Play Streets make play space available by temporarily opening local streets up for play and restricting vehicle traffic so kids, parents and neighbours can play outside and get to know one another.
Play Streets temporarily restrict vehicle traffic on quiet local streets, so that children and parents can be active, socially connect, and PLAY in their neighbourhood. Picture cones or some sort of moveable safety barrier, balls and chalk and people out the front of their houses chatting and enjoying each others company.
Vehicle movement is temporarily restricted on small and quiet residential streets during daylight hours, a cul-de-sac is an ideal location. The events are designed and planned by the residents with the support of council, and are intended to be low-cost and low-stress so everyone can have fun.
Play is vital for our health and happiness - we want to get our kids out exploring and being active.
Play is essential for our cognitive, physical, social and emotional development. It builds fundamental physical literacy, fosters creativity and innovation and builds our ability to identify and manage risk.
Play contributes to not only children’s lives but also the well-being of whānau and wider community.
We believe that everyone has a role in growing the amount of play that our communities enjoy.
Play is where tamariki practice life.
Anyone can organise a Play Streets event. They are often organised by a group of neighbours, a school, or a community group, e.g. Scouts. Whoever is leading the Play Street event will need to get permission from the council.
Te Waka Tākaro – the Hastings Play trailer can also be booked for your Play Street activation.
Below are the typical characteristics of a Play Street based on experiences from New Zealand and internationally:
Please see the ‘Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Code of Practice for Play Streets’ in the related documents section above
For further information give us a call on 06 871 5000 or email us at email@example.com
We require 10 working days' notice to process the application and give approval.
Your Play Street should be fun, therefore it is important to think about how to keep everyone safe while playing on the street. The hazards common to most Play Street events are set out below. Please add any other hazards that you can think of, as well as the steps to address them, and agree who is responsible for each step.
Your health and safety plan should be developed and discussed with your organising team and form part of the briefing for the event marshals. (HDC can supply a Play Streets H&S template)
Have you got a play idea for your community? We can help you make it happen! We will work with you to discuss, develop and resource play projects and interventions.
Get in touch to grow play in your neighbourhood today!
Disclaimers and Copyright
While every endeavour has been taken by the Hastings District Council to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up to date, Hastings District Council shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of information on this website. Information contained has been assembled in good faith. Some of the information available in this site is from the New Zealand Public domain and supplied by relevant government agencies. Hastings District Council cannot accept any liability for its accuracy or content. Portions of the information and material on this site, including data, pages, documents, online graphics and images are protected by copyright, unless specifically notified to the contrary. Externally sourced information or material is copyright to the respective provider.
© Hastings District Council - / +64 6 871 5000 / firstname.lastname@example.org