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New JU:MP play space opens in Fagley

19 June 2023

By: Emma Wragg - JU:MP Staff

The first outdoor green space in Bradford designed specifically for teenage girls is now open!

The green space in between Flawith Drive and Flaxton Green in Fagley now has parkour equipment, different areas of seating, and wildflower planting, and was co-designed after consultation and feedback from girls in the local community. We worked with teenage girls who live in Fagley and involved them in the design process for the green space.

The girls created mood boards and models to map out and visualise what they wanted to see from their local green space. We also worked alongside our amazing partners Make Space for Girls, Incommunities and Bradford Council to make it all happen.

Caroline Swain, Community Engagement Manager for JU:MP, said:

It’s been great to work on this – it is such an important first for Bradford and it’s just the beginning of the work we’re doing to create more spaces like this. As part of our research into parks and greenspaces, we found that adolescent girls in Yorkshire are less likely to use parks than boys.

We wanted to find out why, and see what we could do to help. We joined forces with our brilliant local partners for this project in Fagley to develop a green space that could be used to create more opportunities for older girls to hang out and be active.

The new play space is situated within existing public open space in Fagley which is owned by Incommunities. The play park will be managed by the housing association and is located next to a multi-use games area, and a play area for younger children.

We couldn’t possibly design and develop a green space without the help of the experts so we involved the girls aged 11 to 15 who lived nearby, and professionals with experience of designing parks. We held a series of workshops, so that we could work together to co-create a green space that would have elements chosen by the girls, but would be inclusive to all.

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