outstanding outdoor spaces

Greenbank Estate Residents Group, Devon

Working with the Local Authority, Greenbank Estate Residents Group has developed a local playground for the whole community to enjoy. They tell us how it has helped boost community spirit and bring people of all ages together.
Why did you want to develop your playground?
We had the opportunity to work with the Local Authority to develop a community space where the local children could come together and enjoy sports. We wanted to create an area that would be accessible and inviting, as well as safe – one that would encourage children of all ages and abilities to play together with a community spirit.

What were the key elements that made Playforce stand out from other providers?
Playforce has extensive experience working with schools and community projects to create fun and motivational play spaces. They knew the ins and outs of working with Local Authorities too and helped us design the playground based on the time, budget and requirements we had. They helped make our space feel truly unique and worked alongside the LA and the community to ensure that we were meeting the needs and desires of everyone involved.
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Developing a universal play space for the community has encouraged the local children to spend more time outdoors. It has helped improve their physical skills and enhanced communication within the community.
How are local residents using the space?
The local space has now been cleaned up and developed so that it can be used for both basketball and football games. It is available for the local children and residents whatever the weather and has become a central base for active play as well as sport. Whether it’s a quick game with friends or training a local team, the space is a safe and fun area for children of all ages and abilities to come together.

What are the biggest benefits you have seen for the children?
Developing a universal play space for the community has encouraged the local children to spend more time outdoors. It has helped improve their physical skills and enhanced communication within the community. As the children come together to play, the parents are getting involved too. It has boosted the community spirit and brought people together.
Can you share any practice insights you have gained?
There are lots of unused spaces in communities that could be developed into a playground, big or small. Get in touch with your Local Authority to find out what funding is available to create space that could bring together the whole community.
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