The importance of play. Play is essential for children and young people, not just for their physical heath but for their social and cognitive development too. Their natural creativity and imagination are enhanced through play.
Dublin City Council is committed to providing accessible and inclusive opportunities to play for children and young people of all ages. We believe that children and young people have a right to be seen and heard, so we consult them in all matters concerning play and work in partnership with them and other agencies to achieve our vision of a child-friendly Dublin.
To learn more about Dublin City Council’s commitment to play, read the Dublin City Play Plan.
Find a playground
Dublin City Council manages over 125 playgrounds in parks and housing complexes.
To find your local park playground search the Visit A Park section.
If you find damaged or faulty equipment in a playground, please contact your local Council office.
Dublin City Council host a number of play activities to highlight the importance of play throughout the year. You can see a selection of upcoming events below or visit the Events page to see our full list of planned activities.
Dublin City Council can help you to organise a play day, develop natural play spaces or improve the play facilities in your area. The City Council can also help schools to facilitate play, set up play programmes or improve play spaces.
To learn more or to get advise on play in the city, contact Dublin City Council’s Play Development Office.
T. 01 222 5278
Department of Children and Youth Affairs:
- Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures - Report
- READY, STEADY, PLAY! A National Play Policy
- TEENSPACE: National Recreation Policy for Young People