A friend of mine is putting together an app/website to help parents find playgrounds and kid-friendly activities. It will allow you to add in stuff you find and comment on it (eg what age range it would appeal to). Most websites seem to feature paid-for stuff mostly so would be great idea I think. However, they need help for a spot of research right now and would love to know: 1. if you think this is a good idea 2. if you would be likely to use it 3. Where do you currently go to get info like this? Having recently found myself trawling through Stratford-Upon-Avon looking for some swings (found playground on TripAdvisor in the end) I think it would be great.
I would look on the local councils website. In fact I did do that recently when I wanted to find a playground with asphalt rather than grass as it was a wet day. And another time to see where the carpark of a playground was and if you had to pay for the carpark as I would have needed to get change.
I wouldn't use the website though. I would assume that the information wasn't up to date and that there would be parks that weren't on there. She would presumably have to rely on other people writing about the parks and I just can't see it happening. It's not an everyday thing that people review playgrounds.
If your friend lives in Chester and I am looking for carpark information for a park in newcastle, is it going to be right?
I would definitely use it. We mostly holiday in the UK and have a 3 year old, so playgrounds are high on our list. I have tried googling and looking on council websites, but the information available is patchy. For example, our local area's playgrounds aren't listed on a council website. We had a holiday in York and the playgrounds were on the council website, but by name and suburb. This made it really hard to work out which ones were close to us as we couldn't do a maps search and didn't know where all the suburbs are.