Parks and open spaces include natural areas such as beaches, creeks, and forests as well as urban spaces such as sports fields, community gardens, and empty lots. They may have designated play equipment and/or water parks. Parks and open spaces are key settings for play and recreation. Spontaneous (or free) play in the natural environment is very important for children’s development and their connection with nature, yet it often occupies a small percentage of a child’s day.
Increased urbanization, safety concerns, scheduled activities, and use of technology are keeping children indoors more than ever before. Moreover, open spaces is diminishing due to competition for urban land.
Child and youth friendly communities have parks and open spaces that provide opportunities for adventurous play and involvement with nature. Parks are well maintained and designed to meet the needs and interests of children and youth. Ideally, children and youth are involved in park planning and activities.
PARKS & NATURE
UNCRC and PARKS & NATURE
Article 3 is about what is best for children
Adults should always make a decision by considering what is in the best interest of the child.
Article 12 is about the views of the child
Children and young people have a right to participate in all matters affecting them, and those views should be given due weight “in accordance with the age and maturity of the child”.
Article 15 is about having friends
Children and youth have the right to be with friends and join or set up clubs, unless this interferes with the rights of others.
Article 31promotes the benefits of play
Children and youth have the right to play and relax by doing things like sports, music and drama.
Article 42 reminds us to learn about rights
All adults and children should know about this convention. Children and youth have a right to learn about their rights and adults should learn about them too.
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."
Albert Einstein, Physicist