The bold goal of Play Streets is to listen and respond to our community's request for play! Play is vital for our health and happiness and Play Streets get our tamariki out exploring their neighbourhood and being active. Play is where tamariki practice life.
Play Streets is an international movement where communities close quiet residential streets to allow for neighbours to interact and play freely outside their doors.
It started with talking with communities to better understand their experiences of play in our neighbourhoods. From this engagement we’ve documented our insights and findings in a report, Takaro to play. The report includes local data, insights from whanau and recommendations about how to make Lower Hutt a city which invites tamariki and rangatahi to play.
Residents discuss holding a Play Street with their neighbours first, testing the idea and when might be a good time to give it a go. Once the details are agreed with the residents on the street, they apply for a Community Road Closure. Some apply to hold a one-off session while others choose to do a regular weekly or monthly event. On the day, neighbours close the road to traffic using official signs and barriers and the children take over the space for play.
Upcoming Play Streets are listed on the Active in the Hutt website.