Looking for an exciting new place to play with your kids that is local and affordable? Turn your neighbourhood into a Play Street and let your children enjoy playing outdoors.
“We want to help people re-imagine and make the most of their local spaces,” says Cllr Bora Kwon, Cabinet Member for Civic Renewal at Hammersmith & Fulham Council.
“Play Streets are a great way to give your children the chance to be outdoors and play safely, within a short distance of your home – get the chalk out, organise some games and let the neighbours in on the fun.”
The scheme allows residents to close a street to traffic for three hours at a time, on a day of their choosing. What's more, they’re completely free to organise.
Want to host a Play Street between Friday 22 September and Sunday 24 September?
The first 100 streets – or schools – to apply by Thursday 7 September will get a FREE spacehopper!
Schools can contact Maryam Mahmood on PlayStreets@lbhf.gov.uk to apply.
How it works
Residents can apply for a temporary road closure in just a few easy steps:
- check with your neighbours – let them know about your plans and invite them along
- agree on a date and time
- apply online
- once the traffic order has been granted, get planning!
A full set of guidelines can be found on H&F’s Play Streets webpage.
Somersaults and skipping ropes
Play Streets are a great way to make unforgettable memories with your neighbours and loved ones.
They don’t have to require as much planning as a street party. But that shouldn’t stop you from getting creative!
Think hopscotch, tug-of-war and training wheels; skipping ropes, chalk art contests or a neighbourly football friendly. For more inspiration, check out the photos from the Roxwell Road Play Street, Shepherds Bush, on the H&F Flickr account.
Play Streets can be one-off events or held regularly. Why not make it a new neighbourhood tradition?
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