Category : Active Streets



Playing out – Call to Arms

Kings Heath Centre for Space Exploration is once again coordinating efforts to organise a series of Playing out events for National Playday on 6th August 2014.  In 2014 we are looking to double the number of streets closed to traffic, open to play, from 3 last year, to more than 6 this year.  Happening, as it does, two days after the centenary of the start of World War One, we will begin the day with a game of football near the war memorial on Wheelers Lane – see more here.

Our next meeting is 9:15 Thursday 22nd May Kitchen Garden Cafe, Kings Heath.

“Playing Out” is street play led by neighbours for neighbours and only publicized within the immediate streets.  Residents close their road to traffic for a couple of hours, usually around the time children are coming home from school. This gives safety and freedom of movement to young and old alike, with volunteer stewards at each road closure point to redirect traffic.

Playing out is about free, unstructured play and people usually bring their own toys. Children are given the space and permission to play in the street, whilst adults have the chance to meet and get to know their neighbors better and experience a car-free street.

Here’s how it looked last year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TFRfZS2TAE 

Ingredients for playing out:

1 residential street
1 organiser
1 helper
4 or more stewards
neighbours and children
The Playing Out website

The streets that have expressed an interest so far are Albert Road, Bank Street, Goldsmith Road, Lewis Road, Peacock Road, Wheelers Lane, Woodville Road, Valentines Road.

Playing out is supported by Birmingham City Council (arranging Road closures, Fair Brum support), Amey (diversion signs etc), Musicmakers (short music workshops), Kings Heath Library (storytelling workshops)and Parks4Play (creative inclusive play support).

For further background information, the Birmingham Social Inclusion Process White Paper, ‘Making Birmingham an Inclusive City’, includes recommendations around developing more open spaces and developing a “Right to Play” campaign. You can download this document from the Fairbrum blog.

If you’d like to keep updated with the project, please visit or join the organisers google group mailing list.  Here’s a few photos from last year:

 

20th May 2014  |  Marcus Belben




Organise for playing out

It was a rainy day, but didn’t dampen resolve on Kings Heath Square to close more streets next year and open them for play.

We were well supported by Parks for Play and Hall Green Arts, providing a range of creative activities, and two previous street coordinators were there to answer questions over a cuppa from All Saints Cafe.  Sue from Fairbrum and Jenny, newly in post from Sustrans, were also there to answer questions and support new street playouts in the new year.

Here’s a few photos from the day:

Blowing bubbles and making wishes for next year

Blowing bubbles and making wishes for next year

Making wind socks with Janet Hetherington

Making wind socks with Janet Hetherington

Making a noise on the square

Making a noise on the square

 

Magic willow wands

Magic willow wands

Louise and Lucia meet new playing out organisers

Louise and Lucia meet new playing out organisers

 

Playing in the car ready for conversion to street cinema

Playing in the car ready for conversion to street cinema

 

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2nd November 2013  |  Marcus Belben




Playing Out good news!

There’s lots of good news on the Playing Out events being planned for Wednesday 7 August on Albert Road and Goldsmith Road in Kings Heath.  Birmingham City Council, are waiving road closure fees and Public Liability Insurance is being covered by the Police. Also there has been an offer of a music practitioner from Hall Green Arts, and Play workers from Parks for Play.  A contact of the Albert Road group has offered to provide the road closure signs and barriers.

Also, I have had a call today from a Woodville Road resident interested in organising an event there, so Woodville will be going on the Closure Application form too. They will be attempting to put together a residents group to make their event happen. If anyone not already involved in an event would feel able to help out on Woodville on the day, please let me know and I will put you in touch with them.

12th June 2013  |  John Hill-Daniel




Playing Out Video

A great video showing explaining the Playing Out idea in action!

[fve]http://vimeo.com/30483877[/fve]

7th May 2013  |  John Hill-Daniel




Playing out in Birmingham

The Kings Heath Centre for Space Exploration is coordinating efforts to organise one or more ‘Playing Out‘ events for National Play Day, which is Wednesday 7 August 2013.

“Playing Out” is after-school street play led by neighbours for neighbours and only publicised within the immediate streets.  Residents close their road to traffic for a couple of hours, usually around the time children are coming home from school. This gives safety and freedom of movement to young and old alike, with volunteer stewards at each road closure point to redirect traffic.

The emphasis is on free, unstructured play and people usually bring their own toys. Children are simply given the space and permission to play in the street, whilst adults have the chance to meet and get to know their neighbours better and experience a car-free street.

Ingredients for playing out:

1 residential street
1 organiser
1 helper
4 or more stewards
neighbours and children
The Playing Out website

In Bristol, where the scheme originated, the council has now introduced Temporary Play Street (TPS) Orders which allow a group of residents to close a road on a regular basis, cost-free for up to a year.

Along with Birmingham City Council, Dens of Equality, Birmingham Play Care Network and other local organisations, our longer term ambition is that the city council introduce TPS orders here, to help bring back street play to our city.

Our first step is to consult with residents on roads that we think well-suited to trialing the scheme.  Initially, we are inviting residents of Albert Road, Drayton Road, Gaddesby Road, Goldsmiths Road, Highbury Road, Woodville Road and Westfield Road to attend one of two public meetings that will be held at the Marjorie Allen Room, All Saints Centre, at noon on Wednesday 8th May, and at 6:30 pm on Thursday 9th May.

For further background information, the Birmingham Social Inclusion Process White Paper, ‘Making Birmingham an Inclusive City’, includes recommendations around developing more open spaces and developing a “Right to Play” campaign. You can download this document from the Fairbrum blog.

If you’d like to keep updated with the project, please visit or join the organisers google group mailing list.

29th April 2013  |  John Hill-Daniel