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.