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Our play spaces are highly valued across Canberra and we want to ensure they keep getting better as our city changes and grows.

The draft ACT Play Space Strategy sets the direction for the future of play spaces in the ACT. It will guide the forward planning, delivery and management of play spaces, ensuring an equitable, inclusive, diverse and engaging mix of play opportunities across Canberra.

We would love to hear from Canberra kids about what makes a play space happy, healthy, inclusive and sustainable via our kids corner.

You can also provide feedback on the draft strategy by:

The ACT Government is also currently seeking feedback on a proposed new destination play space for the inner north. Click here to learn more and provide feedback.

Both consultations close 14 December 2021.

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The ACT Government recognises the critical role and value of play in enriching the lives of Canberrans of all ages and creating a healthy, connected, vibrant and sustainable Canberra.

There are 515 publicly accessible play spaces across Canberra that are owned and managed by the ACT Government. These local neighbourhood, central community and district play spaces provide a variety of play opportunities that enable the multiple benefits of play.

Canberra has significantly more play spaces than the national average, at 6.7 playgrounds per 1,000 children under 15 compared with the Australian average of only 5.2.

Most residences in Canberra are within 400 metres of a local playground and this ease of access to a play space and the surrounding green space is highly valued by the community. However, many local play spaces in Canberra’s older suburbs have low play value because they cater to limited age ranges and lack the quality of play experience available in newer, larger play spaces.

The ACT Play Space Strategy will help guide a strategic approach to investment across the entire play space network to ensure Canberrans have equitable access to a mix of district, central and local neighbourhood playgrounds. It provides a clear vision, supported by key principles, objectives and actions to guide the future planning, delivery and management of play spaces in the ACT.

The strategy is informed by the 2018 citizen-led Better Suburbs Play Spaces Forum. It also builds on extensive community engagement with Canberrans across a range of ACT Government play space consultations and research projects while also contributing to the objectives of the ACT Wellbeing Framework.

We will use your views to

Your feedback will help us refine the draft strategy, to ensure it meets the needs of the community and key stakeholders now and into the future.