Placemaking for Active Recreation Kit project partners organised the session as a part of the EU Week of Regions and Cities 2022 on October 11 with around 40 participants.
At the session led by BG Be Active, Laska Nenova presented the project idea and concept of placemaking for physical activity. The session followed with the showcases of the pilot tests from Malta (Cynthia Debono), Romania (Mihai Androhovici), Spain (Antonio Sánchez), and Bulgaria (Nora Stefanova). Each partner shared their learnings and insights into the approach and the process and focused on their successes.
Cynthia Debono accentuated the need to combine a cultural aspect for the placemaking interventions and to implement pop-up activities to attract the community. Mihai Androhovici focused on youth as a key driver for the changes and importance of the partnerships. In Spain Antonio Sánchez paid attention to the schools as a major stakeholder for the activities. Nora Stefanova concluded the pilot actions by highlighting the need for cross-sectoral partnerships and community engagement.
In the participatory session moderated by Saska Benedicic Tomat (ISCA) and Anna Bradley (Placemaking Europe), the participants had a chance to discuss in two groups the potential of physical activity in public spaces with a focus on activities, challenges, and partnerships.
While the partners are finalizing the resources, the final updates will be shared on our next event PARK Session at the MOVING People – MOVING Europe conference organised by ISCA on November 23. For more updates, check the website – PARK home – Placemaking for Active Recreation Kit (bgbeactive.org)
Placemaking for Physical Activity Toolbox is the project initiated by BG Be Active. The overall aim of the project is to link placemakers (grassroots urban designers) and grassroots sports organisations and professionals, and as a result create a common solution package that will support and enhance the capacities of both sectors and result in better programmes and places that facilitate physical activity in urbanised areas. The project is supervised by the expert partners Placemaking Europe and ISCA who also supported the pilot actions.
This project, led by BG Be Active, is funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.