There are now almost 100 sites in Portsmouth offering a range of challenging activities for children of all ages and abilities, with an additional six adventure playgrounds which are supervised. This means there’s a play area within half a mile, or 15-minute walk, of all residents in the city.

Some of the larger sites have additional activities such as sand pits, ball games areas, BMX tracks and skate parks.

For water-based play, head to the play site near the D-Day Museum which has a dedicated splash-pool, or to the Canoe Lake play area with its splash pad.

For more information, email, phone 023 9283 4180 or write to the Parks Service at Portsmouth City Council Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, PO1 2AD.

Help keep play areas safe

All the city council’s unsupervised play areas are regularly inspected, but we welcome any comments to help improve the quality of our play provision or to help deter vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

A contact number is displayed at every site so that you can report any issues to our mobile patrol.

Community Wardens provide a visible uniformed presence in Portsmouth parks and open spaces to make people feel safer, deter crime, tackle anti-social behaviour and to help keep the city clean and tidy.

Play for children with disabilities

All council-owned play areas are accessible to people with disabilities. This complies with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).

Although the Act does not cover play equipment, newly developed play areas have been designed to exceed DDA requirements by making it easier for people with a disability to move around the play area, and by providing more suitable play equipment for children with a disability.