Regular play streets
Hackney is home of London’s play street revival. In 2011, with support from London Play and Hackney Play Association, this was the first borough in London to invite residents to open their streets for play. But there is always room for more play streets! See how to apply below.
No deadlines for applications, but they usually take around 8-10 weeks to process.
A few hours, weekly or monthly
The council asks that applicants sign up as many supporters as possible. There is no defined proportion but you should be looking to demonstrate a good level of support.
Signage is provided by the council. Hackney Play Association offers free support to residents and schools on the practicalities of organising play streets.
Try before you buy – run a trial play street
Want to run a trial play street? Perhaps on Car Free Day or another day? You can! Find out if a play street is for you and your neighbours before committing to regular sessions by having a one-off event. Apply using a street party application; details below.
By the way…
Councils are liable to change dates, process and contact details. We try hard to keep this page updated but if you notice that something is not right, please let us know!