Inspired by the Bristol based Playing Out project (see playingout.net) we organise street play sessions in Battlefield. One section of a street is chosen and closed to through traffic. Residential access is permitted although it is stewarded.
This leaves a great big space for free and spontaneous lively and energetic outdoor play right beside children’s homes which is their first natural step to independence. The Battlefield sessions have been busy and playful and fun and not just for children. Closing the street to cars turns the public street space usually dominated by cars into a great community meeting point and there have been many connections made across generations.