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  1. 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. First we need to map possible stakeholders for our project (local sports clubs, housing associations, education institutions, local businesses etc) that can help to develop the physical space, the involvement of participants, the activities and funding. We all together need to set a clear and realistic strategic goals/objectives, and the actions that can support to achieve those goals. It is good to have partners that can improve urban space, activities and also those who administrate the legislation related to the urban space. Be tactical and involve partners across sectors, both those who share 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. We can use the following guide to learn how the partnership can be developed and managed within a community: Community led spaces - A guide for local authorities and community groups, by Design Council UK https://www.designcouncil.org.uk/sites/default/files/asset/document/community-led-spaces_1.pdf With the right knowledge and resources, community groups can become more actively involved, either by managing the space themselves or by licensing or leasing the space from the local authority and taking ownership of it for the benefit of the community. Many of the benefits of transferring land to community groups exist precisely because the people who live closest to the space care most deeply about it, and they usually spot opportunities or problems first. Transfer can therefore generate better quality spaces, which respond to local demand. This guide is not directly connected to physical activity development in the urban setting, but offers great insight to partnership development, inclusivity and stakeholders involvement. This publication shows some of the advantages of transferring public open spaces to community groups. It shows how open spaces function as part of a network that benefits people beyond the immediate locality. You will find in the publication few good examples and different types of spaces, and their specific characteristics and uses and learn how you can provide different opportunities and constraints for community groups that want to take over their management and ownership.
  2. Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of activities is important. They allow you to assess whether urban space and its activities achieve objectives or not. It provides also indications of progress, or lack of progress. It therefore regarded both as informative and formative, because it provides information that led to improvement of activities and offers data that assist you in terms of decision-making, effectiveness, and accountability. And it provides data as evidence base to communicate with partners, stakeholders and funders. For a good M&E we need to define criteria for success. and then plan the measurement and evaluation of the impact. To start with, I suggest to use a simple evaluation tool or use existing tools. Here is one that might help you: s System for Observing Play And Recreation in Communities - a reliable and valid observation tool for assessing park and recreation areas: https://activelivingresearch.org/soparc-system-observing-play-and-recreation-communities With M&E results you might have researched a potentials that can help you to contact potential funders. Thats why pitch your good idea and improve your advocacy process. Here is also a Guide that present how evidence and facts can help cities decision makers, urban planners and sport organisations develop MOVEment spaces in the communities. Towards More Physical Activity in Cities - Transforming public spaces to promote physical activity — a key contributor to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Europe, developed by WHO Europe: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/disease-prevention/physical-activity/news/news/2017/11/planning-cities-to-boost-physical-activity This Guidebook guides you through two concepts: physical activity as part of everyday life and the built environment. Both of these concepts have many different aspects, but this book focuses primarily on specific aspects as they relate to European cities. The Guidebook provides you evidence and facts that can help cities decision makers, urban planners and sport organisations develop MOVEment spaces in the communities. In the book you can find inspiring examples from 5 very different cities in Europe: Ljubljana, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Moscow and Barcelona. Book also explains how evaluations can be used in the planning and what kind of tool exists for MOVEment spaces development. Several cities have made improvements following the measured impacts. Here is an overview how they did it: 15 quick facts for cities - walking and cycling measures, by FLOW project http://h2020-flow.eu/resources/publications/ This fact sheet provides actual data from real life cases to support measures on improving walkability and cycling in the city without creating congestion. They describe some surprising results about overall transport efficiency that have been achieved while improving conditions for walking and cycling. You can use it as evidence for your MOVEmet spaces development in your city. These FLOW Quick Facts outline walking and cycling measures can not only improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists, but also reduce congestion. They describe some results about overall transport efficiency that have been achieved while improving conditions for walking and cycling. So rather than fearing increased congestion, these Quick Facts help inspire city planners to make bold decisions for the streets, using walking and cycling measures to provide a win-win for both the city and the citizens.
  3. Indeed, key importance is understanding who the priority target group or populations are that the active urban space and activities should be aimed at. We need to understand who is living around the urban space and who are the groups/individuals that are not already participating in existing activities. We need to plan and develop urban space for an active lifestyle that meets the ‘target’ group needs. We need to get a knowledge on the life situation and resources of our target group by having a dialogue, meeting them or visiting them. We need to ask them, not just what activities they would like, but as well what kind of activity are they able to participate in. An invite them to be part of the planning and developing process. For getting more knowledge and understanding the target groups I recommend to read Danish architectural policy - Putting people first (Guide 2014), that can be found here: https://kum.dk/uploads/tx_templavoila/Danish%20architectural%20policy_putting%20people%20first.pdf and it is developed by Ministry of Culture Denmark. This publication shows how Danish government developed the national strategy on architecture by focusing on people needs. We can use the document for understanding how to focus on enhancing citizens’ experience of architecture and their participation in democratic processes. Document includes good examples on how architecture can promote sustainability and quality of life - environmentally, socially and culturally and how education and innovation can empower architecture as a growth industry. It can inspire your country and decision makers at different ministries in your country. The Danish government - Ministry of Culture is promoting a new architecture policy focusing on citizen involvement, environmental and social sustainability and the maintenance of buildings in rural districts. The architectural policy has been developed in close cooperation between a number of ministries and stakeholders in the last few years and was launched in 2014. Danish Ministry for Culture shared: “Architecture is for the people. It sets the framework for our lives, and it affects us with its values and ideals. Therefore, we must create towns and sites where it is pleasant to live, where people can meet each other in stimulating surroundings and where the buildings are, at the same time, part of the solution to the challenges of growth, energy and migration. Here, for inspiration, is also a local project from Belguim (Brussels Environment, Boulevard du Jubile 202, 1080 Molenbeek-Saint-Jean), that was initiated and developed by people: PARCFARM, http://www.landezine.com/index.php/2017/03/parckdesign-by-taktyk-and-alive-architecture/; http://movementspaces.isca.org/goodpractice/000_186 Parcfarm is an urban farm in Brussels build on a former dumping ground by the local residents of Molenbeek. It was an idea of local people who responded to a call from Parkdesign project to create a park in the Molenbeek district that has been built around a glass farmhouse, a cafe as well as the administrative offices of the non profit organisation that runs the site. Parcfarm is also home to a communal kitchen, a series of beehives, an animal park with chickens and sheep, and a communal wood fired oven where locals can bake bread or pizzas. The project was meant to be temporary, but the success of the initiative made the city council announce it as a permanent fixture.
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