Best Practices & Play Provision:

StreetPLAY

In many countries around the world, play in city streets is in severe decline. But there is a movement to get children out on streets in their neighbourhoods to create child-friendly, sustainable cities. Earth Day Canada’s StreetPLAY pilot project was informed by similar programs happening in these cities:

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Play Street – Seattle, WA

Seattle’s program began with a two-year pilot project in 2013 and has expanded in 5 years to more than 350 streets.

Visit Play Street
Read the Play Street Handbook

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LondonPLAY

London Play is working with residents in 12 boroughs to activate play on their streets, and have active street closures on 40 streets.

View their resources

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Playing Out – Bristol

Playing Out originated the parent-led temporary play street model and is supporting a grassroots street play movement involving over 60 municipalities and 650 active street communities across the UK.

Read the Playing Out Manual

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Dans ma rue, on joue – Beleoil, Quebec

Beleoil’s pilot project launched in April, 2016, allowing children to play between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. in residential streets that have been designated safe by the city.

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Three reports were published in 2017 on the street play phenomenon that has been growing across the U.K. The first was an evaluation report by the University of Bristol, published by Play England, which looks at the health outcomes for children.

The second was a report from Playing Out, the Bristol-based national hub for street play, including results from a survey of people directly involved in street play sessions.

The third report was written by play advocate Tim Gill and published by Play England, and explores the issues around taking street play initiatives forward in disadvantaged areas.

In Toronto, Ryerson University has been undertaking a research study alongside Earth Day Canada’s Toronto StreetPLAY Pilot Project to determine:

  • Does StreetPLAY bring kids out to play?
  • Is the play of good value and is it inclusive?
  • Does StreetPLAY encourage community building?
  • How does StreetPLAY accommodate local commuting needs?

Learn more about Earth Day Canada’s Toronto StreetPLAY Pilot Project