Hooray! Following nearly 3 years of campaigning Edinburgh Playing Out is delighted to announce that the City of Edinburgh Council have approved the scheme under the name ‘Edinburgh Play Streets’. Applications to close your street during the summer holidays need to be filled in as soon as possible as the deadline is the 14th June. […]Read more "Edinburgh Playing Out is now council policy – get applying for your street today!"
Today we have fantastic news – the council have made the playing out scheme a permanent policy! This is what we have been working towards for over 2 years. The vote was unanimous and we had a secret weapon – 7 year old Bernard directly addressed the committee about why he wants playing out. I […]Read more "Edinburgh Playing Out approved"
It was a great afternoon with lots of local families from surrounding streets enjoying the space. During the afternoon there were various people going and getting friends who lived nearby which was nice to see. With the street being transformed as a play space children explored the play-potential of the whole street. Again, the street […]Read more "Harden Place Playing Out June 2017"
The day dawned bright and fair with preparations for the afternoon starting early. The Road Closed barriers went up on Fountainhall Road at 10.00am and apart from residents moving their cars off the road and stall holders delivering their goods the road was quiet until 5.00pm. Local children came out early and made use of […]Read more "Grange Fair – Community Fun Afternoon – 14 May 2016"
As a cul-de-sac, we are lucky to be able to use the street for impromptu chats and play times on any day of the week, just keeping vigilant for cars as we do it. However, when a few of us became aware of the Playing Out campaign through a friend and through their social […]Read more "Hartington Place Party"
Playing Out is something I heard about from friends in London. Being a Londoner now living in Edinburgh I was aggrieved I was missing out on what seemed like a wonderful opportunity. Closing your street for free and allowing all the residents to come out and chat, interact and the children to play. I was […]Read more "Abbotsford Crescent Playing Out Sunday 10th April 2016"
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of playing outside is the Weather! eventually I come to accept, it’s out with my control and remember the well worn phrase about just having the right clothes for the weather. The next thing that comes up for me is the concern that I’ll be the […]Read more "Parkgrove Playing Out come rain come shine – Sun 10th April"
We played out last Sunday afternoon for 3 hours and it was a fantastic experience, even the sun came out to play! We closed a 200 metre stretch of the road, so we positioned stewards at either end and one ‘free ranger’ to help escort cars. This was the first time we had done playing […]Read more "Playing Out in Ross Gardens 10th April 2016"
Thanks to the good people of Children in Scotland we have an article in this month’s magazine, you can read it in full here: PLAYINGOUTCiSRead more "Children in Scotland"
How to apply for a closure Holding a play or social event on your street can be a great way of encouraging children to be more active. Children love unstructured play and closing a street to traffic allows freedom to run, skip, cycle and meet with other kids of all ages. Adults can join in […]Read more