The British government and society have always attached great importance to the construction of children's play space. In addition to conducting a lot of research and investment on formal playgrounds such as children's playgrounds and school playgrounds, the UK also attaches great importance to informal game spaces such as streets, communities, and urban public spaces, and has carried out rich practical explorations.
Since the 1940s, the UK has been building adventure playgrounds in communities and local areas. Compared to other countries, playgrounds and school playgrounds in the UK generally have more adventure elements, including more natural designs, such as sand, mud pits, tree stumps, tires, bricks and other "high-risk" items.
According to data, adventure playgrounds are more attractive. Compared with park amusement facilities, the physical activity of children and teenagers has increased by 16%-18%. Sand, grass, high swings and climbing structures attract children's attention for longer. More and more experts believe that exposure to controllable risks is a necessary experience in the development of children, which is conducive to helping children build qualities such as resilience and perseverance.
As a representative of adventure playgrounds, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground (Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground) in London provides children with a variety of open play options. Its most prominent feature is a full-size wooden pirate ship. As a climbing area for children, it is surrounded by sand for children to play in.
The Adventure Playground focuses on cultivating children's imagination and sense of adventure, and encourages them to challenge their physical and mental power. A notice was posted outside the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground,“This park will intentionally provide some risks to children Able to cultivate risk awareness in a controlled game environment, instead of taking similar risks in an uncontrolled and ruleless world."
Children's play activities are very random, sporadic and highly free. Urban construction should encourage children's play activities to occur, and allow play behavior to naturally penetrate every corner of the city. The city of Leeds in the United Kingdom has carried out valuable explorations in this regard. By setting up a pop-up park, children are encouraged to use more urban public spaces.