The Association of Play Industries (API) has welcomed the £13m government pledge to help improve Britain’s parks but says a sustained commitment is needed to offset years of decline.
A social & health investment
Hardy points out “We need a clear, unequivocal and long-term commitment to play and activity in the UK and the benefits it brings to young people. An investment now of £100m would provide a further 1,600 playgrounds and play spaces – which is only a 10 per cent rise on the number that local authorities reported to be running in 2011. However, the long-term savings made by government in terms of children’s physical and mental health and the cohesion of communities, would far offset this relatively modest investment.”