Young people and parks

Children, Play and Nature Committee

As children become adolescents, we watch them move from settings of play to places to socialise, be with their peers, or be alone. They want to explore more opportunities for risktaking and challenge. These experiences are developmentally necessary for adolescents, contributing to their discovery of identity and belonging (UN General Comment No. 20, 2016).

As Park Managers, we have the opportunity and responsibility to champion the importance of parks for young people as places which enable these experiences. To do this we need to understand more about the needs of young people, involve them in the design of parks, consider their needs while organising programs, and manage strategies that focus on encouraging their access to parks

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