Healthy Play For All Ages In Public Open Spaces

Authored by: Lamine Mahdjoubi , Ben Spencer

The Routledge Handbook Of Planning For Health And Well-Being

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138023307
eBook ISBN: 9781315728261
Adobe ISBN: 9781317542407

10.4324/9781315728261.ch10

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Abstract

Play in outdoor environments can make a positive contribution to the well-being of all – from children to those in later life. This chapter will establish the benefits of play in public urban environments such as streets and open spaces. It will show how play can increase levels of physical fitness across different age and social groups, improving and sustaining people’s quality of life and independence well into older age. To date, this field of study has been dominated by a piecemeal age and gender specific approach. We seek to provide a more holistic appreciation focusing on the characteristics of urban environments that are conducive to outdoor play and the many health and well-being benefits that result. In this context, play is something possible throughout the course of a person’s life.

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