Open Spaces Strategy
Types of open spaces
Open space includes the following typologies:
- Local parks and gardens - high quality, specially designed, formally managed sites. Often include equipped play areas, outdoor fitness and sporting facilities. Offer opportunities for informal recreation and community events.
- Play areas for children - spaces designed for children between 0 to 8 yrs, usually requiring parental supervision. Play equipment ranges but often includes swings, slides and climbing frames. Provide opportunities for play and social interaction.
- Provision for young people (9 yrs - late teens) - Facilities aimed at young people and teens such as multi-use games areas, skateboard areas and BMX tracks. Often intended for unsupervised play.
- Allotments and community schemes - Opportunities for people to grow their own fruit and vegetables. Improve health, wellbeing and social inclusion
- Churchyard and cemeteries - Offer opportunities for quiet contemplation and often wildlife conservation.
- Natural and semi natural green space - open, natural spaces with lower land management. Usually include nature reserves and woodlands. Provide wildlife habitats and promote conservation, environmental education and awareness.
- Amenity greenspace - Grassed areas providing opportunities for informal activities close to home or work.
- Blue and green infrastructure – outdoor networks including cycleways, footpaths, bridleways and river corridors. Provide routes for walking, cycling and /or horse riding, whether for leisure or travel; they provide freedom of movement and habitats for wildlife.
- Civic spaces - Market squares, war memorials and other areas that provide a setting for civic buildings, public demonstrations and community events.