The consultation is an important part of the city’s updated play policy ‘Taking Play Forward’ which was approved in May 2016. It is being launched with this summer’s Shine programme of activities for five to 18 year olds and asks young people what they would like to see take place, whether new equipment or other improvements.
The consultation includes City of York Council and Parish Council-controlled play areas and will influence how £265,000 of funding will be spent on playground improvements in 2017/18. Around £30,000 has already been allocated towards the replacement skatepark in Rowntree Park.
Suggestions are invited from children, young people, parents or carers and their ideas will be considered by a multi agency panel, including young people themselves. Photos or drawings are also welcomed. A final list of schemes will be forwarded to the Executive Member for approval and prizes of play and sports equipment to use in outdoor play areas are available for the best ideas.
Cllr Keith Aspden, Deputy Leader of City of York Council with responsibility for Economic Development and Community Engagement said: “Community consultation will place a hugely important part in the development of the ‘Taking Play Forward’ strategy and will help further each child’s right to access inclusive, quality and local opportunities to play. By understanding what young people really want we’ll be able to use this funding to provide what matters to them.
“The Shine brochure, targeted at children and young people over the summer holidays is the ideal way to launch the consultation and we’re looking forward to seeing all the ideas.”
Details of the consultation have been included in 16,000 free copies of Shine which have been distributed to all schools in York.
Ideas and suggestions are welcomed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, sending ideas to Tim Waudby, City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York YO1 6GA or calling 01904 553426 by Friday 2 September. A pack to help inspire ideas is available to children and young people on request. Further information and updates about play area ideas are available on www.shineyork.wordpress.com
For more information about the Shine programme look out for the brochure from schools, pick up a copy from libraries or search online at www.yor-ok.org.uk/shine