The City Centre Masterplan is supporting Aberdeen City Council’s effort to become a Unicef Child Friendly City – a place where all children, including the most vulnerable, feel safe, heard and nurtured.
In June 2017 more than 120 school pupils took part in a workshop at Harlaw Academy to explore ideas for making their city a safe and welcoming place for youngsters aged 3-18 years.
The feedback was shared with Council officers and partners involved in Masterplan project delivery.
There were lots of requests for “more colour” in the city. Suggestions ranged from “a coloured water fountain” to “painting pavements to look more colourful” to “lights on Union Street all year round”.
Trampolines and swimming pools were popular requests. Ideas for attractions included “open air movies”, “an aquarium” and a “petting zoo”. Children also wish to see more in the way of concerts and festivals.
Pupils were keen on informal play space, including artificial turf for football and a netball court. There was a call for “climbing holds on walls/sides of buildings” and one pupil imagined a supply of large play blocks “so we can make our own statues”.
Children want their city to be inclusive. “Disability friendly play equipment” and “a sensory park” were among the ideas as well with more lifts and ramps to aid movement.
There were calls for “signs at child friendly height – use pictures instead of words”, “outdoor comfy furniture”, “gardens in the city centre for growing food”, and “a no-cars zone”.