ePetition - Consult families and children on City playground upgrades
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Consult families and children on City playground upgrades
Planned redevelopments to 45 city playgrounds require additional consultation from local families and children regarding playground character, opportunities for play, and community needs. Planned refurbishments show elimination and reduction of sensory play opportunities (e.g., sand and natural underfoot materials), elimination and reduction of risky play (e.g., climbing structures, slides), reduction of free play opportunities, introduction of access issues, issues for families in supervising play across age groups, and reduced play for older children. These have potential to reduce cross-age play, reduce opportunities for play for older children, reduce encounters with natural materials vital for motor development, reduce vital child-directed imaginative play, and present challenges for caregivers in supervising play or joining in themselves. At the same time, play areas with degraded equipment are waiting for improvements. It is not clear that systematic consultation with families has been undertaken, nor that any consultation has been made with children themselves, as per UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Article 12 (Respect for the views of the child) and Article 31 (Leisure, play and culture).
This ePetition ran from 14/07/2021 to 20/10/2021 and has now finished.
278 people signed this ePetition.
Will be presented to Full Council at its meeting on 21 October 2021