Game changer: radical plan to close streets for cars, so children can kick the footy and ride their scooters
- A council from Sydney is planning to close streets for children to play outside
- The plan aims to encourage children to play outside more than to stay indoors
- The play-street trial is intended to give an impulse to the urban urbanization and recreation needs
Bianca Bongato for Daily Mail Australia
A council from Sydney has proposed a plan to close streets so that children can spend more time outdoors.
Quiet streets are temporarily closed on weekends to tempt children from their bedrooms and away from their game consoles.
The Inner West Council intends to launch the street-play trial to address the increase in young families living closer to the city.
& # 39; The idea of & # 39; playgrounds & # 39; is to give our children a taste of the kind of game we remember from our childhood – by providing a safe and fun outdoor play area for children in a homely environment just outside the front door, & # 39; council member Anna York told Sydney Morning Herald.
A council from Sydney has proposed a plan to close streets so that children can spend more time outdoors (stock image)
She added that the plan would also offer a solution for young families with a small backyard.
Two streets in the south of Sydney are closed for traffic from two to three hours on Sunday from April or May.
The council has asked residents to propose possible streets for the play street program and has received more than 30 proposed locations.
Mignon Green, a resident and mother of three, responded positively to the play street program and even suggested Camden Street in Enmore as a possible location.
We said it would not be great if the kids could step on the common room to kick the footy and ride their scooters, but we can not because of the car's, & # 39; she said.
The program has been tested and tested in Great Britain and the United States to combat childhood obesity and help communities that do not have park space.
The program has been tried and tested in Great Britain and the United States to combat childhood obesity and help communities without park space (stock image)
Mignon Green, a resident and mother of three, responded positively to the play street program and even suggested Camden Street in Enmore as a possible location (photo)
Communities in Victoria such as Glenroy, Kensington and Carlton have also embraced the concept through a series of pilot play streets & # 39; to organize and help other suburbs to launch their own.
The Victorian suburbs are supported by VicHealth and Co Design Studio, a Melbourne-based consulting firm that encourages people to build safer, more friendly neighborhoods.
New York was the first city to launch a Play Streets program in 1914.