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Parks for children and young people

Parks and other green spaces are great places for children and young people to play, hang out with friends, get exercise and learn about the world around them.

Play Areas

There are over 250 public play areas in Leeds including playgrounds, ball parks, skateboard parks and teen zone. To find playgrounds in your area, check out the playground maps in the Documents section of this page.

Our playgrounds are inspected weekly to ensure they are safe to use but if you do spot a problem in a playground, you can report it by using the Contact us section of this page or calling 0113 395 7400.

Click to expandPlaces in parks that children love!

Some of our visitor attractions are really popular with children.  Follow the links in this section to find out more about visiting Tropical World and Pudsey Park visitor centre. You can also find links to Lotherton bird garden and Home Farm at Temple Newsam on this page. 

Tropical World

Pudsey Park visitors centre

Click to expandEvents

​To find out about family events and activities taking place in the parks and countryside of Leeds download the Parks and Countryside Events Leaflet below.​

Parks and Countryside events leaflet

Click to expandParks and Countryside Education Programme

​The Parks and Countryside Service provides education in ‘the outdoor classroom’ for thousands of school children each year.

Parks and Countryside staff provide curriculum-linked sessions for school groups themed around all aspects of the local environment, focussing mainly on wildlife and history.

For more information, visit the Parks and Countryside education programme webpage in the Related pages section of this page.

Click to expandActivities for children's groups

​Ranger-led sessions for playschemes, clubs and out of school groups, such as Brownies and Scouts, are available at all Leeds City Council parks and countryside sites.

Popular activities include bushcraft, bug hunting, pond dipping, seed gathering, den building and simply exploring!

The big parks and nature reserves like Roundhay park, Temple Newsam, Otley Chevin, Meanwood park, and Middleton park are the most popular for these sessions but activities can be adapted to most green spaces in the city.

For more information, download our leaflet from the link below, email parkseducation@leeds.gov.uk or call us on 0113 336 7548.​​​​​

Nature's playground leaflet

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