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    How to create strong partnerships?

    For successful implementation and management of urban space for an active lifestyle it is important that we bring together different and perhaps uncommon actors in collaborative action and with a common vision to bring about change. It is important that we first map possible stakeholders for our project (local sports clubs, housing associations, education institutions, local businesses etc) that can help us to develop the physical space, the involvement of participants, the activities and funding. Partnership need to set clear and realistic strategic goals/objectives, and the actions that can support to achieve those goals. It is important that we involve partners across sectors, both those who share your objectives and those who could otherwise be a threat to your project. Cross sectoral cooperation require attention on clear communication and acceptance of different approaches and working methodologies. It is important that all partners feel included and valued. Here is a document that can give you more information about the partnership development and how to do it. Design to MOVE, http://designedtomove.org/articles/active-cities-compete Guidelines give urban space developers a step by step solution for an investment in developing greater human, economic, social and environmental capital and to explore what people want in the community. Academic experts have identified five “settings” in any city that relate to physical activity. These are: parks, urban design, transportation, schools and workplaces. Focusing investments in these settings have been shown to deliver a solid return and have the best evidence of co-occuring benefits. These guidelines are for mayors, city managers, transport and public health officials, business community, private citizens, and urban planners, NGOs and anyone who’s working to make cities a thriving places to live. Design to MOVE - Active cities gudelines provide practical steps for setting the physical activity as priority in the city, for using existing resources and learn from good example. It is foremost about designing for people and creating a legacy. It provides a starting point for cities to adapt to local context and needs. Guide provides examples from nine cities whose leaders realized action must be taken and came up with replicable solutions. This document focuses on designing active cities. The underlying premise that is supported by a substantial base of research, is that an active city is a safer, healthier, more prosperous and environmentally sustainable city. Here is also a good example from the City of Barcelona: https://movementspaces.isca.org/pdfs/56 Activa't als Parcs.pdf The involved stakeholders in this example are local sport organisations that usually collaborate with the Municipality in the promotion and development of physical activity programs. And another good example from Birmingham city, Active Parks: https://movementspaces.isca.org/goodpractice/000_214 Active parks has had many successes, as city listens strongly to what the community wants, Birmingham City Council has established great community links within local organisations and offer participants a way to get active by removing all barriers.