Playgrounds to open on July 4th!
Wicksteed is over the moon at the news that playgrounds are to open once again on July 4th. We know it’s been an incredibly tough time for all but hopefully, this wonderful news gives children and parents/carers something to really smile about.
Congratulation to the API – and let’s hear it for the Government as well because they have made a really smart move!
Boris Johnson and his Ministers have shown that like every parent, they understand that play is not just for a sunny day.
PLAY IS FOR LIFE!
Helen Clark, Lead Author, The All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood
The Association of Play Industries (API) has welcomed the statement today from the Prime Minister that playgrounds in England are to be re-opened. The announcement was made shortly after the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government consulted the API for their views on what support and guidance Government could provide for playgrounds to re-open.
We’re delighted that the Government has listened to our campaign and realised the crucial role that public playgrounds have in our communities. Millions of children have found the months of lockdown physically and mentally harsh, so now is the time to prioritise children’s outdoor play and activity
Our message to the Government is: act now to prevent children from becoming the victims of the pandemic aftermath. Active kids become active adults, so prioritising the future of free-to-all public playgrounds is paramount in preventing obesity and fostering good mental health.
Mark Hardy, Chair, Association of Play Industries