LAPs, LEAPs, and NEAPs Playground Designs

LAPs

  • The Local Area for Play
  • Primarily for under-6’s
  • Within one minute walking time
  • Positioned by pedestrian route that is well used
  • Well-drained, reasonably flat site surface with grass or a hard surface
  • recommended minimum activity zone: 100 sq/m
  • Buffer zone of 5m minimum depth separatesactivity zone and nearest dwelling
  • May have a 600mm guard rail to indicate perimeter
  • requires a sign indicating the area is for children’s play and dogs are not welcome.

LAPs Playground Design

LEAPs

  • The Local Equipped Area for Play
  • For children who are beginning to go out and play independently
  • Within five minutes walking time
  • Positioned by pedestrian route that is well used
  • Well-drained, reasonably flat site surfaced with grass or a hard surface, along with appropriate surfacing for play equipment or structures
  • Recommended minimum activity zone is 400 sq m
  • Play equipment is an integral part of the LEAP
  • Buffer zone of 10m minimum depth separates activity zone and the boundary of nearest property, 20m minimum separates activity zone and habitable room facade of nearest dwelling
  • Stimulating, challenging play experience with provision for a minimum number of six play experiences is recommended
  • Adequate space for active play
  • Boundaries should be recognisable by landscaping, fencing may be necessary if the site adjoins one or more roads
  • Seating and litter bins provided
  • Requires a sign indicating the area is for children’s play and dogs are not welcome, contact details of facility operator and location of nearest telephone.

LEAP playground example

NEAPs

  • The Neighbourhood Equipped Area for Play
  • Mainly for older children but with play opportunities for younger children too
  • Within 15 minutes’ walk from home
  • Positioned by pedestrian route that is well used
  • Well-drained, reasonably flat site surfaced with grass or a hard surface, along with appropriate surfacing for play equipment or structures
  • Recommended minimum activity zone is 1000 sq m, comprising an area for play equipment and a hard surfaced area of at least 465 sq m
  • Buffer zone of 30m minimum depth separates activity zone and the boundary of the nearest property
  • Stimulating, challenging play experience with provision for a minimum number of nine play experiences is recommended
  • Adequate space for active play
  • Boundaries should be recognisable by landscaping, fencing, may be necessary if the site adjoins one or more roads
  • Seating and litter bins provided
  • Requires a sign indicating the area is for children’s play and dogs are not welcome, contact details of facility operator and location of nearest telephone
  • Convenient and secure parking facilities for bicycles should be provided

NEAP Playground Example