Last edited 21 Oct 2020

Playable space

Shaping neighbourhoods: Play and informal recreation, Supplementary planning guidance, published by the Mayor of London in September 2012, defines playable space as: ‘…one where children’s active play is a legitimate use of the space. Playable space typically includes some design elements that have ‘play value’: they act as a sign or signal to children and young people that the space is intended for their play. Playability is not just a matter of the physical characteristics of a space. It can also be influenced by social and cultural characteristics. For instance a space that is dominated by people hostile to children’s presence is not playable, whatever its physical characteristics.’

Incidental playable space is: '...a public space where recreational features such as landscaping or high quality public art make it playable.'

See also: Dedicated play space.

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