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A local German authority is converting streets into safe play areas for children

Innovative response

The district office of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg has opened up 30 streets on Sundays for the creation of temporary playgrounds.

Specific issues addressed and anticipated impact

The district office will establish temporary play streets to help create free space in the district. They provide public roads so that children have more space to move with scooters, bicycles or to play with chalk in the street.

Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg is one of the most densely populated urban areas in Europe. With only 6.4 m2 of green space per inhabitant, the public spaces and especially the playgrounds and parks fill up very quickly. Therefore, this initiative will help satiate children's urge to move and play in a new space, but in as safe a way as possible.

In order to make the play street operation as safe as possible from traffic and COVID-19 transmission, the help of residents is needed. At least seven people are needed to take care of the streets during the opening times and ensure compliance with distance rules through friendly communication.

On some of the streets in question, the Roads and Green Areas Office will set up tankers and / or water dispensing stations so that the suffering trees can also be helped through joint neighborhood watering campaigns.

Organisations/institutions involved

Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Germany

Issues being addressed:

  • Governance responses

Date Submitted:

23 June 2020