Placemaking for Active Recreation at the MOVING People – MOVING Europe Conference
Placemaking for Active Recreation session featured during the international Moving People – Moving Europe Conference organized by International Sport and Culture Association, presented a full package of resources of how to promote physical activity in public spaces and shared inspiring stories from the pilot actions.
The session focused on how to reveal the opportunities of public spaces for sport for all and offered specific tools to engage the public in an urban setting. Moderated by Laska Nenova from BG Be Active, the session started with the introduction of the Placemaking for Active Recreation concept and potential of placemaking to “incorporate deep participation focusing on the local community’s potential to co-create high quality public spaces to bolster sense of belonging, well-being, cohesion, health, and happiness”. She also presented the Placemaking for Active Recreation Approachto invite the activists, practitioners and organisation to shape their public spaces for physical activity.
Anna Bradley from Placemaking Europe highlighted the research conducted to demonstrate the link between placemaking and physical activity, pointing out that a combination of both “creates democratic space for movement, healthy communities in a sustainable urban world, and community cohesion”. She also stressed the PARK’s potential to connect neighbours & citizens, change social norms to include all genders, and optimize available space with flexible micro-interventions.
Nora Stefanova (Power Jump / BG Be Active) shared the learnings of testing the concept in one of the local communities in Varna and how the local community changed the Elin Pelin Park to make it more attractive for physical activity. Cynthia Debono (MOVE Malta) accentuated the need to combine a cultural aspect for the placemaking interventions and to implement pop-up activities to attract the community.
The session concluded with the advocacy recommendations from Ramon Marrades (Placemaking Europe) and Jacob Schouenborg (ISCA) to inspire the practitioners to use the resources and shape vibrant cities.
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.
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