Play Streets Onkaparinga
Families throughout the southern suburbs are embracing play and local children are enjoying the opportunity to ride their bikes, scooters and skateboards on the road without fear of cars coming.
1000 Play Streets is a Play Australia initiative designed to reclaim quiet residential streets across Australia as places for neighbours of all ages to connect and play regularly, and to ultimately improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.
Sessions run for approximately two hours and include the use of sporting equipment such as bats, balls, hula hoops and skipping ropes. Council works with hosts in planning their sessions and takes care of the necessary permits and insurances, arranges traffic management plans and helps ensure the sessions meet COVID-safe practices.
The information on this page will provide you with details on what’s involved in hosting your Play Street and how to get started.
What do I need to host a Play Street?
- A key resident (or residents) to be the driving force behind the Play Street
- Read the Play Streets Guide(PDF, 1MB)
- Time to organise the Play Street (you will need to advise council of your event date two months in advance to allow time to gain appropriate approvals)
- Support from your neighbours
- A street that is able to be closed for a short period of time (less than 4 hours)
- Must be a small, local street (less than 1000 vehicles per day)
- Does not have a bus route on it
- No intersections or roundabouts in the closed area
- An easy, alternative route can be provided
- No road/footpath works are scheduled at time of event.
- Residents from your street that are willing to be designated traffic marshals for the event. Their role is to install and remove the road closure signage, stand at the end of the road closure to monitor traffic, escort local resident cars entering or exiting the road closure area.
- A resident who is willing to be COVID-19 Marshal. Please refer to SA Health guidelines for details on current COVID-19 requirements and restrictions in place when planning your Play Street.
How much does it cost?
There are no fees charged by council to host a Play Street. It just takes your time to plan & coordinate and manage the street closure on the day.
What do I need to consider when planning the event?
Your event needs to:
- Be no more than four hours long.
- Be held during daylight hours.
- Have support from neighbours.
- Be open to local street residents.
- Have an application signed and submitted 8 weeks prior to the event date to ensure enough time for road closure approval.
- Not include the sale of alcohol or other forms of trading.
- Always remain accessible to emergency vehicles (no large structures set up on the street).
What support will I receive from council?
The City of Onkaparinga supports Play Streets as a way to build community spirit. We will support you by:
- Assigning a dedicated community connections officer who will act as your main contact within council and support you every step of the way in planning your event.
- Providing you and your event with appropriate Public Liability Insurance
- Waiving permit fees and road closure advertising costs
- Developing a Traffic Management Plan, coordinating permits, advertising the road closure and supplying road closure signage.
- Providing a short 2-3 minute online training session for your event marshals.
- Loaning traffic control devices and signs
- Loaning sporting equipment such as bats, balls and fun activities
- Freebies such as chalk, frisbees and skipping ropes.
Would you like to have your street closed to host a Halloween celebration with your neighbours? It's a great way to play with the kids and have fun together!
Applications are now closed.
Play Streets Guide(PDF, 1MB)
Street gathering event application form(PDF, 505KB)
For more information please contact Leeza Peters, Community Connections Officer – Play Streets, on 0401 104 780 or email email@example.com
See our Youtube clips to learn more about Play Streets Onkaparinga.
This project is funded under the South Australian Government Statewide Wellbeing Strategy, led by Wellbeing SA.