This year we’ll be celebrating PlayDay 2013 by having an event on the cut through between Waterbeach road and Clementhorpe. We’ll be there from 10am-3pm with face painting, games so join us and bring your picnic to share. This is a free event and everyone is welcome.

Want to know more about the benefits of Playing Out for children check out this site: http://playingout.net/ and video here: http://vimeo.com/30483877#at=0 Would you like to organise Playing Out in your street with other families/mums? Let us know and we can help support you.

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2 thoughts on “PLAY in the city

  1. “We’ve now removed this temporary poster (pictured below) from the sign on the green on Cannington road as it was upsetting residents who live nearby.”

    Yet, despite that, you are ploughing ahead with another idea guaranteed to get the residents up in arms with the Play scheme for the cut through!

    Have you not noticed that 10 mins walk to the west brings you to a huge park? And less than 5 mins walk to the east brings you to another? Those are areas for play – more are not needed.

    “Hopefully we can work to understand what would be an improvement to this green space…”

    Have you considered ‘nothing’? It’s fine as it is.

    • Hi Julia,

      Thanks for your comments. As you can see the Play Day on the cut through was a one off event responding to resident suggestions and requests that more family friendly community events and activities were organised in the neighbourhood for everyone to enjoy.

      DIY Porter’s Lodge is all about improving walking access between the two large Parks in the area which as you say are areas for play which will hopefully encourage more people to visit them. Please join us on Wednesday 4th September to view the proposed designs for the priority areas in the neighbourhood, which have all been born out of community workshops and meetings. We;d love to hear your views.

      10.30-12.30: Outside Beke’s Kitchen
      2-3pm: Outside Roding Primary
      4-6pm Outside the Roundhouse

      Many thanks

      Phillippa

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