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Support for Equal Play campaign as figures show London is UK's second worst region for play provision
Strategic Lead – Facilities and Urban Spaces, Chris Donkin, gives London Sport's support to the Association of Play Industries' 'Equal Play' campaign and explains why outdoor public parks are so important for children's activity levels.
Public parks and play areas are essential local assets and rightly remain a focus of local conversations.
That London children have access to almost five times fewer public playgrounds than their Scottish peers and the UK’s second worst play provision with 866 children per playground is shocking and upsetting.
Most concerningly though, is that these figures do not come as a surprise. In London, more than half of children and young people don’t complete the recommended 60 minutes of activity every day.
The figure is even higher for Black children while Office for National Statistics figures show that Black people in London are almost four times less likely to have access to a private garden.
This places even greater reliance for these communities on free, outdoor spaces and playground to enjoy the numerous physical and mental benefits of regular physical activity.
For these reasons, London Sport works with local communities to support the development of park facilities, including play areas, to promote more engagement in physical activity and sport.
At Hartington Park in Haringey, we’re developing spaces for children and young people to be active as well as creating resources to empower local communities to lead change locally.
Residents are best placed to decide what they want and where, with organisations like ours providing support with attracting financial resources and expertise to enable such developments.
Even then, our work is incomplete.