School Grounds Open for Community Use

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More school grounds could be opened up in the evenings and at weekends for community use, following the successful introduction of these play times across the city.

The policy and resources committee will hear on Monday November 18 that 17 primary playgrounds have been used over the last two years, encouraging families to get out and get active.

Councillors will be told that vandalism at the schools has not increased after the gates were opened for this new use.

They will also hear that the development of a new dual use play facility is being planned for the site of the former St Vincent’s Primary.

Installation of security lighting and CCTV should be included in future developments, while all new school builds in the planning stage will have community access built into the design process.

Council leader Councillor John Alexander said: “Encouraging children and families to play outdoors is an important part of the city’s efforts to improve people's physical and mental wellbeing.

“I am pleased that the schools that have already opened for community use are popular places for people.

“Schools are an asset that we can use beyond the bell and this initiative allows children to play safely in great surroundings.

“I will be interested to see how this progresses as we take it forward.”

Children and families convener Councillor Stewart Hunter added: “Outdoor play is something we encourage through nurseries and schools as it is so beneficial to the development of children.

“I am pleased to see how this simple idea to open up school playgrounds has had such a positive impact and that these places are being enjoyed by many families."

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