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Child Friendly Streets- Cardiff Parklets

Child Friendly Cardiff Strategy sets out a range of actions to embed children’s rights and improve the lives of children and young people in the city.
One of the success measures in goal 5 states ‘The built environment and transport strategies support social interaction between children and young people, contributing to their overall health and wellbeing.’
As part of this action we would like to work with residents and partners to develop a network of Parklets.
Our approach is to transform parking spaces into people places.

What is a Parklet?
A parklet is an extended platform over a parking space, and includes public seating, landscaping, and at times bike parking. They are typically designed and built in partnership with local partners, such as non-profits, residents and businesses. Parklets provide public spaces for people to sit, relax, and socialise.
A residential parklet can be used both as a resting point for people, and a play area for children. Parklets are typically stewarded by local partners, but are free and open for any member of the public to use.
Advertising, table service, and other commercial activities are not permitted, however partners will be recognised by way of signage on the Parklet.

Parklet goals
•Expand public space – Parklets provide places for people to sit, relax, and enjoy the city
•Foster social life – Create welcoming, year-round public spaces through partnerships
•Support local – Attract people to the location with unique seating and a variety of community activities
•Widen pavements – Increase space for people to walk where pavements are narrow or congested
•Build sustainably – Source low impact, reusable materials with planted features
If you would like to get involved in our Parklet Project, or have any suggestions for locations to take over a parking bay in Cardiff, please get in touch.