Urbanisation and pressure on indoor facilities elevates the role public space plays in our health and wellbeing. 54% of the world's population lives in urban areas, a proportion that will increase to 66% by 2050. 99% of Aotearoa's population growth has occured in urban areas.
The diversity of thought at the decision making table does not always reflect the make up of the community. Providing spaces for youth, all ethnicities, all ages to feel a sense of belonging is the essence to building a healthy community.
Young people, for example, prefer informal activities and 76% are motivated to be active for fun. Freely accessible, informal games and sport respond to this trend.
Traditional sports - Rugby, Cricket, Netball - are on the decline and more international sports - Basketball, Volleyball, Football - are growing. 3X3 Basketball, Futsal and Beach Volleyball are popular and growing alternatives that work well as public space activators.