Safe Play Lanes Pilot Project

Cardiff Council, Cardiff University and Grange Pavilion would like to work with residents to improve two lanes in Grangetown to create welcoming, safe and green spaces.


In recent years has there been a concerted effort to clean up the lanes and alleyways in Cardiff. Until recently, many instances of fly-tipping went unreported and lanes became often impassable, un-appealing, and unsafe spaces not just for children, but for all residents. There has been a marked improvement in lanes/alleyways cleared of fly-tipping, with better reporting, better reactive measures, and more importantly, improvement in preventative measures. These include pedestrianised lanes to stop vehicles from dumping rubbish, and overall greater vigilance and reporting systems implemented by Cardiff Council.


The above improvements have created the conditions for going a step further; creating Child Friendly play spaces. Cardiff Council and partners in Grangetown have the opportunity to pilot a transformation project in some of Grangetown’s rear lanes, to create safe and fun spaces for children and communities to connect and play, ensuring Article 31 (right to rest, leisure, and play) of the UNCRC is enabled and embodied in Cardiff communities.


The overall objective is to create fun, safe spaces for children and residents to enjoy, by reclaiming the space and making the environment more welcoming and safe. This project will focus on Grangetown as a pilot, with a view to wider expansion if successful.




  1. To transform a number of lanes in Grangetown into Child Friendly spaces for play and recreation.
  2. To empower residents and improve community cohesion through intergenerational action.
  3. To create more spatial play equality in Grangetown.
  4. Children have more safe spaces to play in.



  • Liaise with local residents and community organisations on shaping the project.
  • Local arts organisations and individuals will contribute to the overall look and feel of the play lanes.
  • Community Gateway will create a toolkit for wider application in the city.
  • Grangetown Youth Forum are consulted throughout the project build.
  • Resident to identify potential lanes for development.
  • School workshops / activity sheets to discover children’s ideas of play and recreation, and to begin designing play lanes.



  • A number of lanes become safer and a more child friendly environment.
  • Increase opportunity for children to play safely.
  • Families worry less when children are playing.
  • Anti-social behaviours are reduced.


How to become involved:

Email to:

1. Nominate your lane for transformation

2. Join our resident-led committee

3. Send your creative ideas for transformation

4. Join the Q&A session on 17th February at 7pm


School Activity Sheets

Students in the Cardiff University Welsh School of Architecture Year Five Value Unit have designed a series of worksheets for schools and parents to use with children to help create designs for the lanes, including some fun activities like wordsearches. To download them, click on the link below:

School Workshop Activities Sheets