Project purpose

    The aim of the program is for communities to be empowered to run self-managed play streets events in their neighbourhood with support and advice from Council.

    Background

    The Play Streets Pilot Project is an action in the recently endorsed Recreation Needs Study - A Healthier Inner West. Read the study and how it was developed here

    How Play Streets work

    Play Streets involves the temporary closure of a quiet local street to enable children (and adults) to use the street as an urban playground. The closure typically happens on a weekend, and on other occasions agreed by local residents (weekly/monthly etc). Suitable locations are on streets where the temporary closure has limited impact on local traffic, support of the residents, and on streets with limited access to nearby open space.

    Each Play Street is unique based on its local residents and what they enjoy doing. Residents may play handball or ride their bikes on the streets, while others might create an artwork on the pavement with chalk. Others may simply use the opportunity to meet and socialise with neighbours.

    In the lead up to each pilot Play Street, a volunteer(s) from the street will liaise with Council to ensure approval for the street closure is obtained, and that barriers closing the street are placed in accordance with the approved Traffic Management Plan during the event. This volunteer(s) will also liaise with other local residents in the lead up, and request cars to be parked in other areas (where practical) during the event in order to maximise space.

    It is envisaged that Council will provide a toolkit (which may include things like: information and ideas on Play Streets, chalk, skipping ropes etc) and a contact person to provide ongoing support for the pilot period.

    Shortlist criteria

    • Prioritisation of streets in areas with reduced access to open space (purple areas in this proximity map from the Recreation Needs Study)
    • The willingness of one or more volunteers to locally organise and liaise with Council
    • The minimisation of traffic impacts to local residents and surrounding streets
    • Street surface and surrounds are suitable and safe
    • Reasonable distribution of pilot locations throughout the LGA