It's about more than play.
It's about community.
Remember playing street cricket all summer long? Being the best in the street at hula hoop or hopscotch?
Our children deserve those memories too. Those memories, those friendships, and that chance to be active.
What's a Play Street?
Play Streets make play spaces by temporarily closing streets to through traffic - just like a street party - so kids and parents can play outside.
They make everyday play and exercise fun and easy, and lead to friendlier neighbourhoods.
Whether it runs once, every school holidays, or every Wednesday after school, a Play Street can work for your neighbourhood.
How's it work?
Your street can be a Play Street, too.
Our free step-by-step guide and templates are now available for download. These resources will help make hosting a Play Streets event easy and fun so you and your kids can spend less time planning and more time playing.
If you get to the end of the kit and feel you need a bit more help, get in touch with us: email@example.com.
You and your neighbours are the most important part of any Play Street!
You can even involve your parents group, local school, playgroup or Scouts and Guides groups for extra hands on deck.
Behind the scenes, Play Streets Australia is an initiative of CoDesign Studio, with funding support from VicHealth through its inaugural Physical Activity Innovation Challenge. Heartfelt thanks also to the City of Melbourne for hosting and supporting the pilot Play Streets.
The Play Streets Toolkit
The Play Streets Toolkit has been prepared by CoDesign Studio with the support of VicHealth and the Victorian communities of Glenroy, Kensington and Carlton, as well as their councils, who kindly hosted a series of pilot Play Streets.
We have a number of templates to help you host your own Play Streets. Check with your local authority and feel free to use or adapt these to create your very own Play Street that best meets your neighbourhood's needs.
Play Streets are fun, friendly and safe
The Play Streets community
Play Streets Australia is a community effort, put together by people who care about neighbourhoods, children's health and social inclusion. The first trial Play Street in Kensington, VIC is the result of many helping hands.
A big thank you to everyone for being involved!
CoDesign Studio is a Melbourne-based social enterprise dedicated to community-led neighbourhood reinvention, tactical urbanism and placemaking. CoDesign Studio founded Play Streets in 2014.
VicHealth is dedicated to getting more Victorians engaged in physical activity. Play Streets is a product of the VicHealth Physical Activity Innovation Challenge, which encourages flexible, social and less structured ways to get active.
A big thank you to our partners for being involved in the first Play Streets trials.
City of Melbourne
City of Melbourne was proud to host the Play Streets trial in Kensington.
Need a hand?
We know that it’s not always easy to get a new idea off the ground or do it right the first time around.
CoDesign Studio is here to help. We offer a range of services for communities and Councils to help make your Play Streets a success.
Get in touch with us to talk about your community's needs.