We asked you to help us Make Space for Girls by going to the park and do one simple thing – count. And hundreds of you did. So for the first time we have proper data on who is using the MUGAs (Multi-Use Games Areas – fenced pitches or cages), skate parks and BMX tracks.
The short summary is that 90% of the facilities out there are dominated by boys, who are 90% of the users.
All the rest of the data is in the report which can be downloaded below. If you want more research, guidance or information, there's plenty more available in our Resources Library. Or drop us a line on the contact form.
88% of the teenagers using the facilities were boys.
The vast majority of what is provided ‘for teenagers’ in parks consists of skateparks, BMX tracks or MUGAs (Multi-Use Games Areas, i.e. fenced pitches for football or basketball).
“It’s is mostly boys that are there. If you go up, they’ll just start shouting at you.” But girls don’t have anywhere else to go.
Download the report, share it with your council, your local park, the press or on social media - and with anyone else you think should know.
Am I collecting any data about individual people?
No: you are simply recording the number of people in total using a facility and how many are girls.
Should I talk to people using the teen facilities?
No, we are only asking you to observe and count.
Is simply observing and counting OK to do in the park?
Yes: this kind of counting is a standard academic practice used by lots of universities.
Should I take any photos?
No: taking photos/pictures of any individuals in the park could be a breach of that person’s right under privacy and data protection law. It is a specific condition of taking part in the survey that you do not take any pictures.
What if someone asks what I am doing?
If you feel safe and comfortable doing so, explain what Parkwatch is about and, perhaps, direct them to the website. But if you feel in any sense threatened or unsafe, please take yourself to a place of safety (a shop, a café, or just a bit of the park where there are more people) and tell someone what has happened.